“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever” (Psalm 30:11-12. NLT)!
I thank you, Lord, for your heart which always listens to my cry. I thank you for your time which you give so completely. You are always there the moment I speak your name. I thank you for your love which always looks beyond my fault and sees my potential. I thank you for your forgiveness which you offer unconditionally. I thank you, Lord Jesus, my friend, because you are the friend who listens to my prayer when I am distraught. You are the friend who lifts me from my lowest state, and gives hope to believe in your promise of joy and peace. You are the friend who reaches into my heart, and removes all the hurt and pain. You are the friend who has always known my failure but encourages my best. You are the friend that knows the things of which I cannot even speak. You are the friend who knows me so intimately that, when I am ready to speak, you know my words before they are even uttered. You are the friend who sticks closer than anyone in my life. I can't thank you enough for never giving up on me. I can't praise you enough for your sacrifice and absolute forgiveness that makes my life new. I can't give you enough for all you have given me. Thank you for giving your life for me, and saving me from the selfishness of my own heart. Lord, may I give away unselfishly the love which you have given me. May I offer that love with no hesitation or judgment. I know there will be times that I fail, but I know you will pick me up again. You will encourage me to never quit or give up sharing your love. Don't ever let me retreat from your love. Don't ever allow any failure to keep me from trying again. Lord, there are just not enough words to thank you for turning this life of sadness and mourning into one that sings with your joy. Thank you, Lord, for always praying what is in my heart. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for praying all that I do not even know. There are no words I can find to offer you all that you deserve. But you are here. My heart is full of your presence, and I praise your faithfulness with all I can offer–my life surrendered to you.