I am Grateful

I Am Grateful, Challenge Day 1

Come, let us shout joyfully to The Lord, shout triumphantly to the rock of our salvation! Let us enter His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout triumphantly to Him in song. Psalms 95:1-2, HCSB

I remember a sermon several years ago in which our pastor challenged us not to be like a stinky sponge or a slimy pond. Both needed wrung out, turned over, or drained completely. I hate to own how often I am that rotten sponge. But to my joy, I have discovered that being wrung out need not always be done through pain. Thanksgiving accomplishes the same end. Why did I not know this before?

I’m all in on this Gratitude Challenge, and I’m double-dog-daring you to be as well. Stop over at Simply Life and check it out, participate, and experience the refreshing joy of a heart squeezed by thanksgiving. Here are my thoughts for yesterday’s challenge.

Gratitude: a heart focused on the amazing grace of God rather than on the unsatisfied longings of the flesh. Good news! I can choose where to put my focus.

Thank you Jesus, for saving such a selfish heart as mine.
Thank you, Father, for loving me when I did not know love.
Thank you Spirit for contending with the flesh that still wars within me.

When life squeezes me, God I pray, let the sweet fragrance of gratitude pour out. Amen.

What does gratitude mean to you?

How will your life be different by adopting gratitude?

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Let us know what God does in your life as you jump into this challenge with us.