Wednesday, May 9, 2012

May 9, 2012

The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.
Psalm 126:3


In the past, my life was simply too busy. Family, work, friends, church, events, vacations etc, took up my waking hours. God used the recession, with me kicking up some dust, to slow me down and remake my lifestyle. During the changes, I often ran to Him with dilemmas, trials and requests but sadly, I way too often forgot to truly thank Him for all He was doing in my life. One day I realized I was not showing Him my appreciation enough and decided to make a Thankful Tin. I made a large one for my home out of a tin coffee can and a smaller, “on the go” version, out of a mint tin. I keep slips of paper nearby that I can jot down quick thank-you’s to the Lord.

I have had people ask about my tin and I am given an opportunity to share my faith and how much I appreciate all God is doing in my life. I love tools like this for opening up conversations! Can you picture a man in his office having a small tin on his desk and being able to share Jesus when asked about it? Or a woman who has a small one in her car, using it in the same way when she is carpooling? However it is used is wonderful, but mostly, it will affect your life if you decide to make one. You’ll realize how much God does for you and will be so thankful you are His child. You’ll feel the joy!


Make yourself a Thankful Tin.  These tins are wonderful tools that teach children of all ages, 2 to 102, girls and boys, women and men, to thank God for all He does for us. Cut up slips of paper to use to write thank you notes to God for the great things He is doing in your life. Decorate the tin if you prefer, find an old tin in the garage, or even buy something at the dollar store.

I actually recycle papers and magazines to use as my “thankful slips.” I fold paper in half and cut out hearts but yours can be whatever shape you prefer. Keep a stack of the slips for the whole family, or you alone, to use to thank God for the great things He has done for you. Go through the jar occasionally. You’ll be amazed at how little you thanked Him for things until you start a Thankful Tin. Each month you can empty it, tuck the old notes in an envelope and date it, to be read one day when you need the reminder of the great things He does for you.


Lord, I want to thank YOU for the great things you have done, and are doing, in my life. I know there are things I don’t even see, but for the things I do, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Trusting in the Lord,

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