Thankfulness is an Attitude of the Heart

Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever! – Psalm 106:1 (ESV)

Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States. But why would we be thankful just one day of the year? I think that being thankful is an attitude of the heart.

The other day, I was complaining to my husband that I had to stop at 3 different stores to purchase items that were on my list. But then I remembered; one of my photography friends lives on the prairie in southern Minnesota. She can’t just drive down to Safeway or any other grocery store to pick up groceries on the fly. If she wants to shop, she needs to be diligent, making a list, shopping in the next bigger town/city. Living in a big city, I am spoiled. Next time I get grumpy shopping, I will remind myself that not everyone has a store just around the corner.

Thankfulness is an attitude of the heart…There are so many little things in life that I am thankful for; every day. Two nights ago we had another amazing sunset. Arizona sunsets in the fall are sometimes breathtaking. I had just arrived home, and noticed that there was a pinkish hue on our back lawn. I quickly picked up my camera to snap a couple frames…from my backyard.

Thankfulness is an attitude of the heart…Two weeks ago I was blessed to photograph a model I had worked with last year. We decided on a 50’s theme for the session. Oh how fun it was to bring images to digital that I had in my head for at least 6 months.

Thankfulness is an attitude of the heart…last year, my husband started to feel bad around Thanksgiving, which resulted in a near death experience at the beginning of this year. I am happy to report that he is doing well this year.

Thankfulness is an attitude of the heart…Every morning when I get up, I am thankful that God is allowing me another day on this planet. I have a roof over my head, food in the fridge, and clothes to wear.

Thankfulness is an attitude of the heart…

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” ~ Philippians 4:8-9 (ESV)

My sweet friends; when you feel that unthankfulness is creeping in on your day to day, remember what Paul wrote in Philippians 4. Once we redirect our attention away from ourselves, we can find things we can be thankful for (daily). Christ died for us, and took our sins and nailed them to the Cross. If that is not a reason to be thankful for, I don’t know what is.

Lord of Heaven and Earth. When unthankfulness is creeping in, remind me that I have so much to be thankful for. You are the giver of life everlasting. Help me to think about whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable and anything worthy of praise. In the precious name of Jesus. Amen.

5 thoughts on “Thankfulness is an Attitude of the Heart

  1. Luwana

    What a beautiful painting from God!
    Yes, we are blessed. My husband is currently searching the fridge for the leftover dumplings. I’ve had two pieces of the triple chocolate cake. The brined turkey turned out well. The dinner conversation was pleasant. The grandson’s blessing was tear provoking. What riches!

  2. Katie Sweeting

    Thank you, Iris, for the necessary repetition in your post. We need to be reminded that thankfulness is an attitude of the heart, and we need to cultivate that attitude daily. We truly have much to be thankful for.

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