June 29, 2017

Being Thankful for Common Mercies

For the last few weeks, we’ve been enjoying a season of thankfulness across America, when everyone pulls out their thankfulness lists and dusts off their under-used words of gratitude. 

True, we should be making the choice every single day of the year to worship rather than whine, to offer gratitude to God no matter what. But there’s something special about this time of year, when so many people start meditating on everything they have to be thankful for.

And as Christians, we have an even greater reason to be thankful people — not just grateful for abundant physical blessings, but so many spiritual blessings too! Ephesians 1 tells us that, in Christ, we have all the spiritual riches of the heavenly places. Wow!! Can you even fathom all that?!

How can we dare to withhold thanks from the One who gives us everything we need (and then some), the One who created us and then sacrificed His own life to buy us back after we had rebelliously rejected His ownership? Why do we constantly overlook the million little ways He smooths our path and steadies our footsteps, the hundreds of ways He bestows comfort and ease and convenience?

What right do we have to ignore the bountiful blessings He bestows on us every single day? {tweet that!} 

 

Let us daily praise God for common mercies...

I love this quote from Spurgeon:

“Let us daily praise God for common mercies, common as we frequently call them–and yet so priceless that when deprived of them we are ready to perish.”

Ouch. We consider so many things as “common” — but when we don’t have them anymore, we feel their absence terribly! Like air conditioning, or clean water, or good tires, or travel mugs, or wireless mice…

So let’s share some common mercies that we’re thankful for today.

Here’s a few 50 of mine:

  • travel mugs full of hot coffee!
  • water bottles full of clean water
  • curtains & blinds on my windows
  • landfills to contain our garbage (can you imagine life without?)
  • creative Pinterest ideas for recycling things
  • car chargers for cell phones
  • eye masks
  • comfortable pillows
  • clean sheets
  • wild honeysuckle
  • Godiva dark chocolate
  • coconut oil
  • lavender essential oil
  • good doctors
  • good prescription coverage
  • our healthcare system (even at its worst, it’s still pretty good)
  • easily accessible educational resources
  • free libraries
  • e-readers
  • books on gratitude
  • good mysteries that make time disappear
  • communities of book lovers
  • finding old friends on social media
  • new online friends who become real-life friends
  • google hangouts & text messaging
  • online work experiences
  • a talented work team with fantastic attitudes
  • a boss who takes chances on people
  • people who read my blog
  • people who comment on my blog 🙂
  • the occasional $10 from blog sponsors
  • a car that runs consistently
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • dollar menus
  • road maps & GPS
  • the interstate system (as much as I hate I-95, I’m thankful for it!)
  • ceiling fans
  • Christmas music on the radio
  • new videos from The Piano Guys
  • friends who introduced me to The Piano Guys 🙂
  • online shopping
  • free shipping on Amazon
  • friends who remind me to choose joy and reject whining
  • mentors who speak truth, pray faithfully, and live obediently
  • a great church family
  • my own family (parents, siblings, in-laws)
  • a husband who loves me with Christ-like love
  • good memories
  • digital cameras
  • the ability to laugh

What common mercies are you thankful for today? Share some in the comments!

And have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!


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  2. Just a few things I am thankful to God for: family, friends, my husband, Jesus Christ, flowers, ability to read and write, birds, coffee, dogs and cats, Facebook friends, books, blog friends, a broken heart for our world, chocolate, indoor plumbing, work of my hands, the Holy Spirit, laughter, honey, clothes, a house, prayer, God’s care and attention when I don’t feel well, lavender, God’s word….just a few things.