“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV

I want to open this with a Big THANK YOU to everyone who follows all the AWESOME people here at Turn My Life Up (and me). And I know I speak for all of the staff that we are SO THANKFUL for you! That’s why we’re here, is for you. To show you that we love you, and frankly none of this would be possible without you.

In the season of Thanksgiving we thought it appropriate to make that the subject in this latest post. Thankfulness is a two pronged entity, Saying and Doing. It’s a heart issue. Most of us know that “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” -Matthew 12:34 KJV. If you didn’t know, now you do. So to actually verbalize thankfulness is an expression of what’s on your heart. If you’re thankful for someone, say it. Time is short on the earth and there’s never a bad time to affirm someone for all they have done, or for just one thing that they’ve done for you. I find that a derogatory, or sarcastic thank you is just not thankful. The scripture says this in Ephesians 4:29: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” So when you verbally thank someone, save the sarcasm, because it’s a reflection of your heart. And a hard heart will stop the flow of blessings, which will be another subject on another date. Instead, look them in the eyes, and kindly, sincerely say “Thank You.” It will mean so much more and reflect what’s in your heart.

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” -James 1:22 KJV

Showing thankfulness is an action as well. What are words without action? Just that, words. Actually up in the prior paragraph is an action of thankfulness, showing sincerity. But there’s always more with God. Take a step of faith and actually do something more with those words. “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” James 2:17 KJV. Buy your mom some flowers, or clean her garage. Get your Dad a new power tool, or wash his car. Give your wife a new set of earrings, or rub her feet. Take your husband to dinner instead of him taking you, or even better cook for him. Get your co-worker a new coffee mug. The list could go on and on, and I think you get the point.

And when it comes to God, give thanks daily, hourly, minutely even. He gave the most precious gift a parent could ever give, and that was his Son, Jesus Christ. He’s worthy of our thanks, in words and in how we live and treat others. A thankful heart is a full heart, and a thankful giver is a joyful and powerful person. It shows an attitude of gratitude. So THANK YOU for reading this. When the time to be with family comes this week, take the time out to SAY Thanks, and to GIVE Thanks! Till next time, Love is the Mission!!