There are several reminders of my granny around my home; little gifts she gave me over the years. I would trade all the gifts I can touch from my granny to just sit with her for a little while and experience all that she was to me.

She was kind.

She was loving.

She was generous.

She was patient.

She was forgiving.

She was thoughtful.

When we list things we are grateful for we often count blessings by naming things we have been given. We are thankful for our homes, our jobs, our clothing, even our families have been given to us. We should be grateful for these things, however as I read Psalm 118 I thought less of what I have been given and more of who God is to me.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his love endures forever…

4Let those who fear the Lord say:

“His love endures forever.”

5When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord;

he brought me into a spacious place.

6The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.

What can mere mortals do to me?

7The Lord is with me; he is my helper.

My gratitude list from this Psalm included being thankful that

God hears.

God responds.

God rescues.

God helps.

God defends.

God always loves.

And yes, even God disciplines (read verse 18).

I’m grateful He is my defender, my shelter, my confidante,  and my peace.

Perhaps you are like me and you are keeping a list of things you are thankful for this month. Today I would like to encourage us to give thanks beyond what we have been given.

Give thanks ….

  1. For who God is to us.
  2. How He responds to us.
  3. The character that He displays toward us.

A list like this will help us have a continual attitude of gratitude. This list will take us beyond the good days and the good times. This list will remain in times of uncertainty and brokenness. This list will take us through loneliness and isolation. This list will remain, like the memories of my granny, because we know that the character of God is unchanging.

Things that don’t change are worth making note of and certainly worth our gratitude.

Blessings~ Jodie