Choosing Gratitude 1

It really shouldn’t be so hard to spend time with the Lover of my soul, but it is. Perhaps it is meant to be so that I will realize it is only by His enabling that I will want Him more than my pitiful momentary pleasures.

Recently, I added Nancy Leigh DeMoss’s book Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy to my library. In the back of the book, it contains a 30-day devotional series. I’m doing it for the next 30 days, and plan to blog short meditations daily to keep on track with this much-needed study.

So, here goes:

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Poem from the front of the book:

Gratefulnesse

Thou that has given so much to me, Give me one thing more–a grateful heart….

…I cry, and cry again;

And in no quiet canst Thou be,

Till I a thankful heart obtain

Of Thee.

Not thankful when it pleases me,

As if Thy blessings had spare days;

But such a heart, whose pulse may be

Thy praise.

George Herbert (1593-1633)

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Colossians 3:12-17

Verse 17: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

It seems that thankfulness is largely shown by how I spend my time. If I truly am grateful to the Lord for His mercy to me, and I realize that He could have thrown me in the pit of hell long ago, I will have no greater desire to please Him with the time He has allotted me here on earth. I am fully and only His because He has purchased me at such a great price. I owe Him my all. Lord, remind of this because I forget all the time!

30 days of thanksgiving:

1. Mercy of my God

2. God’s keeping of me when I repeatedly go my own way

3. Truth-proclaiming songs

4. Exhortation by other believers to remember the goodness of our God

5. Diverse styles of worship to the glory of a creative Creator

6. People all around me who demonstrate unconditional love

7. Opportunities to explore God’s wonderful creation

8. Parents who help me walk in the way God has planned out for me

9. Brothers who spend time with me despite my many faults

10. The time God has ordained for me on this earth to give back to Him

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