49. Be grateful

I mentioned last week that we live right next to the Irene Research Farm. And a month ago there was a runaway fire on the farm that nearly burned down some of the houses on the estate. But thankfully the fire was brought under control. Now this week on the other side of the farm they burned some of the fields that were not affected by the fire for research purposes. It was a controlled fire, but due to the black smoke billowing out on the horizon, it was clear that something went wrong. We went to stand on the first floor of our house and we saw that some of the farm workers' houses caught fire. It was a devastating sight to see. Now due to that fire and a wind that later started blowing, a lot of soot blew into our house once again.

Just after writing the previous devotion I went upstairs to our bathroom to brush my teeth. And there I saw soot lying all around in the basin and on the counters. Instantly I was irritated, thinking when will it start raining that all these soot can just disappear and stop coming into our home! I was getting a bit fed up with it, due to the amount of soot we had in our house weeks after the first fire too. Immediately the Holy Spirit spoke in my heart and reminded me how fortunate I was. A little bit of soot is nothing compared to the workers who lost their homes on the farm. It felt like cold water was thrown over me. He was absolutely right. I was ashamed at my attitude and repented and prayed for those who lost their home.

We are all very fortunate. Just the fact that you are reading this, tells me that you are fortunate enough to have a computer/ tablet/ smart phone to read it from. You are blessed to have internet, blessed to have eyes to see and you are blessed that you are able to read. You are blessed that you are allowed to read Christian devotions and you are blessed to have the time to read this. We are blessed with so much and yet we can so easily forget that.

We all are fortunate and we need to thank God every day that we are. Paul states it in so many places, I'll just quote Ephesians 5:20 for today:

"ALWAYS give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Live with an attitude of thanksgiving. We have so much! A friend of mine shared her story the other day with me and told me how she lost everything and how she only had God left. And it made her realize, that if God is all she had, it was enough, more than enough and she was thankful.

Get up in the morning thanking God that you are able to get up, thank Him that you can see, thank Him that you had a bed to sleep in and thank Him for the day to come and that you can hold on to the promise that He will always be with you.

Thank You Father for so much. We are overflowing with grace and love. Thank you for blessing us. Without You we are nothing, mere dust of the earth. But with You we are more than conquerors! Please forgive us if we are not always as grateful as we should be. Amen

2 comments for “49. Be grateful”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Friday, 27 September 2013 at 8:04:04 AM

    You are right, we have SO much to be thankful for. We should focus on what we have, rather than on what we do NOT have and we will become much happier.

  2. Gravatar of LouinaLouina
    Posted Wednesday, 02 October 2013 at 10:52:23 AM

    Thank you for reminding us to be thankful!

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