The spirit of true thanksgiving comes from a thankful heart.  A heart made soft and pliable by Jesus.  

Hardened hearts --rigid hearts filled with narcissistic worship of self do not understand the true feeling of thankfulness because they are unable to recognize the source of EVERYTHING in their life.  When you stare into the eyes of a hardened heart, the reflection is permanently etched in your memory.  The glare of hatred and disdain for anything and anyone who stands between them and their desires is cold and distant-with only contempt as you dare to look into their face.  A sad thing to behold is one whose heart have been hardened to truth.  The hard shell is impenetrable to tears--suffering--pain--and refuses to acknowledge any complicity. A hard heart--is just that--stone cold and devoid of thanks.

How do we ensure our hearts are soft and pliable?  If true thankfulness can only come to a heart in this condition, what must we do to obtain and maintain this soft heart?  

Give Your Heart to Jesus---

     --daily--hourly--moment by moment give Him your heart.  The most beautiful heart I have ever seen was filled with selfless servanthood and always searching for "What Would Jesus Do".  A person with a soft heart is one after God's own heart.

BUT--the good news---the best news---even those with hardened hearts can be turned into hearts of sweet softness.  Heart Hardness is not terminal--if you make the changes to improve the condition of your heart.

So as we wind down to Thanksgiving--I encourage us all to look at our hearts--examine and measure the level of thanks in our lives.  And then--take the steps to grow and strengthen that soft heart filled with love and thankfulness to the One who is the giver of all things--


“Search me O God, and know my heart…see if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting”
Psalms 139:23-24


  1. This is a heart-felt well-written post. Thank you Lulu. I pray that you always meet with softened hearts open to God's Word.

    Have a wonderful splendid time at Thanksgiving. God bless you always and your family.

    1. Keep my heart soft, Lord!
      Thanksgiving blessings to you, Victor, from across the pond!

  2. One of my favorite prayers. And another one of my favorites of yours. Praying that God will continually soften my heart to see Him in the most hardened of hearts. And always praying to be filled with gratitude for his blessings. Makes my whole day to read one of your snippets of life...still learning.(me) Happy Thanksgiving!!! Thank you for your friendship.

    1. Thankful for the joy of living life together !
      Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Oh, oh...your talking to me...I just know it. smiles

    Blessings sweet friend...

  4. Another excellent lesson that I will treasure so that my heart may please Him.

    1. Our absolute goal, Sparky!


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