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How to say thank you to God.

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(How do say thank you to God for something truly out of the ordinary? This was written a few years ago, but I am reposting it with some additional material because we have just experienced another big reason to say thanks. That’s also the reason this post is late.)

An unexpected blessing

opened book on tree root/saying thank you to God

Giving thanks to God

My husband and I received a blessing today. Here is what Oswald Chambers wrote for his January 6th devotion for My Utmost For His Highest. 

“Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If you hoard a thing for yourself, it will turn into spiritual dry rot………..God will  never let you hold a spiritual thing for yourself, it has to be given back to Him that He may make it a blessing to others.”

But how?

Do I find a way to give back right away?

Do I wait and watch and listen for that prompt from God as to something specific?

Is it even possible to give a blessing back to God?

Some authors suggest an extra financial gift to a needy organization.

There are times when saying “Thank you, God” just doesn’t seem enough. For God, it probably is but do we always want to do just enough? Aren’t there times we want to do much more? Today is one of those days for me.

I have decided I will be alert for a special prompt these next few days, but until then, I want to do something today. So here it is.

First,ask others to thank God, too.

First of all, would you thank God with me for this blessing we’ve received? (Details will not be included here as this is going out on Facebook. I can tell you we didn’t win the lottery, though. We don’t buy tickets anyway, so that’s pretty much a guarantee. 🙂 I would love to think that the heavens are being inundated with praise.

And secondly, as you go about your day, would you be alert to that stranger that might need a prayer? And would you offer one up for them?

Secondly, pray for a stranger.

Years ago, when I was in Brazil, I sat poolside on the roof of our hotel and noticed an unusual bird flying nearby. I felt pretty alone that day as my husband was working and no one else was on the roof with me. I kept watching that singular bird and thought about how much we were alike. Both of us by ourselves. But soon, that bird was joined by a flock of birds, and he was no longer alone. Other people showed up on the roof, and I was no longer alone.

For some strange reason, I felt God “speaking ” to my heart that day and telling me to pray for those people on the roof. I had never felt the urge to pray for complete strangers before, but I did. Seriously, how does one pray for a stranger? I found it far easier than I would have thought, and even today, years later, I often pray for people I don’t know.

And just one last thought about a way to thank God

Remember, that prayer you offer up for that stranger today may be the ONLY prayer that has or ever will be prayed over that person. That really puts a different spin on things, doesn’t it? We know that no prayer ever goes unheeded. God hears them all.

Notice that stranger today and let God lead you to.

So, why the republish?

Fall mugs/thanking God

My husband and I were at our cabin last week.

I had noticed he didn’t seem too feel good. He always gets up before me, and he was now sleeping in, never takes naps, but now he was.

But most revealing? He loves fishing, but I noticed he wasn’t doing much of it. That was a clear sign.

There had been an on-and-off stomach ache as well. After a couple of days of this, we both knew something was up, so we decided to head home early. I had called our doctor’s office early that morning to see what we should do. They hadn’t called back, so on the way home, I called again. They thought they should see him, and we got an appointment immediately. In fact, we were about 1/2 hour away, and the appointment was for an hour from then. God’s timing and prompts were spot-on.

We learned he was experiencing a diverticulitis attack. We would never have guessed that. While we didn’t get to see our regular doctor, we felt the doctor we saw was absolutely whom God had placed there for us. He was placed on antibiotics and scheduled for a CT scan today. We expect the diagnosis confirmed.

What’s the big deal with thanking God?

Well, for one thing, we always should. Right?

But for another thing, my husband has had open-heart surgery, and when something like this happens, we get nervous. This is a big thank-you for us.

We really feel that when events so line up that there is no question God is in charge, it deserves special thanks. So I wanted to share this with you today.

Our God is truly amazing, and his timing is impeccable.

God bless and have a great day.