Give Thanks

ChoosingGratitude“Thanks-giving ushers us into the very presence of God!” ~pg. 64

“In every situation …prayer + thanksgiving = peace.” ~pg. 66

“The grateful heart that springs forth in joy is not acquired in a moment; it is the fruit of a thousand choices. It is a godly habit and pattern that over time becomes a new muscle in our spiritual makeup. And though like every other sanctified character trait, it does nothing to make us more loved and accepted by God, gratitude does become a reliable measure for where our hearts are with Him. Look for it, listen for it–and you’ll learn a lot about how you’re growing–or deficient–in grace.” ~pg. 68-69

“’Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.’ When faced with perplexing circumstances, when you don’t know what to do or which way to go, be grateful–and you’ll find yourself right in the middle of His will.” ~pg. 70

“Grateful people are loving people who seek to bless others, while ungrateful people are bent on gratifying themselves. They tend to focus on ‘my needs,’ ‘my hurts,’ ‘my feelings,’ ‘my desires,’ ‘how I have been treated, neglected, failed, or wounded.’ An unthankful person is full of himself, seldom pausing to consider the needs and feelings of others.” ~pg. 84

DeMoss, Nancy Leigh (2009-08-04). Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy. Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.


“And yet how often do we neglect to return thanks for a kindness done, a duty performed, or a step saved-while being oblivious to our ingratitude? Gradually, subtly, we become desensitized, as layers of entitlement and resentment wrap themselves around our hearts, until thankfulness is all but gone from our lives and lips.”  ~pg. 50

“Unrealistic expectations. We can start to expect a lot–from life, from work, from others in general–until no matter what we’re receiving in terms of blessing, it’s never as much as we were hoping for.” ~pg. 53

“When we take simple blessings for granted as if they were owed to us, or conversely, when we start to think that our house, our car, our wardrobe, or our general station in life is beneath what we deserve, ingratitude finds all the oxygen it needs to thrive.” ~pg. 55

“Any time our focus is on ourselves–even if it’s on the good things we’re doing–it keeps us from being grateful for what others are contributing. We lose our appreciation for our spouse, children, friends, and coworkers when we constantly view them through our own shadow.” ~pg. 56

“…so powerful is the influence exerted by ingratitude, that when we displace it with gratitude, we will likely find a multitude of other sins dislodged from our lives. Notice how Paul instructed the Ephesians: “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving” (Ephesians 5:4).” ~pg. 56-57

DeMoss, Nancy Leigh (2009-08-04). Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy. Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.ChoosingGratitude

Christian Gratitude

ChoosingGratitude“To send up a ‘thank you’ in heaven’s general direction at the sudden appearance of a good parking spot, the dismissal of a speeding ticket, or a phone call from the doctor’s office that tells you all your tests came back negative is not distinctively Christian gratitude. This kind of me-first thankfulness is the sort that only kicks in when things are going well and when positive blessings are flowing in our direction. It’s little more than an automatic reflex, like saying ‘Excuse me’ after accidentally bumping into someone, or ‘You too’ after being encouraged by a salesclerk to have a nice day. Christian gratitude, on the other hand, involves:

recognizing the many benefits we’ve received from God and others (including those blessings that may come disguised as problems and difficulties),

acknowledging God as the ultimate Giver of every good gift, and

expressing appreciation to Him (and others) for those gifts.”

DeMoss, Nancy Leigh (2009-08-04). Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy (p. 36). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.


ChoosingGratitude“I’ve seen that if I am not ceaselessly vigilant about rejecting ingratitude and choosing gratitude, I all-too-easily get sucked into the undertow of life in a fallen world. I start focusing on what I don’t have that I want, or what I want that I don’t have. My life starts to feel hard, wearisome, and overwhelming.” ~pg. 16

“Over time, choosing gratitude means choosing joy. But that choice doesn’t come without effort and intentionality. It’s a choice that requires constantly renewing my mind with the truth of God’s Word, setting my heart to savor God and His gifts, and disciplining my tongue to speak words that reflect His goodness and grace–until a grateful spirit becomes my reflexive response to all of life.” ~pg. 17

“…I want to suggest that as challenging as your situation or your season of life may be, your frame of mind likely has less to do with your distressing circumstances than with your need to develop a thankful heart.” ~pg. 18

“An important key to not becoming overwhelmed by what is going on around us is looking for evidences of God’s hand at work in the midst of the turmoil and being “simply overwhelmed with thankfulness to Him.” ~pg. 18

“But true, Christ-centered, grace-motivated gratitude fits everywhere, even in life’s most desperate moments and difficult situations. Even when there are no “answers,” it gives hope. It transforms overwhelmed strugglers into triumphant conquerors.” ~pg. 28

 ~from Choosing Gratitude:  Your Journey to Joy by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Family News

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I realize my blogging has been sporadic at best.  Furlough has ended and life is returning to a small semblance of normality, but the blogging hasn’t returned.  I could offer lots of excuses, but the truth is I just didn’t know what to write about.  I read another blogger’s post recently that struck a chord with me.  I realized it is time to return.  The last two years I have participated in 31 Days.  I was looking for some help with it this year and stumbled on a post that gave tips for a great 31 days series. It was very helpful and I started to think about what I would do as I read through the tips.  Then I came to number 31, “It’s okay not to do a 31 days series.”  I decided that this year I would take a break from it and it is o.k.!  I plan to ease back into blogging and pick up where I left off with some things here.  Thank you for your patience with me during this time.  Fall PA 2013-39


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