This morning we all woke up later than usual and when you have to rush a four year old out the door to school, it’s never pleasant. On top of that, the friend CC usually carpools with was sick today, which meant that I had to drive him and so when we both finally got out to the car, I was flustered, annoyed and very very cranky.
As we both sat in the car, I decided that being annoyed at my son was no way to start the day. So I began to tell him about how his friend was sick and that it might be a good idea to pray for her. And then he reminded me that we had forgotten to thank the Lord for ten things last night before bed. (He decided one night that he wanted to thank God for 100 things, so I told him we could break it up and do 10 a day for 10 days.) So we took turns thanking the Lord…he thanked the Lord for things like the aquarium and the jellyfish, and then he started to say, “Thank you for my spirit, thank you I can pray.” That of course caused us both to break out in song –Good morning, Lord Jesus Thank You for today. Thank You for my spirit. Thank You I can pray. Good morning, Lord Jesus To You I love to sing Thank You, Lord for everything! (http://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn.php/ns/115)
As we soon approach this season of giving thanks, I’m reminded that the act of thanksgiving is often an exercise and that we have to make a conscious effort to do it. By nature none of us are thankful beings. But the more we acknowledge the Lord as our source and thank Him, the more our view is turned from ourselves to Him. Three simple words – “Thank You, Lord” is the secret to changing a cranky mama to a happy mama. I’m thankful to the Lord for giving me a four year old to remind me of that.
“Always rejoice, unceasingly pray, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)