"Gratitude wins the war".
Ann Voskamp is the author of the book, "One Thousand Gifts" and most recently "The Broken Way". As a woman who at one time was fearful of leaving her home, God has used her to reach people across the world. He had other plans, and it all began with her making the commitment to give thanks for every blessing, and soon she saw blessings in everything, every place, event, moment of her days. As a mom of 7 who homeschools, and lives with her husband on a farm in Canada, as a well known author and speaker and advocate for those in great need, her days are beyond full, I expect.
Recently Ann wrote on her blog "A Holy Experience" about health issues in herself and three of her children. They adopted a little girl from China who has a broken heart, in need of much repair. They have a son who was diagnosed with diabetes at a younger age, and another child with health issues. And Ann herself is recovering from heart failure after a problem was left undiscovered until her heart was struggling to function. Her life is filled with challenges, but her gratitude still rises to the surface with mighty power. She believes gratitude wins the war, and her life tells that story one thank you at a time.
So as I ponder giving thanks, being grateful, lifting my voice in praise to the One, I ask myself what I believe. And can that belief be walked out in my daily life? There is something powerful about giving thanks in all circumstances. Not for all, but in all. Gratitude shifts our attitude. Gratitude makes it less about us and more about Him. It can take an ordinary day or a challenging one and make it extraordinary. That "extra" attitude of gratitude makes the ordinary extraordinary.
Thanksgiving is behind us, but giving thanks today and tomorrow and in the tomorrows that lay ahead is a choice. Some days it is not easy....it is more of a sacrifice of praise just like we are told in the book of Hebrews. But that can make it sweeter, that praise that lifts us out of the darkness. The gratitude that releases the light of Heaven like a million stars. Speaking of that..........a verse from a song comes to mind. "If the stars were made to worship, so will I." Worship is a form of gratitude and praise. It wins the war.
God in all His wisdom, created us to worship. To praise. He created us for gratitude. He created us to give thanks in all circumstances knowing that in doing so, we find the peace and joy within that empowers us to win in life. No matter the circumstances. Jesus made sure we win the victory. Our gratitude wins the war.