Friday, January 10, 2014

Being Thankful For Blessings Given In the Past

Thankfulness can run deep.  Most often, when we think of thanking God for things or writing down what we are thankful for over Thanksgiving, we think of current things. Things like our house, family, something we currently own, or are able to do.

All important things to be thankful for.

But we forget. We forget so easily the things and blessings that were given to us in the past. Things we asked God for, or things we were thankful for years ago. And just because they aren’t “current,” doesn’t mean we still shouldn’t be thankful. For who puts a time limit on thankfulness? When does it become the time frame in which we should no longer be thankful for something that happened 2 years ago, 5, or 15 years ago?

I say there IS no time frame. We should still be thankful.

I try to recall things from my past from time to time when I’m praying. I try to bring them to the surface of my mind and thank God for the things that happened in my yesterdays, and thank Him again for them TODAY. For they are still blessings that happened in my life. Still things I’m thankful for, even though I’m not currently walking in the feeling of receiving those blessings.

I am STILL thankful God kept me safe from a certain car accident when my girls were little. So from time to time when it’s brought to my mind, I thank Him for protecting us.

I am STILL thankful for a couple of court victories in my life. Just because they happened years ago doesn’t mean I can’t still thank God for their outcomes.

I am STILL thankful for past homes I owned.  Gifts given to me by others. People that God brought into my life. Deliverance from certain spiritual battles.

I’m touched. And I’m thankful when I think of them. Today.

God does so much in our lives. Not just today and currently, but he’s done them for years and years. There is no time limit on saying ‘thank you.’ We can still be reminded of God’s goodness and His faithfulness and we can still honor Him by letting Him know we haven’t forgotten what He’s done for us.

There IS so much to be thankful for. Not just in our lives today – but in our lives as a whole.  Acknowledge it. And be thankful for it all again.

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