As a busy wife/worker/mother/student, you often look ahead—to the next meal to cook, the next gift to purchase, the next test to take.
But don’t forget that God also wants you to look behind.
Remember the good things that the Lord has already accomplished through the work of your hands—the friends you comforted, the prayers you offered, the Bible verses you shared.
As you enter this harvest time of year, celebrate the bounty by giving God praise for it. Taste and enjoy his fruit, ripened from seeds planted earlier.
- Praise him for walking through trials with you
Aren’t you glad he never left your side, even in the darkest times? Even when you weren’t aware of his company? The Lord was there, offering his resources to you for comfort and growth. Tell him now how much you appreciate his perpetual presence and his immeasurable mercy.
- Praise him for answering prayers so wisely
We often ask God for things, but then forget to thank him for his answers. Review your past requests. Are you thankful some were NOT answered like you originally wanted? That others were answered just as you had hoped? Acknowledge that your Father knows what is best for you, then thank him for his perfect and loving answers, even the ones you didn’t understand.
- Praise him for blessings he showered on you
Reminisce about the overflowing kindnesses you’ve been shown, the joyous events you’ve experienced, and even the temptations you’ve escaped due to his strength and power. Thank God for every good gift you’ve received; they’re all from his hand.
Remembering God’s goodness in your past increases your joy with him in the present. And it motivates your heart to continue seeking him in your future, in the next season ahead.
So delight in the Lord’s harvest. Let it be your beautiful testimony to the world about how good God is, in all seasons of life.
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What blessing has God showered on you this year? Please share in the comments.
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