How’d it go yesterday? Did you find it refreshing to write a note to someone for whom you are so dearly thankful? When’s the last time you’ve written a letter? I really think it’s a pastime we need to resurrect! Walking the card to the mailbox reminded me of how giving is much more rewarding than receiving. I’d like to make that more of a habit. In the future, when you think of how thankful you are for someone, drop them a note letting them know. I think those types of connections with people are much needed!
On today’s agenda:
“ And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.” Ephesians 5:18-21
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:15-16
**Disclaimer** You don’t have to have a good voice to participate today. I’m pretty sure by the time our song reaches Papa God’s ears it’s been tuned up and harmonized. Seriously, though, it’s what is coming out our hearts that is key. It says singing with grace in our hearts. Take time to pray. Rest in all God is for you, thank Him for His bigness, His unconditional grace toward you today. Allow that peace and gratitude to bubble up from within you, soak in His love and His sweet presence. Let it saturate your heart.
And then, out of that place of fullness, make a melody of your thanks. Remember, it’s about opening your heart to God and showing Him how thankful you are. Out of our full hearts, let the words of thanksgiving pour forth. It’s our reaction to Amazing Grace coming up from deep within. It can be a cappella, to an existing song, to your own drumbeat. Don’t worry about the sound quality, focus on the quality of the words and the condition of the heart. Be specific and respond to His goodness. I find that when I start my day with a song from my lips, it sticks with me throughout the day, and it’s wonderfully uplifting!
(A couple other side benefits to this? It’s tough to be grumpy or have a bad attitude in this place! And the things that seem big and problematic, when we sing songs of thanksgiving, become subject to God’s perspective, where He is big and able, and everything else grows smaller and easier. Like David, a man after God’s heart who was a GREAT worshipper, paid no heed to the size of Goliath, because he came from the presence of God, dwelling in songs of thanksgiving, and saw Goliath through the lens of God’s ability, not His own small stature. Singing songs of praise does something magnificent to our perspectives on life.) Have everyone in the family do it…it’s a wonderful way to express and cultivate a lifestyle of thanksgiving. (We call it an attitude of gratitude.) Fill the house, the car, the shower, your work with your praise! Lift your voice to the King of Kings. To Him be all thanks!