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11.17.2020 – “Gratitude will not only transform your day—it will transform your life…”

I love the stillness of the morning when it’s still dark out—knowing that the start of a glorious sunrise is only minutes away… ☀️✨

This morning as I was sitting here with my coffee, suddenly a sense of gratitude began to wash over me like a wave… ??

…a sense of overwhelming gratitude. ?

And nothing else mattered in that moment.

None of the things that I am frustrated about in my life, the things I am troubled about—you know, all the things in life that I don’t really have answers or solutions for…. none of those things mattered to me…

And then I remembered a time in my life when I grumbled about EVERYTHING.

All the time.

And the embarrassing thing was, I didn’t even realize I was doing it. ?

But aren’t you thankful for the people in your life who’ll tell you the truth, in love?

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”—Ephesians 4:15

Aren’t you so thankful that the Holy Spirit is faithful to show us these places in our hearts that need to be transformed by Him?

Isn’t it amazing how He does it in the most loving way?

It’s done in a way that doesn’t lead to shame or condemnation, but it leads us into a truth—a realization that makes us feel loved at the same time.

And it’s the most beautiful, incredible thing. ?

A few years ago when I realized it was time to stop keeping God at arms length, one of the first lessons the Lord took me into was the lesson of “thanksgiving and gratitude.”

I realized and began to recognize that I was self-destructing my every day because of the grumbling that constantly came out of my mouth.

And let me tell you, I was miserable… and yes, for many reasons, but the grumbling and complaining was one of the major “killers” in my life.

This morning, as I was sitting here, and as I felt this sense of gratitude suddenly wash over me like a wave, turning into the most refreshing tears…

…this sense of awe and wonder and amazement of the things God has transformed in my life…

I heard this,

“Gratitude will transform your day… and gratitude will transform your life.

And I true is that…

Oh the lessons in gratitude the Lord has taken me through over the last few years… ?

Then I looked down to where my bible was open to, and there I see Psalm 136,

“Thanksgiving to God for His Enduring Mercy”

So I’m going to share this psalm on here this morning… ?

136 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.

Oh, give thanks to the God of gods!
For His mercy endures forever.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords!
For His mercy endures forever:

To Him who alone does great wonders,
For His mercy endures forever;
To Him who by wisdom made the heavens,
For His mercy endures forever;
To Him who laid out the earth above the waters,
For His mercy endures forever;
To Him who made great lights,
For His mercy endures forever—
The sun to rule by day,
For His mercy endures forever;
The moon and stars to rule by night,
For His mercy endures forever.

10 To Him who struck Egypt in their firstborn,
For His mercy endures forever;
11 And brought out Israel from among them,
For His mercy endures forever;
12 With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm,
For His mercy endures forever;
13 To Him who divided the Red Sea in two,
For His mercy endures forever;
14 And made Israel pass through the midst of it,
For His mercy endures forever;
15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea,
For His mercy endures forever;
16 To Him who led His people through the wilderness,
For His mercy endures forever;

17 To Him who struck down great kings,
For His mercy endures forever;
18 And slew famous kings,
For His mercy endures forever—
19 Sihon king of the Amorites,
For His mercy endures forever;
20 And Og king of Bashan,
For His mercy endures forever—
21 And gave their land as a heritage,
For His mercy endures forever;
22 A heritage to Israel His servant,
For His mercy endures forever.

23 Who remembered us in our lowly state,
For His mercy endures forever;
24 And rescued us from our enemies,
For His mercy endures forever;

25 Who gives food to all flesh,
For His mercy endures forever.

26 Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven!
For His mercy endures forever.”

Here are a few “thanksgiving” quotes from, “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are” by Ann Voskamp… I believe her words to be some of the most overwhelmingly beautiful words written today, on the subject of “gratitude and thanksgiving”…

“Gratitude for the seemingly insignificant—a seed—this plants the giant miracle.”

“And when I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me.”

“Thanksgiving-giving thanks in everything-prepares the way that God might show us His fullest salvation in Christ.”
― Ann Voskamp

Thank You, Father.

Thank You, thank You, thank You. ?

-Heather ?

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