By Linda Rodriguez
November is the month where we can verbalize our gratitude
But I want to be sincere, not simply offer up a platitude
Faithless lips that sputter words will hardly edify
But gratitude that’s real and true brings God a great delight
Of course, I’m thankful for the things that God has freely given
A loving family all around me, and a house to live in
He always gives me daily bread, my portion for sustaining
He has been so good to me; there’s no room for complaining!
But being thankful’s more than just reciting lists with details
It’s remembering the grace of God, and all that it entails
It’s seeing how the Lord can move in ways not understood
As He promises that all things work together for our good.
So, I’m thankful that each morning I can rise to see His light
And know that God my Father has sustained me through the night
I know that His good mercies are provided new each morning
A graceful way to start the day within the Lord’s adorning
I’m thankful for His Spirit that’s available to guide me
Ever present in my life, He always walks beside me
I’m grateful for the light He sheds upon the path before me
And when my feet have stumbled, He grants mercy to restore me.
I’m thankful for the hurdles that I’ve had to overcome
Things that looked like obstacles to what I could become
They’re actually the stepping stones for God’s intent and plans
To fill me with the purpose that a Christian life demands.
I’m thankful for the voice of God that thunders by His Spirit
Echoing His mighty Word as oft I need to hear it
Breaking all my stubbornness with words that He dispenses
He utters the correction that will bring me to my senses.
I’m thankful for the quiet times, for stillness in the air
When the atmosphere has mellowed and I know the Lord is there
For His voice so softly whispers every word I need to hear
And settles my anxiety by saying, “I am near.”
I’m thankful for the pressures that I often have endured
Knowing that their purpose is to make me more mature
If stress in life has made me feel I can’t hold on much longer
I’m grateful that He works in me to make me even stronger.
I’m thankful for the dry spells that can sometimes stretch for days
When my life is full of questions and I seem to lose my way
Then the Lord by His appearing brings me comfort from above
As He waters my dry spirit and He douses me with love.
I’m thankful that He loves me and for all He’s thought of me
Knowing that He views me as His precious pottery
I trust the Potter’s hands as He works to shape this clay
And molds me to His usefulness every single day.
I’m thankful for the growing throng of people that surround me
People that are placed by God to show His love around me
Encouragers and worshippers and those who serve so skillfully
Together we’re in one accord to labor on in ministry.
I’m thankful that the Lord has given me the opportunity
To be humbly set in place within the church of His community
He sets my soul ablaze and lets me worship Him aloud
As a ministry to Him amongst His consecrated crowd.
But mostly I am thankful that my life will keep improving
Even in the simple things, God’s hand is always moving
Leading and preparing me, teaching me to cope
For I know He has a plan for me – a future and a hope!