For the past two weeks my wife and I have been away traveling and enjoying the sights in both Tennessee and Florida. We are thankful to be able to travel with our families and visit friends but it is always nice to come back to the place we call home.
You might say, home is where your heart is. Home is the place where we settle down with the familiar things in life. As we enter this season of thanksgiving, a time and season in the year we call Thanksgiving; it is my prayer that today’s thought helps to open the door to a greater perspective of what it means to be thankful and prayerful in all things.
Thanksgiving and praise to God is the very component of prayer that opens the gateway to the glory of God for and in one’s life.
- Psalms 100:3 – 4 (NLT) Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him and praise His name. Our life on earth is to be a life of praise and thanksgiving unto God. It is to be a life-style of thanksgiving everyday all year round.
- Apostle Paul puts it this way, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT).
This brings up the question, What is God’s will for you and me?
We can answer this question from the previous scripture. Thankfulness plays an important part in God’s will for our life. We need to learn to be thankful in everything. This does not necessary mean we need to give thanks for everything that happens.
As a Christian following Godly ways we can be certain that the Holy Spirit will guide and lead us in the direction of God’s plan and will for us. At times we just don’t listen to His direction and wonder off doing our own thing.
There are times of repentance needed when we have been disobedient in following His guidance. We are to keep our hearts set in the direction of thanksgiving at all times no matter what circumstances we are in or passing through. This is God’s will for you and for me.
In the good times we give Him thanks for His blessings and goodness. In the times of the storms when things are going bad we give Him thanks for His faithfulness because as His child we are confident that He will take care of us.
As we look to God daily lets be thankful for ALL we have, families, friends and for the provision that God has provide for us. I am thankful for the place I can call, home.
Yes, home is where the heart is!
Be blessed in this season of thanksgiving!
As always, love in Christ Jesus,