Conntecting the Dots

The Secret to a Thankful Heart

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! My family will spend the day together, enjoying our time with each other and savoring the traditional turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and more. I look forward to talking about the things for which we’re thankful. I wonder what the grandkidlets will say?

Giving thanks is stressed repeatedly in Scripture. Ya think God values it? I do. And if He values it, then we ought to as well.

Sometimes feeling thankful feels nearly impossible, especially when we face difficult circumstances. And yet, God tells us to do it. How can we do it? I think I found the secret!

Colossians 2:6-7 says, “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him.  Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

What’s the secret to being able to give thanks at all times? By growing strong in the truth of God’s Word. When our lives are being built on and around His promises, then our hope remains strong no matter what challenges we face.

We stand firm knowing that Christ prays for us. We know God’s able to work all things together for the good of those who love Him. We know that He will someday wipe away all tears. And we know that our difficulties will someday pass because heaven awaits.

When we built our lives on the truth of God’s Word, then thanksgiving becomes automatic. And not just a little bit! Scripture says we’ll overflow with thankfulness.

Enjoy Thanksgiving, my Canadian friends! May your hearts be filled with thankfulness for all that God has promised. Leave a comment–what’s one thing for which you’re thankful today?

I’ll start. I’m thankful for my husband and our 30-year marriage.

4 Responses to “The Secret to a Thankful Heart”

  1. Twylla Sutton

    I’m thankful for my husband and how I’ve seen our love grown stronger and stronger over 40 years of marriage! And I can’t stop there – I am thankful for my three children, their spouses, and seven beautiful granddaughters!

    • Grace

      Yes, I can relate! I’m thankful for my three children, my daughter-in-law and son-in-law, and my four grandkidlets.

  2. Nancy Ruegg

    Grace, you are so right. When we focus on our God, His promises, and His blessings, we can’t help but be thankful. And when we’re rejoicing, our circumstances cannot control us. Familiar truth, but I need reminding. Thank you for bringing my focus back to what is excellent and praiseworthy (Phil. 4:9)!
    What’s one thing I’m thankful for today? The ability to communicate beyond barks or clucks! With words we can console, encourage, teach, inspire, and amuse. It’s one way we’ve been crowned with glory and honor (Psalm 8:5b). And I find it amazing!

    • Grace

      Hi Nancy:
      When I really stopped to think about what this verse was saying, I felt as though a light turned on in my head re: how we can give thanks in all things. Simple yet profound!


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