Daily Devotion:Thankfulness

This Tuesday in our staff meeting, Meggan, our Office Administrator, opened up with devotion about thanksgiving—giving thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Her words were much needed as to bring us back to reality that His grace is enough. His love is enough. What do we have to not be thankful for? 
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4
Meggan’s heart is in Romania, as she attends a Romanian Church here in Nashville to stay in tune with the culture and language.  The Romanian for thank you is, multumesc, a contraction of the Latin phrase ‘multum est’ meaning—‘it is much.’
As in, “it is enough and it is more than enough–it is much.”
She shared with us that at their church service last Sunday, all they continued to say as they prayed aloud was, multumesc, “thank you.” There were no requests, no asks made during their prayer, just “thank you.”
When was the last time we said thank you in a prayer—was it because a prayer had been answered, because something went our way, something was positive?  Was it because you were in a time of suffering?
We were not called to a life of comfort, in fact, we were guaranteed suffering—but do we not suffer because He called us His own and we live in a fallen world that will not back down in persecuting the Christian.  If that is the life we have accepted to live,  choosing to serve our Lord, the head of the church, then we will face trials and suffering, but all for the Glory of our Lord and Savior! He has chosen us. We are His. Thank the Lord for that!
Take Away’s:
1.      Sometimes the great thing that heals is doing a small thing over and over again. “giving thanks”
2.      Nothing is too much to handle when I think about the so much from His hand.  And the way out of the pressing “too much” is to say thank you for the providential “so much.”
 “You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy ; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures.”
 Psalm 16:11
In all things give thanks, because we were bought at a price, our sins have been wiped clean, we can be thankful because we know we have an eternity in heaven waiting for us, being prepared for us upon our return Home; thank you Lord for that hope and joy. I will be thankful in all circumstances because of that truth.