I will burst out in songs of thanksgiving

‘Burst’ is a fun word, isn’t it? When I was a kid in the school cafeteria, I sat two tables away from someone who burst out laughing – with milk in his mouth. Guess how far the milk flew? Yep, I got sprayed with his delight.

In junior high school, my best friend thought it would be cool to drink from the spray nozzle on her kitchen sink. She pulled it out of the faucet, wrapped her lips around it, and pressed the trigger. Water burst from her nose. (I’m still laughing about that.)

Wouldn’t it be awesome if we burst our thanksgiving the way various liquids burst from our oral cavities when we’re being ridiculous kids? Based on Psalm 28:7, I’m practicing that today. “The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.”

I will burst out in songs of thanksgiving!

Burst. As I do it, I get some interesting looks from strangers, but it’s the joy in my heart and the reaction from God that makes this worthwhile. Don’t know any songs? Try looking in the Psalms for inspiration, or start Christmas caroling early. Many of our favorite carols started as songs of praise and worship of our Savior. Or go back to your childhood and sing to your heart’s content. This Little Light of Mine, Jesus Loves Me, Father Abraham. Before you know it, strangers will be sending you interesting looks, too. And you might just inspire someone else to burst.

What songs are you bursting today? Leave a comment and inspire someone!

I will enter His gates with thanksgiving

Well, come on. Did anyone really expect any other kind of confession for Thanksgiving week?

In spite of the name of the holiday, too often we become overwhelmed with the details and miss the point. How many people are coming to dinner, how much turkey should I make, is the house clean enough, are my kids clean enough, am I clean enough? These are some of the thoughts I have – thoughts that take up way too much room in my little brain and distract me from having a grateful heart. Instead, I’m going to start the week declaring my thanksgiving. “Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4

I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart!

I have so much to be thankful for. Jesus loves me, my children are healthy and strong, my husband is a faithful, hard worker who loves his God and his family, and we have a warm, safe place to sleep at night. This is just the start of my list. I’ll be working on that list all week in an effort to keep a grateful heart. Join me! Find a peaceful place and close your eyes. Repeat it with me: I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart!

What are you giving thanks for this week? I’d love to hear your reasons!