As spring begins and the trees begin to recover from the winter months, the newness of life is one that can be compared to our lives once we are in Christ. Every winter the trees and plants begin to die. But soon the rain comes and the weather warms up, the plants and trees begin to blossom and come back to life.
Intentional gratitude is always top-of-mind this time of year, with Thanksgiving quickly approaching. With the hustle and bustle of life, it’s often easy to forget that expressing gratitude applies to all seasons of our lives. As believers, we are called to be grateful in all situations and to live with the joy of the Lord.
We are able to live in a constant state of thankfulness through Jesus’ sacrifice for us. In His death, we are made alive so that we can be with Him! The Lord’s grace never ends, and His love endures forever. That is something we can be grateful for every day.
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
God has a plan that is unique to each of us, a plan that He walks with us. In our moments of frustration and doubt, we can pray that the Lord would bring us gratitude for all He has done in our lives.
In the Lord’s peace, we can move forward with confidence and joyful hearts. Our obedience creates true joy and hope that brings us closer to the Lord. He is our strong foundation that can withstand any storm, and in our faith, we can see God making us more like Him.
“Having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”
Just as God is our foundation, John 15 tells us that God is the vine, and we are the branches. Without the vine, the branches could not get the nutrients they need. In the same way, we can only live our life to the fullest when we are rooted in Jesus. This truth allows us to live from His constant love for us, even on the hard days.
The Lord is with us and protects us, even when we worry and doubt. Instead of letting our worries take hold of our hearts, we can present our requests to God, the Prince of Peace.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all ]comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Our lives belong to the Lord, and with His guidance, we can grow in faith with thankful hearts. When life gets hard, we can pray to God out of gratitude for His love and faithfulness. He is our rescue, our help, our peace, our Creator, our Father and so much more. There is always something to be thankful for with Christ on our side.