Choosing Gratitude…

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Romans 8:28: – “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”

1 Corinthians 2:9 – “But it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.'”

Thank You Lord

I found this pic online, and I saw that someone had commented, “That’s when you really believe that God is in charge.” The truth of the above quote, and this subsequent response, really resonated with me, because I have begun to have this realization myself as of late. When I pray and pray for something, yet don’t get what I want or pray for; I, like most people, am REALLY disappointed! However, the easiest way for me to find peace in my disappointment is to acknowledge that if that thing, that situation, that person, that opportunity were for me, God would have provided it; to remember that God is in control and nothing can thwart His plans for me; and to take comfort in the understanding that every situation will ultimately work out for my good, because what God has planned for me is better than anything that my mind can conceive. So I choose to trust Him, and in that moment, I can thank Him despite my disappointment. And He, in turn, gives me a peace that passes all understanding. 🙂 Hallelujah!

AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE…

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GRATITUDE (PART 2)

1 Thessalonians 5:18 – “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Ephesians 5:20 – “Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

Reflections: Some days, it’s easy to focus on what we lack, especially when we are going through a trial or are in a posture of waiting. We focus so heavily on that one thing that we don’t have that we forget to take comfort in the myriad blessings that we’ve already received. God has blessed each of us abundantly in so many ways, and remembering this…acknowledging His grace, mercy, love, and provision…can brighten even the darkest day.

Today, let’s make a point not to take God and His blessings for granted. Let’s look around and really SEE all that He has done. I bet that we won’t have to look far to see Him working and moving in our lives. And as we acknowledge His presence with gratitude, we make way for Him to move in a mighty way and shower us with new and miraculous blessings.

Be grateful!

Song: Smile by Jonathan McReynolds

Thoughts, reactions, or testimonies? Leave a comment below. I look forward to hearing from you!

Shine Bright! :)

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Praise Him Anyway…

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GRATITUDE

Habakkuk 3:17 – “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vine, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my savior.”

Reflections: On those rough days, in those trying situations, sometimes it’s hard to muster up the energy to look for the blessings in our lives and enter into a posture of gratitude. We want deliverance, we want restoration, we want healing, we want change, and we want it NOW; but sometimes, instead of focusing on the lack in our lives, God just wants us to sit with and acknowledge all the ways that He has already made.

If we take a breath to think about it, it’s really not hard to see the countless ways that God blesses us each and every day, even in the midst of challenges. We can see Him in the new life we’re given each day, in the love we receive from our family and friends, in the ways He allows us to be a blessing to others… We can see God moving and working all around us, if we take the time to stop and look. And changing our perspective, looking humbly at our lives with gratitude, makes the hard times hurt a little less and gives us the strength we need to keep pushing to the other side, where God is waiting to do a new and amazing thing in our lives.

See Also:

1 Thessalonians 5:18 – “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Philippians 4:6-7 – “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.“

Song: Gratitude by Nichole Nordeman

Thoughts, reactions, or testimonies? Leave a comment below. I look forward to hearing from you!

Shine Bright!