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Psalms 105:1 “Hallelujah! Thank GOD! Pray to him by name! Tell everyone you meet what he has done!”
Psalms 105:2 “Sing him songs, belt out hymns, translate his wonders into music!”
Psalms 105:5 “Remember the world of wonders he has made, his miracles, and the verdicts he’s rendered…” (MSG)
He said, at the beginning of each year they get an empty jar, label it “Jar of Thanksgiving”. Every time God does something special for any member of his family, himself, his wife or children, the fellow scribbles it down on a piece of paper and drop it inside the jar. At the tail end of each year like this, they open up the jar and read out the scribbled notes. He said they give genuine thanks and praise to God Almighty and they all end up wiping tears of joy from each others face!
This process helps them discover that indeed God was merciful and gracious to them all through the year. No wonder the song writer said, count your blessings, name them one by one at it will suprise you what the Lord has done!
I sure don’t have a jar but I’ve a file I named “Jar of Thanksgiving” which is in my Skydrive, granting me access to it everywhere I go. I update it each time I’ve a testimony and it’s one of my motivations for this piece. A dear friend of mine said she keeps her own “Jar of Thanksgiving” in a jotter and has been reviewing it since I started this series on stock taking.
Friend, do you have such a jar? Why do people complain without looking back to thank God?
The English word “thank” shares the same root as “think.” Meaning thankfulness is intimately connected to thoughtfulness. A man can’t be grateful without being mindful of the many benefits he enjoys in life from his Maker.
In case you think God has not done anything, let me give you just one reason to thank Him. By the end of 2014, your heart would have beat about 35 million times…to be continued
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