“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.” Psalm 68:19

Today, Autumn officially begins, and we realize that the year is almost three-quarters gone. I love this time of year when the leaves begin to change their colour and our world is arrayed in splendour.  The nights are cooler, but the days are much more pleasant after the long hot summer. While I was shopping the other day for some decorations for my apartment, I found a plaque with the words of my title on it: “Thankful, Grateful, and Blessed.”

For the past three years, I have been writing down some of the needs that have come up in my life and how God answered prayer.  There have been so many answers to prayer both for me and my family, miracles of healing, financial needs met, problems that have been solved, and just so many blessings that the Lord has bestowed on us. Last year I experienced cancer surgery, but now I am cancer free. Besides these answers to prayer that stand out, there are the daily blessings that He bestows upon us.  God certainly has been good to me and I am thankful, grateful and blessed.

I like what the psalmist, David, said, that the Lord not only gives us benefits daily, but he loads us with them.    The New Living Translation reads this way: “Praise the Lord: praise God our saviour! For each day He carries us in His arms.” 

Because of all He does for us, it is important that we take time every day to praise Him for all He has done, not only the big things, but the little things as well.  Let us always remember to be thankful and grateful because we are blessed.

Prayer:  Jesus we are so thankful for all the blessings you bestow upon us and that you daily carry us in your arms, meeting our every need.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”

1 Thessalonians 5:18

My word for this year has been “grateful” I decided that I needed to change my perspective on a lot of things, and the way to do that was to show gratitude for everything I do have.

It’s easy to complain about what we DON’T have – a new car, better paying job, a bigger home.. but it’s harder to do that when you are instead thankful for what you DO have.

My car gets me from point A to B. Are my kids constantly kicking the back of the seats and are my knees are touching the dash? Yes, but it gets us where we need to be.

Do I wish we were more financially secure? Absolutely, but our bills are paid, we have plenty of food to eat and we are clothed.

Are we at maximum capacity in this bungalow? We sure are, but it’s home. We have heat, and a dishwasher (an absolute necessity in my eyes) and beds to sleep in.

It’s all about contentment.

We as women can be consumed by the mundane, and it does sometimes feel like a burden and like we may be missing out. But take a look around you right now, what do you have that you are thankful for? What is around you that you prayed for, and God miraculously provided?

Let’s change our outlook on life today ladies, and thank and praise God for what He has provided and everything we are so blessed with!

Lord, help me to have a thank you on my lips every single day, and to not take anything I have in this life for granted.

“What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.” Psalm 116:12-13

The Lord has done so much for us, how could we ever repay Him. His gift of salvation alone is so much more than we deserve. His Holy Spirit abiding in our hearts and guiding us each day is so much more than we are worthy of.

Daily, He provides us with a comfortable place to live, clothes to wear, and food to eat. We have family and friends who love us and are there for us when we need them.

How could we every repay the Lord for all the things He has provided for us? The only thing He requires is for us to give ourselves completely to Him, accept His salvation, walk in the way He directs, and praise Him continually, so that others will see Christ in our lives.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for all the benefits you have given us, help us to be thankful for them and to give you all the praise and glory.

Devotion by Anne Johnston