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An Attitude of Gratitude

A long time ago I was given the advice to develop an attitude of gratitude and it has served me well throughout the years. This is a perfect time to pass it along that advice.

Once I shifted my focus to God and His goodness to me the pity parties became a thing of the past.

There were times when being grateful was hard. I had gotten in the nasty habit of having pity parties and I became more and more prone to them. Sometimes "enjoying" them for hours, days and even weeks. A kind and courageous person pointed out to me that I was the only person at my pity parties. (She was the iron spoken of in Proverbs 27:17). No one else wanted to attend! That was a revelation to me! Not to mention that I was the focus all the time.

I have to admit that it took some effort because of the circumstances of my life, but I began to develop an "attitude of gratitude" even in the midst of chaos, strife, and uncertainty. I found that I had much to be grateful for. You see, it really depends upon your focus. Once I shifted my focus to God and His goodness to me the pity parties became a thing of the past. I was able to see that if you constantly look at your circumstance you will undoubtedly be stuck right there. But making the effort to look to God and His constant care, concern and compassion for me caused me to see just how big He is and how much He loves me. Look, He was/is always that big and loving I just couldn't see it. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

1 Peter 5:7 ...casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Mark 6:34 And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.

May I encourage you to take the whole month of November (don't limit this to just Thanksgiving day) and daily find reasons to be grateful/thankful. Write them down, express them to others and most of all, tell God. Because ultimately it is to Him that we owe all of our gratitude and thanks.

Have a very blessed Thanksgiving!

In His love and mine,

Darcy Foote

Church Secretary