One of the many areas God has been working in my life is moving me to spending a quiet moment with Him in the morning. I have not been faithful to the call first thing in the morning the past couple of weeks but trying. Confession, I am NOT a morning person, I do not love to get up early. As a matter of fact, my husband would happily tell you my goal is to get up out of the bed, to the coffee pot and then to the couch to sit and wake. Truly, there are days when I could happily sit there waking up for one hour in the quietness of the late morning. However, my two sweet, small boys don't allow their Mama to sit there for one hour to wake up. They have needs that need to be met!
On to the point...I have a Women's Devotion Bible that I use and have gone to the devotion topics index and chosen joy and then to thankfulness, which I finished up this morning. I kind of had an "AHA" God moment, which will seem like a duh moment to most. I love that God has been showing me that a thankful heart leads me to being filled with His joy. One of my favorite scripture passages is I Thessalonians 5:16-18: Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. It has dawned on me that I can be joyful when I keep in constant communication with my Heavenly Father and give Him thanks. It was an "AHA" when God spoke to my heart that being thankful may not change the circumstances, but it absolutely can change my heart. As God has made me aware of this truth, I have realized that the days I am grumbling and decide to start thanking Him, my heart is changed toward one of gratitude. What are you thankful for? On days that are tough, what can you thank Him for in your life? Lord, thank You for changing my grumbling heart to a heart that is thankful.