Gratefulness= a great fullness, complete, over-flowing, without angst or ache for anything more.
Rejoice in all things, my ears received that Truth but my heart has not fully developed the understanding of the need for thankfulness to experience the joy.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things” (Philippians 4:6-8).
Somehow I missed the word thankful, my shallow eyes sadden me. I had always concentrated on the part that I have to do, not the part that I have to be. The doing part is the guarding of our hearts and the taking our thoughts captive. The being part is the thankfulness.
Some of you may be wondering about the depravity of my soul. Questions such as what has she done or how dark and deluded is her heart? This depth of conviction was activated as I listened to myself in the simple act of complaining. Complaining is a deadly past time that should not be endured. It eats at our hearts and burns out our joy.
Cast it out and embrace- Gratefulness=Great Fullness.
Prayer: I trust You Lord Jesus. Take me where I must go and I will entrust the fullness of me, to Your care. So that I might witness and see with renewed eyes the gifts You have given. Thank you Father God I am grateful for Your friendship and kindness, but most of all during this sliver of time Your faithfulness. Love, your daughter Heather.
- feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful:
Synonyms: thankful · appreciative · indebted · obliged · obligated ·
in someone’s debt · beholden
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When I read this definition it brought home the absurdity of my state of being- ungrateful. There can be no doubt that I am indebted, obligated and beholden to the Lord Jesus Christ for all things. I somehow forgot along the way to let my thankfulness penetrate to my heart. So that out of the overflow of my heart- thankfulness would be spoken.