Verse of the Week:
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV
“Grumbling and gratitude are, for the child of God, in conflict. Be grateful and you won’t grumble. Grumble and you won’t be grateful.”
According to Billy Graham, gratitude and grumbling cancel each other out. Whichever one we choose to engage in renders the other inoperable in that situation. Choose to be grateful by giving thanks in all things!
If you, like me, sometimes find that grumbling comes easier than giving thanks, join me this week in practicing gratitude in all situations. Nothing of worth comes without a cost, right? Otherwise, it wouldn’t be worth anything. The cost of gratitude is giving up grumbling and complaining.
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing,”
Philippians 2:14 NIV
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Philippians 4:6 NLT
It is okay to bring your needs and concerns to God. In fact, it is necessary, so that your worries and anxieties can be replaced by the peace of God, which is beyond human comprehension. This peace will guard your heart and mind through Jesus Christ. (See Philippians 4:7)
Just be sure to always show your gratitude by saying thank you.
Live it out this week
Count your blessings! Every day this week. Write them down. This will help you to visualize how much you have to be grateful for.
Say thank you to to Giver of every good and every perfect gift!
Father, You have blessed me beyond my ability to comprehend. Forgive me for sometimes grumbling instead of being grateful. Help me to never take one single blessing for granted. Thank You for always giving me what is best. I love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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