This morning Ursula put this on our whatsapp group and it’s too good not to share. I’m not sure who wrote it so I put it through a plagiarism check and this website came up, Ungrind.org They have the whole acronym of THANKS – it’s good to remember.
“As I searched daily in my sickness I needed to be like David, and to believe in my heart that something good will come from the pain even in the life’s busyness, burdens, hardest, sickness and trials.
The acrostic is simply: “T.H.A.N.K.S”
T – is for Thoughts.
H – is for our Hearts.
A – is for acknowledging our realities.
N – is for numbering our thanks.
K – is for a Kaleidoscope of creation.
S – is for speaking our thanks.
“T” is for Thoughts
Thanksgiving starts in our thoughts. Romans 12:2 tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind.
I think of two types of thanksgiving when it comes to what we are setting our minds upon: changing truths and unchanging truths.
Changing truths are things like “Thank you, God, for this parking spot close to the entrance when I have a bum knee.” Or “Thank you, God that the sun is shining for our outdoor wedding.” These are awesome things to thank God for. These honor God and recognize that all we have is from His Hand. But, these are circumstances that can change, and if we end here in our thanksgiving, we may find ourselves perplexed, crushed, and even embittered when Providence is not in keeping with our heart’s desires or finite wisdom of what is good.
It’s so important that we move beyond this kind of thanksgiving because life is unpredictable, but our God is sure and steady.
Patterned in scripture is a thanksgiving rooted in “unchanging truths.” This second type of thanksgiving focuses much more on Who God is and What He has done. The character of God and the covenant of love He has established with His people through Jesus are two truths that will never change. They are truths that will ground you when facing hardships of any and every kind. They are the truths for which thanksgiving is always accessible and appropriate.
Thanksgiving starts with your thoughts.”
Regardless of the difficulty you may be going through, give thanks amidst it.
#105 of my 1000 thanks is that today I won’t work for 14 hours~the end of the documents is in sight! 🙂
These are the days!
Keep the smile going
God bless you!
In His Grip,
Helga xx 🙂