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Anticipatory Thanks
by Jenny on February 1st, 2016

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done." Philippians 4:6

The practice of writing thank-you notes has nearly ceased. Often I'll write a thank-you note but fail to actually send it. I am thankful for the kindness extended to me by others but so many times I fail to express my gratitude appropriately.

In anticipation of her birthday, one of my daughters recently made her own thank-you notes. By made I mean that she decorated pieces of paper and wrote a note to each person from whom she anticipated receiving a gift. My daughter even made loom-band bracelets for a few friends whom she felt certain would give her something on her special day.

I began to stop my daughter to explain that one generally writes a thank-you note after the gift is received. At first glance it seemed to me that my daughter's notes might seem a bit presumptuous. The notes demonstrated her expectations of receiving gifts from others.

Thankfully, the sweet Spirit of God stopped me before I blew it.

I felt God whisper to my heart, "Consider your daughter's actions. She expects good things from those who love her. She is thanking them in advance for those good things. Why don't you try doing the same with Me?"


I love it when God teaches me lessons through my kids.

Matthew 7:11 reads, "So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him."

Not only does Scripture say that God will give us gifts--good gifts--He encourages us to ask Him for gifts! (Like any good parent God never promises to give us all we ask for but only that which is truly best for us.)

Scripture tells us in multiple places to give thanks to God for all things. All things are not easy. But God is good (Psalm 136:1). All God does is good (Psalm 119:36). As God's children we can expect good things from Him, and we can give God thanks in advance for His goodness to us.

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Niki - February 1st, 2016 at 8:27 AM
Thank you Jenny! I needed to hear this this morning. Give thanks for the gifts we will receive because God is good! We go to MD Anderson this morning and tomorrow so keep us in your prayers (I know y'all do ) I am thankful God will give us a clarity in the days to come regarding Madi. I'm also thankful my parents live here so we are comfortable as we await information. I'm thankful for all our prayer warriors! We love y'all!
Tammy - February 1st, 2016 at 9:44 AM
I love this post, thank you so much for sharing. I always delight in learning from my kiddos and the many students I've crossed paths with. Again thank you for the blessing.

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