Wednesday

Thankfulness & Happiness go Hand in Hand - A Dose of Encouragement








When you think of Thankfulness what comes to your mind?



When you think of Happiness what comes to your mind?








When my husband and I think of thankfulness we often talk of God's protection over the years.         

       One winter Sunday evening we were driving home on the same road on which we then travelled twice every Sunday to go from our home in Banbridge to the church we attended in Lurgan. The drive takes 20/25 mins depending on traffic but on Sunday evenings there is normally very little traffic on that road.


        A certain section of the road has a few quite significant dips so that as you drive up towards one of these you have no real view ahead and the road is clearly signed to tell drivers about this in advance. So as we drove along in the dark around 8.30pm and came to the slight brow of a hill before one of these dips we suddenly saw several lights of cars coming towards us but as well as this we saw a set of lights coming towards us on our side of the road. 


       This is a country road with a very narrow footpath and hedges or walls etc. so usually no room to manoeuvre. A large lorry (truck for my American friends) was trying to overtake 3 or 4 cars and was still on the wrong side of the road; he had obviously ignored the signs about the dips in the road and also the road markings which clearly showed that no overtaking was allowed on that stretch of road.


        The only thing my husband Fred could do was to swerve in to the side of the road as the lorry tried to cut back into his proper side in front of the lead car. Up until then there had been no break in the narrow footpath but at the exact place that we had to cut in there was a gap in the footpath and in the hedge because there was an entrance to something there. 

Just enough room for our car to get in out of the way as the lorry skimmed past us.


Obviously God had brought us to the right spot at the right time

 and saved our lives.



There are big things in our lives that can cause us to be thankful & happy like this time 
and the other times He has protected us in the car. 

 You can read about these occasions at:
4 Accidents and a ????  (pt1)
4 Accidents and a ????  (pt2)
4 Accidents and a ????  (pt3)
4 Accidents and a ????  (pt4)
4 Accidents and a ????  (pt5)



But there are also the other smaller things everyday that we sometimes forget to be happy about. 

We have had several times when we have been thankful to God because of his hand of protection but so many other times we forget to be thankful for the things that make us happy.  Most of us will have something each day which makes us happy but often we forget to thank God for that (however small) thing He has provided in our life.




Then also we often forget to thank others who in some big or small way help us out.

One example is the time I was happy to have been able to help someone I only knew online, with somethings that I used to have to ask others to help me with.






Isn't that nice that Caroline acknowledged the help I had given her, she didn't need to do that, but thankyous are always appreciated.


Then there are the friends that you make that no matter what happens throughout the years you know they will always be your friends.  The ones who know you for who you really are.  Such a gift to be thankful for.








Who or what are you thankful for & happy about today?


So many times we are drawn to think on the more unpleasant things in life which lead to unhappiness and they can keep us from being thankful for anything when we are in that frame of mind.  






What can we do to keep the right frame of mind and not get into that attitude that can get worse and worse as we dwell on the hurts and unpleasantness caused by others?





 

We can remember that God has not promised us that everything will always be perfect for us, that every day will not be full of happy events, that many days will bring upon us the more unpleasant things in this imperfect world.

 

One of the saddest times in my life was when I miscarried my first pregnancy.

All those years ago most people did not know what to say or how to comfort someone but God sent me someone – not a particularly close friend, not someone who had gone through a similar experience, not someone who was even married.

He sent me someone who simply said they were sorry about what had happened and were praying for me and then they gave me a card with a little poem.  Somehow that card got lost – I just don’t know how or when but then one day I saw the same poem

 




I bought this box and it sits in my study now (empty) but it reminds me to be thankful and happy that God will care for me through the worst of times.


Memories of times when we proved God's comfort and love are GOOD! 




God’s word also reminds us that: 
  • God’s love to us never ends.
  • God’s mercy to us never ends.
  • God’s faithfulness to us never ends.







So let's not forget that:
  • God has promised to be with us at all times, the best and the worst.
  • God has given us His Holy Spirit to guide us in all our days.
  • God is still with us even when we don’t feel we are close to Him.
  • God is still demonstrating His love even if we are not looking for it.









16 comments:

  1. Thank you Sandra for these good reminders about being thankful to our God.He truly is so good to us!

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  2. You start with a very dramatic story, but I think your point is that we don't need to wait for big, dramatic events to rejoice and be glad in the day the Lord has made for us. We can find something to be glad about even on our worst days. Well done.

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  3. A great reminder to be thankful to our God. While He hasn't promised us a life of no pain, He has promised to be with us every step of the way. And for that we can be grateful. Love the poem, too!

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  4. I’m not sure if my post worked. So I’m gonna try again. Thank you for sharing this reminder to be thankful. But also thank you for sharing your testimony. It will encourage us all as we think about God‘s ability to bring us through anything!

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  5. Thank you, Sandra, for the encouragement to be thankful in all things. Philippians 4:8 is one of my favourite verses! The things we spend time thinking about has a big impact on our attitude and happiness. God is so good to us! Thanks for the reminder to remember the truth of who God is and what He has done for us.

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  6. "So many times we are drawn to think on the more unpleasant things in life which lead to unhappiness and they can keep us from being thankful for anything when we are in that frame of mind." This post is such a good reminder to keep our focus on where it needs to be and have an eternal mindset...

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  7. Thankfulness is such an important topic for Christians to learn about and practice. Whenever I think of this, I am so thankful for all that God has done for me, especially since that He saved me!

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  8. Such great reminders about God's glory and goodness! And lovely reminders of how hard He works to get get our attention

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  9. Thankfulness is so often overlooked especially for the small things in life. God does so many small things for us each day and we take them for granted. Thanks for reminding me to be more thankful.

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  10. I love reading about God's everyday miracles, like your experience with the truck on the way home from church. May the Holy Spirit help us to take more notice of these things so that we can rejoice more in God's care.

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  11. Such great examples of God's faithfulness to us in daily life! You reminded me that we should not only be thankful for things that God graciously provides but also for things that he does not give us for our protection and good.

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  12. Sandra, thank you for writing about being thankful and connecting God to the many good events of our lives no matter what they are. He is behind it!

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  13. I love your box. "God has not promised skies ever blue...but rest after labor and light for our way." So good. It inspires me to be grateful too!

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  14. Reading through this post, I conclude that Thanksgiving is a key to happiness. It is such a wonderful read

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  15. Thanksgiving should be a thing we do everyday, we don't have to wait for special days before we are grateful to God for very little things, people he has brought our ways. Thank you for this great reminder

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  16. "So many times we are drawn to think on the more unpleasant things in life which lead to unhappiness and they can keep us from being thankful for anything when we are in that frame of mind." This post is such a good reminder to keep our focus on where it needs to be and have an eternal mindset...

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