The Gifts of Gratitude

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.” – Philippians 2:14-16

Life is hard. I get it. And honestly, it seems like as a Christian, life may be even more challenging than it was before we knew Jesus. But there is a joy and hope in the midst of all the struggle that it ours as believers. And we can embrace that joy even in the most difficult times of pain we experience. As believers, we must be mindful of our tongues. If the words that come out of your mouth, the statements you type online, and the choices you make with your time, money, and thoughts don’t point to the Glory of God and what He has done in your life, then you need to take a good hard look at your choices and your relationship with Him. I’m not saying you shouldn’t express your struggles and sadness with others, but when you do, make sure you Glorify God in the same breath, especially when speaking publicly to those who may not yet know the Lord.

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

Dear God, thank You for Your power and work in my life. Thank You for your goodness and the blessings You pour over me. Thank You for giving me hope, even through the toughest parts of my life and for strengthening me for Your purposes. Thank you for Your great love, mercy, and grace. And thank you for your incredible sacrifice so that I can have freedom and everlasting life. Please forgive me for not thanking You enough for who You are, all that You do, and for all that You’ve given me. Help me to keep my eyes and heart focused on You at all times, even when I am feeling overwhelmed or discouraged. Renew my spirit and fill me with Your peace and joy. I love You and I need You all the time, in the good times and the bad. I give You all my praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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