1 Timothy 4:4-5 NIV
“For everything GOD created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the Word of GOD and prayer.”

Thankfulness is something we often struggle with even as adult believers. How often have we stopped and thanked GOD for the air we breathe, the abilities we have, or the body we have been given? Of course, gratefulness does not just manifest itself in words but becomes part of our everyday lives. When we truly understand the gifts GOD has given us, it leads us to a desire to serve Him. Then, as we meditate on the Gospel and the fact that JESUS died on our behalf so that we can be forgiven, it should cause us to give our all for His honor, praise and glory! Knowing that it can be difficult in our busy lives to stop and focus on all that we are blessed with, but when we take the time to, it will impact our lives and others profoundly.  As we focus on the goodness of GOD and His provision for our lives and our salvation, we are humbled and put in the perfect place to be used by GOD. Even in our times of hardship, when we stand back and view, we get a glimpse of GOD’s  eternal perspective which leads us to rejoice, once again, and live for our Savior, King and Master!

Heavenly FATHER, Thank You for ALL that You have given me. Thank You for my Family and friends, and thank You for everyone of my brothers and sisters in CHRIST.  I am eternally grateful for Your great love, Your mercy and the gift of eternal life through JESUS. Thank You for the blessings of life. Teach me to have a thankful heart and to share this gratefulness with others. In JESUS’ Holy Name, Amen!

Forever Grateful,
Pastor Wally & Sister Mattie