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Thankful hearts


Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6, HCSB)


Last week I looked at Philippians 4 and found some great promises of peace. Peace that frees us from worry and doubt. Peace that covers over feelings of loneliness and insufficiency. The key with this peace was that we had to give our worries and cares over to Jesus. We couldn’t hold tight to the cares of this world. Philippians 4:6 says something additionally. It says that we must pray with thanksgiving, giving all of those cares to Jesus. I think, often, I miss that word, thanksgiving. I give the worries and cares to God, but I still don’t have a very thankful heart. I still see all of the insufficient areas in my life. I still see things that are less than perfect. I try to give it all to God, but I have trouble connecting my feelings of insufficiency with thanksgiving.

That’s why I’m thankful for God’s grace. I’m thankful that I serve a God who knows me in and out. He knows my struggles, my worries, my cares, before I even speak them. He longs to breathe peace into my life. He blesses me day-in and day-out, He’s only waiting for me to ask.

Ask for his peace.

Ask for his love.

Ask for Him to open my eyes to all of the blessings around me.

He’s ready to give me a heart of thanksgiving.

A heart at peace.

But am I ready to ask?


This post is a part of Tuesdays Unwrapped. Come join my friends over there, and unwrap the gifts we each have hidden in our lives today.