by Sandra Clifton
Have you ever looked through a kaleidoscope lens to see a picture form, only to turn the base and experience an entirely new picture form before your very eyes? I had this kaleidoscope effect happen to me one day—surprisingly, at a time when I least expected it.
I was sitting on the couch, feeling overwhelmed by some challenges, and feeling less than up to facing any of them. This is when I prayed. And this is when the kaleidoscope thing began to happen in a way that I could only describe as supernatural of God.
As I prayed, I was suddenly led to thank the Lord, not for my problems and challenges, but for His greatness and goodness. The more I began to thank Him, the more it felt as if I was moving through a great door into His very presence—a special door that gave me access to the very throne of God ... that intimate place in Him where there was a joy beyond words, hope beyond limitations, help for every need.
In that precise moment of thanking the Lord for His goodness and greatness and His love, I began to see myself with new eyes— I saw myself through His unconditional loving eyes...eyes that spoke beyond words His love for me, eyes that shone brightly with the promise of brighter days ahead.
I was reminded of God's Word that promises us that in His presence is the fullness of joy (see Ps. 16:11). I was now living this promise! His joy was greater than any down mood or sorrow I could possibly experience! I was also comforted that His joy was available to me 24/7. It is available to us all.
The mere act of giving thanks to the Lord was an invisible but powerful door in the Spirit that could usher any of us into His awesome presence—bringing with it, the miracles of His love and His joy and His strength for us to walk in.
This Thanksgiving, I invite you to walk through this miraculous door in the Spirit of God—His door to the great love and joy that awaits you. Happy Thanksgiving!
Sandra Clifton has a doctor of ministry and masters of divinity from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. Sandra and her husband, Terry, both ordained ministers, have an outreach healing ministry called Sandra Clifton Ministries. She is the author of From New Age to New Life and New Age Lies Exposed.
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