Happy November! One of the most wonderful months on the entire calendar. I’m so glad this month is here. It is certainly not the only time we should be thankful. Through Jesus, God made a way for us to know Him, spend eternity with Him, experience His grace and unconditional love, His hope and guidance and provision. Because of that we live life out of a grateful heart.
But there’s something about November — this season of every year, that causes my frail, human heart to overflow with thanksgiving.
I have read Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts twice – both times in college. Her words have continually challenged me and my perspective on daily life.
“Faith is always a way of seeing, a seeking for God in everything. And if the eyes gaze long enough to see God lifted in a thing, how can the lips not offer eucharisteo? The truly saved have eyes of faith and lips of thanks. Faith is in the gaze of the soul.”
Faith is an acknowledge that God means what He says. Faith is a way of life. Real faith, not saying I trust and then live in doubt and insecurity. Real faith is life-changing, heart-changing. Being thankful is lifting God to a place of honor and glory and goodness. Lips that praise a God who deserves it every second of every day.
“Living in His presence is fullness of joy–and seeing shows the way in. The art of deep seeing makes gratitude possible. And it is the art of gratitude that makes joy possible. Isn’t joy the art of God?”
My prayer for this month is that I develop a soul that truly sees God. Because when I see Him for who He truly is, not through glasses colored with pride or self-doubt or confusion, all my life will want to do is sing with gratitude. And I want that for my every day. I want that everyone’s everyday!