Friday, November 4, 2011

Learning gratitude

Life changing gratitude does not fasten to a life unless nailed through with one very specific nail at a time.” - Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts

In her book Ann talks about how Paul had to learn to be content. "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." Philippians 4:12

Learning takes practice. And practice. And more practice. Whether that's learning to write, learning to drive, learning to play a sport or learning a foreign language.

We learn patience. We learn kindness. We learn self-control.

We can also learn to be grateful.

So that's what I'm doing this month. Practicing. Learning. Retraining myself. Asking God to help me choose gratitude. Because it's a choice. Every single day of our lives we have a choice.

G   R   A    T   I   T   U   D   E

Day 4: Today I am grateful for the service of others. Tonight two students from a local college (who attend our church) put our kids to bed while Ryan and I went to a movie. They served their church, they served our family, they served their God. And their service brings glory to Him as we give thanks for them tonight.

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