“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.
Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.” ~Thomas Merton
God loves you…
• Not because you go to church.
• Not because you follow the rules.
• Not because you do your best.
• Not because you’re lovable.
God Loves you because…
• Of who He is.
• He is love.
• He chooses to love you.
• Of His grace and mercy.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Psalm 107:1
Out of His perfect love He meets every need. Not always the way we want Him to, but always in ways that are good and give Him glory.
Yet we doubt. The enemy shouts and points to evil, pain, and poverty tempting us to question His promises, and we ask:
Why would God allow..?
Because He loves.
He knows the end from the beginning and the present. He knows His plans for each person. He knows the master plan for humanity.
Trust my love.
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” Jesus, in John 14:1
Look for God’s Love in Everything
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• Getting out of bed.
• A warm home.
• Indoor plumbing.
• Hot water.
• Clean water.
• Plants and animals.
• Sun, moon, and stars.
Jesus. Grace. Mercy.
I’m starting my Thanksgiving week thanking God for His perfect love. Asking Him to help me see His love everywhere in everything. Repenting of the times I focus on evil and look through a lens of selfishness. Praising Him for His grace and mercy. Praising Him for Jesus.
Are you stressed as you make preparations for your family gathering? Are you trying to please the unpleasant? Are you anxious about personality clashes? Are you intent on providing a perfect celebration for less than perfect people?
It’s okay if your table settings don’t match and your potatoes are lumpy. It’s okay if your aunt and your sister are crabby, and your uncle wants to watch football. It’s okay if you can’t get everyone together at the same time.
Just be thankful.
Trust His love.
Make a Blessings Jar or a Gratitude Tablecloth.
Tablecloth post at Daring Young Mom
Celebrate and thank God for His perfect love this week and into the Christmas season ahead.
Where do you see God’ perfect love?