Monday, for most, is a day they feel they can do without. Going to a job that they cannot stand or being around coworkers telling tall tales of their weekend adventures. Some could just be having a bad day. Children could have been causing trouble, financial issues, spouse issues, etc. I want to let you know that Monday or any day, for that matter, doesn’t have to be the worst day of the week.
Give thanks instead for what you have. Give thanks for the job you have because there are some who search and cannot get one. Give thanks for your family, no matter how dysfunctional it may be. There is someone out there without a family. Be thankful for your income, because there is someone out there without. Be thankful that you woke up this morning because there are some who passed away in the night. Be thankful for the small things, hearing your children laugh or your spouse trying to repair the pipe that busted and is not getting anywhere with it. Be thankful for the meal that was cooked even though it didn’t taste that great.
Remember the good times. That diaper accident that went from simple routine to a national disaster. That water balloon fight inside the house that soaked the carpet and furniture. Be thankful for that broken fax machine that you want to take out back and smash with a baseball bat. The list can go on forever but if you train yourself to think on the good in every situation, you will become a happier and stronger person.
In my life, I have to constantly give thanks. I give thanks for the food we have, the roof over our head, hearing my children laugh while they play and for the people who care enough about our well-being that they are willing to help us out. I’ve been blessed with some new furniture and clothes and shoes for my daughter. You have no idea how much of a blessing that is when you cannot afford to do anything. I thank the Lord every day because of it. He knows my needs and he stirred the heart of those few people to help me out. None of this was expected at all and came to a surprise to me. I am so grateful to them, especially to my Lord because he truly protects and cares for his own.
Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. (1 Chronicles 16:8 KJV)
Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare. (Psalms 75:1 KJV)
Give thanks in all things. I thank God for the grace and favor upon my life. I thank God for his mercy. I thank God that he loves me so much that he sent is own son to die for me. I thank God for this world he created for me. I thank God for this complex system called a body. I thank God that I am a woman and I thank God that I have had the privilege to bring lives into this world. I even thank God for my estranged husband. I pray for his return daily but I also know what the Lord has promised me.
Be thankful in all things, always.