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{Week 4} WIWW Link-Up Party… Making thankfulness count

{Our thankful lists… precious to me.}

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 

rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught,

and overflowing with thankfulness.” ~Colossians 2:6-7

I’m not sure which I overheard first: the nine year old complaining about his lack of handheld electronic ownership, or the six year old expressing his discontentment with what we were having for breakfast.  Either way, this momma had had enough of the negative Saturday morning atmosphere, and so six members were called to the kitchen table for a family meeting.  That’s right… don’t mess with the mom and her high hopes for a peaceful, coffee-drinking, biscuits-and-gravy-eating kind of Saturday morning.

“Do everything…” 

… is all I have to say.  They hear it often.  Oh dear, more often than I care to admit.  And they know to finish the rest of the verse out loud while I give them the serious momma stare-down.

“… without complaining or arguing.” (Philippians 2:14)

As a family, we opened God’s Word that morning, and talked about the condition of our hearts.  Immediately we were reminded of all that we have to be thankful for because of Jesus.  And we agreed together that in order to FLEE grumbling, ungrateful attitudes, we had to instead PURSUE hearts of thankfulness (trust me, no one was going to dare to disagree with me at this point…).

So I whipped out six pens and six pieces of paper, and we all began writing down twenty-five things that we were thankful for that morning.  Items listed ranged from Jesus and salvation, all the way down to surgery, potties, and our beloved pet rat.  Ha. 

And we were on our way to re-setting the cycle (at least until we all needed to be reminded again) of thankfulness in our home.

I’m amazed at the level of negativity in our culture.  If you’re still unsure of this phenomenon,  you probably haven’t followed the news or facebook during an election year.  Heh.  People don’t hesitate to gripe about all sorts of things, and sadly, we who are followers of Christ can be just as guilty as those who don’t personally know the hope that Jesus brings.

What if you and I determined to re-set the cycle of thankfulness in our own little spheres of influence? 

There’s no need to wait for a holiday, for your candidate to get elected, or for a day-that-just-goes-your-way kind of day.  Colossians says that we can overflow with thankfulness, even in not-so-perfect circumstances, because our strength – our roots – go down deep in Christ.

And here’s the amazing thing: when we react to life differently than the world does, we have the opportunity to share the Reason for our hope.  And all eyes are pointed back to Jesus.  What an incredible, contagious cycle to be a part of.

Are you rooted, strengthened, and overflowing with thankfulness?

Let’s purpose to point people to Jesus by making our thankfulness count for Him.

At His feet,

Women around the world are IN THE WORD!

Every Wednesday we will have a link-up. If you are a blogger we invite you to link-up any blog posts that you have written about your quiet time that week. We ask that you put our button in the post or on your sidebar so we can find each other. We do not have code for this link up button. Just right click and save as. Then link it to http://www.goodmorninggirls.org

 


 



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  1. It was Thanksgiving in Canada (where I’m from) on Monday and I wrote about being thankful also. My view might be a little off but I have a way of psyching myself out of self-pity parties.
    http://aproductiveendeavor.blogspot.com/2012/10/being-thankful.html

  2. Thank you so much for hosting!I’ve got some encouraging Scriptures for when you need HOPE in your marriage!

    http://auntieemsguide.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/got-hope/

  3. Here’s my thankfulness post–you inspired me to make a quick list of my own this morning!

    http://katehomelove.blogspot.com/2012/10/thankfulness.html

  4. On page 176 of her book, One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp wrote, ““ …to give thanks is an action and rejoice is a verb and these are not mere pulsing emotions. While I may not always feel joy, God asks me to give thanks in all things, because He knows that the feeling of joy begins in the action of thanksgiving.”

    Joy comes into our lives when we are thankful! So having everyone write a list of 25 things to be thankful for is a wonderful act to begin the process of creating a joyful home.

  5. This must be the week that all of my crazy analogies come out! Earlier it was Middle Earth Ents and Narnian Trees, and now cars. :) Ah well, I think today’s verses just naturally lend themselves to that analogy… “And you have been filled in Him”.

  6. Thankfulness abounds today…. but I am striving for every day. Every moment, what a challenge.

    This is my first post, and link to GMG. And my first time participating in the Bible study. Thank you for what you do, it is a tremendous blessing.

    http://www.4slphotography.com/2012/10/the-battle-cry.html

  7. I am so thankful for this study and for the accountability and for the vulnerability in our group when it comes to sharing and prayer requests.

    My post is on contentment during those years when you have little kiddos (sharing over at The Better Mom)…and I actually wrote it last month…but when i was reading this week, it made me think about how closely connected thankfulness and contentment are.

    http://www.thebettermom.com/2012/10/contentment-in-the-little-years/

  8. Thanks for this encouraging word. It actually inspired me to reflect more deeply on what I should be grateful for on a daily basis. I wrote a blog post about how being more thankful in my family and serving them is something I’m working on: http://christianhomeschoolmoms.com/feeling-pretty-grateful/

  9. How I want to be more purposeful about keeping track of my thanks! More than whispers, oh to give shouts! Thanks Girl!

  10. YES! Great word Whitney!! Thank you for that reminder today. I’m going to do that with my family too. :)

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