I count it a huge privilege and joy to be alive this time of the year. Truly, it's of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed.
I remember it was exactly a week to Easter that I was involved in a car accident and I came out unhurt, unscratched! To Him alone be all the praise forever, Amen.
If it has not been the Lord who is on our side, we would have been swallowed up quick by the wicked - for this, we are grateful.
I do not want you to read this post downcast because of the things you perceive undone, look on the brighter side and see what he has done.
How bad can your situation be? the account in Habbakuk 3:17-19:
"Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord ! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights. "
....tells us what our disposition should be in unpleasant times. 1Thes5:18 admonishes us to give thanks in all things.
And don't think this is convenient for me to write because you might be thinking 'I have it all figured out '....far from it! Trust me sis, I have my share of 'inconvenient ' situation that could stop me from praising God or even writing but I choose to follow the saying of Bishop Oyedepo that if you can think, you can thank.
Thanksgiving as described in Hebrews 13:15 is a continuous sacrifice to God...it is what you do (in advance) to get what you want and impportantly, it is an act of faith, done in hope of both the seen and unseen. It shows our total reliance and dependance on God.
Thanksgiving is 'bragging' on the efficacy and sovereignty of God to provoke divine intervention. Where I'm from (which I believe is obtainable in most cultures as well), praising someone for what he is yet to do is a potent means of getting the individual to commit and bend over backwards to get it done.
If we as humans relate with each other this way how much more the God of all.
Sisters, I admonish you to get on your praise garment. Praise him for His fingers that you saw from January to June and render praise in advance for His hands that you will see in the rest of the year.
Don't forget thanksgiving is a sacrifice and sacrifices don't hinge on convenience but obedience.
Offering Isaac as a sacrifice was not convenient for Abraham but he obeyed and did it anyway.
Don't wait for everything to be in place before you offer your sacrifice of praise, get on with it right away.
May God's blessings not elude us this season.
Loads of love,