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Put On Your Thanksgiving Lenses

By Fabiola Haynes

Psalm 18:49, “Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.” 

In this scripture, we see the psalmist David giving thanks unto God for delivering him from his enemies, as well as from the hand of Saul. How is it that he could praise and give thanks to God while constantly being on the run and hiding in caves? Because he knew who God was and how He was able to provide him deliverance. David could have sat in depression and simply died in a cave, but instead, he decided to look at his life through a thanksgiving lens.

It’s amazing how being thankful sure changes our view of things!

This is a principle that I try to keep in mind daily to help me have a better day in pleasing my Lord. When the house looks like an earthquake just took place, instead of complaining, I try to thank God I have five boys who will one day hopefully shake up a nation with the Gospel! When I feel like I should have my husband all to myself, I try to thank God that He gives him the wisdom and patience to help others have a great home and marriage like ours. When I feel like I’m overwhelmed with tasks to do, I try to thank God that He even allows me to be a part of His work! The list could go on.

Like my husband always says, “The quickest way to be miserable is to decide you’re going to be.”

What a truth! The days I forget to put on my thanksgiving lenses are the days I look back and realize all the joy I missed with my husband, children, and walking with the Lord.

“I can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because ‘thorn’ bushes have roses.”-Unknown


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