prayer + thanksgiving = peace

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“When prayer teams up with gratitude, when you open your eyes wide enough to look for God’s mercies in the midst of your pain, He meets you with His indescribable peace. It’s a promise: prayer + thanksgiving = peace.”

DeMoss, Nancy Leigh. The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings (Kindle Locations 2892-2893). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition. 

*emphasis mine

**photo taken at the Biltmore estate

On Returning Thanks…

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“I have found expressing gratitude to be a powerful antidote to a spirit of discouragement or entitlement. Taking time to jot a note of thanks provides a reminder of how richly blessed I’ve been and that I am a debtor to the Lord and to others who have extended grace to me. And on the receiving end, thank-you notes can be a wonderful means to minister grace to those who have blessed us.”

DeMoss, Nancy Leigh. The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings (Kindle Locations 2594-2597). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

*photo taken at the Biltmore estate

Receiving with Gratitude

IMG_9914 copy“The fact is, if we are not content with what we have, we will never be content with what we think we want. The key to joyous living is to embrace the will of God and to receive with gratitude the gifts He chooses to give us in each season of life.”

DeMoss, Nancy Leigh. The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings (Kindle Locations 1276-1277). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

*photo taken at the Biltmore estate

Eucharist

IMG_7934 copy.JPG“The word eucharist (the more liturgical term for what many of us call Communion or the Lord’s Supper) comes from the Greek word eucharistia, meaning “the giving of thanks.” So when we partake of Communion, we are engaged in gratitude. Gratitude to God. Gratitude for the gospel. From guilt, through grace, to gratitude … all celebrated as we meet together at His table.”

DeMoss, Nancy Leigh. The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings (Kindle Locations 601-604). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

*photo taken at the Biltmore estate