The Thankfulness Game

Several years ago, on a day when I was feeling particularly grumpy, my husband (who wasn’t my husband yet) suggested we take turns naming things we’re thankful for. We went back and forth dozens of times, and the only rule to what we later dubbed “The Thankfulness Game” was that we couldn’t name something that had already been named by someone else.

We started out naming the big things: God’s love, family, housing, food, etc. But after several rounds we started thinking about some of the things in life that we usually take for granted: silly stuff like toothpaste and pillows, and awesome things like seasons, wonders of the world, and the ability to see and hear. Before long, we were not only smiling, but we were laughing at some of the silly yet wonderful ways God has blessed us—from the smallest things in life that we take for granted, to the greatest blessing of our salvation through Jesus Christ. Our God is a generous God. He doesn’t give His children just a few pleasures in life. He loads us with benefits every day.

So, when you’re feeling grumpy and full of complaints, take out a piece of paper and start writing a list of one hundred things you’re thankful for. It won’t be long before you realize that God has LOADED you with benefits.

“Psalm 68:19 “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.”

Published in: on April 13, 2008 at 10:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

God is My Protector

On Friday night a town on the other side of my state was almost completely obliterated by a tornado. I was sobered Saturday morning as I read the report of the devastation in Greensburg, Kansas: 9 people dead and 90% of the town destroyed. No church was left standing.

As I was heading to bed on Saturday night, a storm was brewing outside, so Dan turned on the weather radio: Tornado Watch until 5am. Oh no. The tragedy of the previous night was too fresh on my mind. I felt seized with panic. After all, we live in a mobile home–one of the worst types of shelter during a tornado. Dan was planning on staying up for awhile, so I asked him to wake me up when he was ready to go to bed, and I would stay up until the Watch was over. Although it’s a good idea to keep tabs on a storm so you’ll know if you need to find more suitable shelter, I knew that I was not placing my trust in the Lord–the One who controls the winds and the rain. I was relying on my watchfulness to protect us from a possible tornado. Thankfully, I had recently meditated on a verse that came to mind: Psalm 127:1 “Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain.” I confessed to God that I have no control over our safety, and I prayed that HE would keep us safe.

Dan checked the weather radio on and off until about 12:30 am and then he felt satisfied that nothing was going to happen here, so he went to bed. I still got up every hour or so (more often when I thought I heard strange wind outside) to check the weather radio and to look outside, but it gave me peace to remember that God is my Protector and my Safety.

Published in: on May 7, 2007 at 4:42 pm  Leave a Comment