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A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart

by Brandy Webb

The author of this quote is unknown, but I really like it. I think that the first time I heard part of it was on Veggie Tales.  

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    A thankful heart is a happy heart. Being Thankful for what I have, that’s a good place to start.

Every year at this time I write something about being thankful because it is Thanksgiving time in America. However, the truth is, thankfulness should be a 24 hour 7 days a week character trait in us all. We all want to be set apart from the world. We all want to resist the devil. We all want to walk the path that leads to the Kingdom of God. Well, one major step forward in all those directions is being thankful.  

    And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.     Colossians 3:15-17

    In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.    1 Thessalonians 5:18

    Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!...Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.   Psalm 118:1, 5-7

A thankful heart does not have room for jealousies, selfishness, greed, strife, anger, bitterness, etc…  A thankful heart is content and grateful. We have a Father in Heaven who can do anything and a savior Jesus who died to set us all free. These two things alone give us reason to lift our hands in praise and thanksgiving. So, don’t let Satan win by clouding your mind and blinding your eyes where you overlook the many things around you to thank God for. When you are down give God thanks. When you are joyful, give God thanks. In all circumstances, praise and thank God.  Let every breath praise his name and watch as the devil flees from you.