I will give to the Lord the thanks due to His rightness and justice, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. Psalm 7: 17

”You’ve been saying that you’re tired of going through, seems like everyone else is blessed but you .In church on Sunday preacher telling you your miracle is on the way but you’re confused…’’ As I listen to the lyrics of this song by James Fortune & Fiya from his recent release ‘Identity’, I’m simply pushed to acknowledge that everyday is indeed a ‘day the Lord has made ‘; we should and must be grateful for. You know, it’s an honour just to breathe again, live again and love again.

The song goes on to say,’ so you may not have a mansion in a gated neighbourhood but at least be grateful you have a roof over your head. Praise now, it could be worse …’’ Praise now, it could have definitely been worse!

Of a truth, any current challenging situation you are enduring could have been worse than it is. But, God has not allowed it to escalate because He knows just how much you and I can handle. The joyous thing about it all is through every such season, He offers grace to carry us through and enable us stand to the end.

As we wake to each day, let’s be grateful for the life we have, another opportunity to do what we were meant to but did not. Let’s be grateful that we are counted amongst the living .You may not have everything you ever wanted, things may not have turned out as planned but you know what, you are alive! That is just enough reason to scream ‘I am so grateful!’ (‘’Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5: 20) ESV

So, as you prepare to enter another month in this New Year, say to yourself:

‘I may not have had the best of 2011 but at least I am privileged to be a part of 2012…

I may not feel the best today but at least I am physically and mentally healthy…

I may not have a mansion in a gated neighbourhood but at least I have a roof over my head…

I may not have a Bentley but at least I have two feet strong enough to walk.

I may not wear the best of designer’s but at least I have cover for my body…

I may not dine in the most luxurious restaurant but at least I have food to eat…’

You don’t have to own the world to be grateful. Whatever you have is worth gratefulness.

‘Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.’1 Thessalonians 5: 186-18 MSG


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