The Thankful Heart


I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

These are the words of Paul as he was chained for his beliefs and facing death. It’s a segment that tells us to rejoice in the rich evidence of life through each mess and mishap. We have plenty of reminders each day to thank God for the people in my life. Every piece of your life moles you into the person that you will become.

Dear Lord, thank You for this message today. Help me to have thankful heart no matter how messy my life (or house!) may appear to be. I’m choosing to rejoice in the imperfect blessing of all of it.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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