Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Our 2015 Must Have: A Grateful Heart

All of this month of December, I have been teetering on the edge of a 'sadness' breakdown. God helping me, I really fought off the many urges I had to 'attend' the pity parties the devil kept trying to organize for me.  But it has been hard. I miss my dad so much I cannot even explain it and 'issues that touch' were just rearing up all around me. This is why I love blogging/writing. It is so easy to type 'lol' or *smiling* when your heart is breaking. And you know, it works. At least it works for me. I love my writing and it is hard for me to stay down too long once I am here or on my other platforms. It brings such joy...... Anyway, I digress. What have I really come here to share on this last day of 2014.

I come to share about grateful hearts. Yours and mine.

See, I was driving myself mad because somehow my thanksgiving levels had dipped. All the energy I should have been using to thank God for all the wonderful things he had done in 2014 was being channeled into the gutter of fear and worry. What a ''weist'' as Chigurl would say! But the moment I chose to  re-set my thinking and focus on God's awesome love for me, I got a word that totally filled me with peace. In an instant my facts were slayed by God's Truths. God said to me:

''Don't worry about 2015 and all the facts you see. I am your PapaGod, the One who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, See, Salt, forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.''

Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! 

So yes, my facts are mighty but my PapaGod eats 'mighty' for breakfast! I cannot tell you how tripped I was to get this word because it was such direct real time response to the questions in my heart. And do you know what I realized? The response came the moment I began to thank God. Yes, my gratitude 'moved' God.  I am not trying to suggest that we can 'bribe' God with thanksgiving. All I am saying is that all through the Bible, I see God moving specially for people who knew how to praise and thank Him. Till today, one is known as 'a man after God's own Heart'; another is the 'wisest man that ever lived' and my favorite of all, sits at the right hand of God and has a name above every other name! Come on! I want some of that! You nko?  So how we go take do am now? How shall we maintain grateful hearts? Many ways but here is one practical one: 

In 2015, we shall open and keep a Gratitude Journal. Simple. Every day before we go to bed, we will capture all our daily reasons to be grateful and we will thank God.  I promise, the more we write in thanks to Him, the more reasons our loving God will give us to thank Him. We will go to bed smiling and grateful and wake up smiling and grateful. And guess who will be smiling too. God.

I tell you, this is the open secret to having an amazing 2015. Don't be stingy. Share it with all you love. Let's do this and watch our gratitude take us all to great heights this new year!

Happy New Year People!!!!!!!

See you next year by the special grace of God!!!

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