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Thankfulness… we all experience this, right? I mean, it was just thanksgiving, we are all thankful for something. Over the years, every thanksgiving, I’ve been thankful! I am thankful for God, my house, my amazing family, air to breathe, etc.. But this year, oh this year… God did some work.
This year, I felt truly thankful. At least for me, I’ve always thought I was thankful. It’s like one of the things you are taught to do that becomes a habit. Yes, I am still thankful for all the things I put above, but I am thankful on a whole new level.
God started new work in me, Sunday, November 18th 2018.
It was just a couple days before thanksgiving, and it honestly was probably the most productive day I have had in a month or so: I was planning on going to the gym with my parents so I wouldn’t be home alone, but laziness (or maybe it wasn’t laziness) called me to stay back. I decided I was finally going to clean my room. So, I got my Jesus music playin’ and started the work.
After a while, it was clean! Now, why am I telling you this? Because, at least for me, a clean room makes me want to do stuff; especially learn about Jesus! I sat on my book nook right by my window, did my bible study “homework”, read a bit of a Christian book, and journaled in my prayer journal. Mid-way through my Jesus time, I looked up out of the window. And I saw something spectacular! Just kidding, I just saw a tree. But that’s it. A tree with it’s leafs falling and sun reflecting upon it. Have you ever experienced such a peaceful moment? If you have, think about how wonderful it was. I felt the crisp, fall air through my window, and breathed in thankfulness.
Let me tell you all, it was one of the best feelings ever. No joke. Not only did it help me see new things to be thankful for, it helped me to be even more thankful for God and how He sent Jesus to die for me. Also, we had just sung a song (Before the Throne of God Above, I think it’s called) in Church that morning that has the lyrics somewhat like:
“When Satan tempts me to despair, And tells me of the guilt within, Upward I look, and see Him there Who made an end to all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died, My sinful soul is counted free; For God, the Just, is satisfied To look on Him and pardon me.”
Whoa, let’s just take a second. Man, that song gets me teary eyed every time. God literally sent Jesus to take and bear every single little sin, so that we can be righteous. When Jesus was on the cross, God saw me. And now every time God sees me; He sees Jesus. Am I the only one who wants to cry and clap right now? THANK YOU GOD!
This fancy new word I learned in Sunday school kind of goes along with this. It is called “Double Imputation.” Which is basically meaning that our sin was imputed on Christ, and his righteousness was imputed back onto us. Praise. The. Lord.
My eyes got opened wider. I realized how beyond bless I am and how thankful I can be. I believe that to be truly thankful, you gotta spend some quality time with God. There is nothing like the power that can fill you from studying the scriptures. I can’t really explain that well how thankfulness feels, but it gives you a new perspective. It let’s you experience that Jesus joy! So, naturally, God was like,
“Yay! Now that you’ve learned this thankfulness, I got another thing in store for you.”
God was telling me that I need to start making time for Him. You all, I just said I need to make time for Him. I know so well that you can be busy. That’s normal. Sometimes you have days so packed that all you can do is shoot up a quick prayer (which is still good)! Maybe some days you are super busy, but you have one hour of free time. Oh no, Lily, don’t say it is what you may be thinking. During that one hour, do you watch tv (or do whatever distracts you most), or do you read your Bible (even if it’s just studying one chapter)?
Ephesians 4:3 tells us,
“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.”
We need to make every effort we can to keep ourselves united with Christ. If we don’t, eventually we can and will fall away from God, and I don’t want that to happen (because, like I’ve mentioned before, God is superb).
Spending time with God is always worth it.
I struggle so much with spending time with God. And this causes me to be more moody and grumpy! You can just ask my family… I get real grumpy sometimes. But you know what? I always know, in the back of my head, that to make me happy again I need to spend time with Jesus. For we already know earthly things can’t satisfy us, and whenever I really take time with God, I am so happy and peppy! Psalms 1:1-2 tells us:
“How happy is the one who does not walk in the advice of the wicked or stand in the pathway with sinners or sit in the company of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night.”
That Psalm is telling us straight on how happy we will be if we take time with God, not sinful things!
I believe that you honestly cannot be truly thankful without studying/spending time with God. Wouldn’t you agree? Without spending daily time with God, I am never fully happy. I never fully grasp the reality of His works (or at least try to grasp more of it, because God is incomprehensible)!
To give a summary, God is the bestest person ever. And, experiencing thankfulness and the joy of God is the preeminent feeling in the world! I pray we all could feel it once in our lives, or forever and ever!
(Thanks for reading 🙂 )
***Remember, spending time with God daily and truly devouring his word, is so worth it.