|My Gripes Be Gone Bracelet|
When we get in the habit of speaking out the frustrating things, the "yuck" in our lives, it begins to take hold of us on the inside and then "out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh" Luke 6:45. I think that's why Scripture admonishes us; "Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things." Phil 4:8 (NIV)
Were you ever in a play that you had to memorize lines for? You had to rehearse and rehearse and rehearse your part until it became second nature to you. You could eventually say the lines without even thinking about them. I think that's how thankfulness works. We find the good things in our lives and then rehearse and rehearse and rehearse them. Soon, our hearts are full of gratefulness to God for the small things, the big things and for things that we never even thought about before.
You see, friends, God is able to work with a heart that is overflowing in an abundance of gratitude. A heart that has been rehearsing ungratefulness and complaints has become closed off to the things of God. God's nature and blessings won't flow naturally like a well rehearsed script if you've hardened your heart. If you can sit down in a quiet place with a pen and paper and ask God to show you the blessings that He's given you, you might be surprised at how many things you are able to write down!
What things can you think of that God has done for you? What blessings are you rehearsing today? They can be small, like herbs in a garden or they can be huge blessings, like a child recovering from an illness. Whatever they are, rehearse them, open your heart and let God pour Himself into you in the midst of any circumstance! If you have something that you're thankful for that you'd like to share, leave a comment and share it with us. You can also visit a wonderful blog "I Live in an Antbed" and share a post there! I look forward to hearing from you! I pray you discover a multitude of blessings from God to be grateful for!
From His Lap,