A Thankful Heart

thankful1Warm blankets, electric lights, toothbrushes, hot water, Bible, devotional books, all my books, make-up, hair dryers, clothes, closets, shoes, sweaters, food, computers, televisions, refrigerators, plastic bags, eyeglasses, keys, and I haven’t left the house  yet. So much to be thankful for, so little time.

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“Well, I am surprised to see you here again so soon.” Dr. Sharon smiles at her patient who has arrived on time for his appointment. “What seems to be the problem? You look the picture of health! I believe you are actually glowing!”

Physician Talking to Patient“Well, Doc, I do feel fabulous. I can’t stop the bubbling feeling I have inside that something wonderful is going to happen. I just thought you should check it out and see what’s going on. People are starting to look at me strangely like something is wrong with me. I’ve had complaints about my singing, and they say I am smiling too much. It makes them nervous, so I thought the least I could do was see what’s causing it. I haven’t felt this good in years and frankly if you and I could bottle it and sell it, I think we both might become millionaires. How about it, Doc? See what’s going on.”
“All right, let me have a look,” pressing down his tongue with the tongue depressor. “Say, Ahhhhhhh.” Well, I will have to tell you, I don’t see this kind of thing very often.” Dr. Sharon takes out the stethoscope and listens to the heart. “Hmmmmmmmm.” And again, “Ahhhhhemmmm. Yes I do hear the singing there as well. I’m going to take a little sample of your blood and see if anything unusual is there that could explain your high level of well being?”

The doctor leaves the room and returns an hour later with the report from the blood sample. Well, it’s there all right. You definitely have thankfulness running through your veins!”

“What? Would that really cause this euphoric feeling I am having?”
“Ythankful5es, you see, just like blood takes oxygen to your body’s organs and tissues and keeps them healthy, thankfulness takes life to your spirit keeping the “real you,” your spirit healthy and full of life. And keep in mind, another function of the blood is to carry away waste from the cells. Thankfulness will carry away negativity and flush it out of your spirit, just like blood carries the waste to be flushed out of your body. You are definitely doing the right things to build up your spirit by being thankful throughout your day. I highly recommend that all of my patients start the day being thankful. Thank God for every thankful6convenience and blessing you can think of before you get out of bed. I also suggest that you try to breathe in and out thankfulness all day long for everything you see and experience, for every person that is in your life and those you meet each day. Then start with the intangibles like love, joy, peace, and faith, and then take it a step further to thank God for all of his attributes. When your body acclimates to this new way of living, you will have a truly thankful heart.”

“This is great, Dr. Sharon. I think I am  having a major spiritual breakthrough here. Is there anything you can prescribe to enhance what’s going on here. I feel like I could live forever. ”

“Get plenty of rest and continue to take ten of Psalm 37:4 ten times a day, take the nutritional supplements listed below along with the Word of God as needed, and I believe you will indeed continue to live a happy and successful life.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:

be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Psalm 100:4

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Delightful!

“Mmmmmmmm!”  Your eyes are closed, the spoon is held midair; it has just left your mouth. What was it? It was something “delightful.” That is obvious from your expression. Perhaps key lime pie with all it’s tartness, warm brownie with melting ice-cream or flaky apple pie. You really are enjoying that aren’t you? That’s what delightful means, something you really enjoy. You are savoring the taste or the moment or the Person.delightful surrender

Because this is a Bible Challenge day, try to meditate this “delightful” verse as many times as you can throughout the day. Let it roll over in your mind or say it out loud. Tell others about it, but first read the following and try taking just the first four words, making them yours.

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Delight in the Lord, and He shall

give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

I have always loved that verse because it promises me that God will eventually give me what I want if I just delight in Him. I have focused on the end of the verse and thought about and made lists of things I desired. Then, I would try to be open to His ideas on the subject and try really hard to make sure they line up with His will and His desires. I even came to the revelation that He actually gives us our desires. He puts in our heart the things He wants us to have or do or be. That’s all very exciting and encouraging!

Yet, I suspected there could be more! So I take the verse and turn it around, look at it from all sides and then lift off the top of it. I take the first 4 words, “Delight in the Lord.” I say that part several times. I picture myself delighting in the Lord. I’m smiling, I’m laughing. I’m singing and dancing. And why not? delightfulpresidentIf given the chance to actually spend time with the wisest, most loving, most literally creative person in the world, would we not be delighted; would we not truly enjoy being with Him? We can get excited about seeing a celebrity, a baseball player or a president. To have the undivided attention of God himself, if we but fathom it, would bring sheer delight indeed. We would be excited  at the very thought of it and thrilled each moment in His Presence.

delightfulchildAs you’re spending time with Him, delighting in Him, imagine receiving one crumb of wisdom or one creative idea from the Creator of the universe.  Just getting His perspective would be delightful! What questions would you ask? What might He like to tell you? Delighting in Him? We can do this every day. And the delightful part of it all is that when we do this, we have the desires of our heart; we have Him!