The crowds encircled Jesus everywhere He went. Many had seen and heard of the One who was able to heal the lepers and cast out demons. In Luke 5 we find Jesus teaching (vs 17), surrounded by the Pharisees and teachers that had come from all around and “the Lord’s healing power was strongly with Jesus.” This was a drawing factor. So much so that when a group of friends came to bring their paralyzed friend they couldn’t reach Jesus.
They don’t give up. They take their friend on a mat up to the roof, remove part of the roof, and lower him right in front of Jesus.
Jesus’ response?
“Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man your sins are forgiven.” Luke 5:20

Now I don’t know about you but when I was a child and this story was told to me in Sunday school all I recall was the paralyzed man lowered through the roof to Jesus could walk! That was incredible, but I missed something. I missed that Jesus first healed the man of his sins and then from his physical illness and on that day many people became aware.

“Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!” Luke 5:26


How does this story tie into thanksgiving and gratitude? God revealed something new to me in these familiar scriptures. An awareness that I didn’t have before, similar to that of those gathered around Jesus that day.

When we become more aware of ALL Jesus is doing our gratitude grows.

During November let’s gather and become aware.
Aware of God working all around us.
Aware of the goodness of God.
Aware of the blessings from God.

Yes, we will count blessing as many do during this season of the year, but we will open our hearts and minds up to see below the surface. Our goal is to develop true thanksgiving.

“True thanksgiving is so much more than a holiday or by-product of changing seasons. True thanksgiving is a heart condition displayed in our normal day to day life. True thanksgiving is everyday thanksgiving,” Jana Kennedy-Spicer, Everyday Thanksgiving, living a life of gratitude.

 

Today we begin a journey. One that I pray will help us to become aware and grateful.
Hearts that are aware of the glory of God everyday are grateful everyday.

Joyfully Yours, Jodie

 

Taking it deeper:

Meditate on the response of the people in Luke 5:26, “they were gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God”! Some for the first time became aware. For others their awareness deepened. Praise followed.

Pray
Lord,
You are so good. Help us stand amazed at the goodness of the Lord. We come with open hearts ready for your teaching. Don’t let us miss what is right in front of us. Let us be gripped with awe and wonder. May our hearts become more aware of your goodness, your love, and your power each day. Help us to then be ever grateful.
Amen

To continue with us this month all you need to do is meet us on our Facebook page each day. We will begin on Monday’s with a scripture list for the week. Each day we will encourage you to develop an awareness that ushers gratitude into our lives and fills our lips with praise.
We will use the Bible study and journal, Everyday Thanksgiving during our time. You can purchase yours at Amazon. A sample is available for free download here. You can also follow along with your bible and a notebook.