It’s such a beautiful time of year here in the States. While in one hemisphere the heat is turning up, the one I am in the leaves are falling and winter coats are coming out. A few weeks ago I celebrated my third Thanksgiving. It’s so beautiful to take a day to celebrate and be thankful. I decided to write down everything I am thankful for in 2016. I think I’m a pretty thankful person but there was something powerful about writing it all down.
In the waiting
I have felt the feeling of ‘waiting’ for something to happen. Writing what I am thankful for caused me take courage in the waiting. It’s not just about being thankful, it’s about remembering the good. Remembering overcoming pain. Remembering the moments of impact that shifted the course of my thinking. As I kept writing and remembering I felt a shift happen in my spirit. It created a momentum that brought joy. Ever wondered how you get joy? Follow the path of thanksgiving and it will lead you there. Thankfulness cultivates Joy in our life. I look back and see where I had uncertainty and see how all things have worked out together for my good. This gives me a steadfast confidence that the uncertainty in my future is in good hands.
Thankful for the future
I also wrote a list of all the things I was thankful for that are coming in my future. I didn’t just write down the things I have planned or coming up. I was thankful for the uncertain, ‘impossible’ dreams working out or coming true.
Fear in uncertainty – I don’t like not knowing. I don’t like the feeling of being out of control. But I’ve realised in order for me to be brave and go after the impossible and live a big life I need to lean into the discomfort of the unknown. That’s why remembering what I have overcome in times of uncertainty restores my confidence and brings me back to peace.
Pursued by goodness
I see how my mentality has changed from ‘there is never enough’ to ‘there is always enough’. Ungratefulness kept me in a cycle of scarcity and fear for the future. Thankfulness keeps me safe in a cycle of goodness. My favorite verse at the moment is this, “So why would I fear the future? For I am being pursued only by your goodness and unfailing love.” Psalm 23:6 TPT
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