A Thankful Heart

Recently, I’ve been learning a lot about a thankful heart.  Largely inspired by Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts.  I’ve also blogged about it here, here, and here

This morning, I was reading a fabulous devotional book by Holly Wagner, lent to me by an incredibly thoughtful and generous friend, called Daily Steps for God Chicks, a great 90-day devotional.

This morning, today’s verse was:

“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.”
Colossians 4:2 (NLT)
Prayer is such a cornerstone of our faith and our ability to connect and commune with God.  Sadly, it’s easy for me to treat prayer either as something I need to check off my to-do-list for the day, or something that I run to out of desperation, solely focused on getting my needs met.  
Rare are the times when my heart is dedicated and alert, focused on the sacred act of speaking to our God.  Even more rare are the times when I enter into prayer with a thankful heart; so mindful of God’s hand on my life, His blessings, and His abundant provisions.   
But in Colossians 4, Paul tells us that the basis of our prayers should be a grateful heart.  We have so much to be grateful for!  So instead of running off my “wish list” to God, I want to first come to Him and thank Him for what He’s already done and cling to what He has promised in His Word.  
Holly concluded by asking us to list off 5 things we’re thankful for, so this morning, here’s my list:

1.  A husband that I love over candle lit dinners and walks on the beach, but even more so in the crummy, mundane acts of life like packing and moving.  (That’s right, move #4 here we come!!)

2.  A job where, most mornings, I wake up incredibly excited to head into the office.

3.  A fabulous beach service yesterday with our beloved church.  And the lyrics of the closing song:

You fill those who are empty
And rescue those in the valley
And through it all You calm my soul
You find me in my weakness
And heal the wounds of my heartache
I worship You in spirit and truth…
4.  Though my future is uncertain and unknown to me, my God knows the way, and ultimately, it is good.
5.  My grandmother Babby’s 85+ years of life and the legacy she continues to leave as a woman faithfully dedicated to her husband, her family, and most importantly, her beloved God.  She never ceases to amaze me! (she turned 85 on Saturday)
Thank you Lord, for your indescribable gifts!!