One thing is indisputable: the chronic mood of looking longingly at what we have not, or thankfully at what we have, realizes two very different types of character.
Lucy C. Smith
Last year while looking for a new devotional, I was recommended the book Choosing Gratitude. Now one of my favorite books, this book has been such an encouragement to me and has shown me areas in my life that are lacking gratitude..
I've realized after reading this book how easy it is to get caught up with ingratitude and what it steals from me- contentment, humility, and enjoyment in what I do have (which by the way is far more than I ever deserve!).
I am reminded that I have so much to be thankful for, especially a God who faithfully meets my needs and extends his grace to all! Gratitude is a lifestyle -a hard-fought lifestyle at that- because it has to fit everywhere in life..even the most difficult moments.
I'm learning in every situation --good and bad-- I have two choices....I can whine or I can give thanks! So here I am, on a journey to be thankful for ALL things, to be easily contented, and to be humble!
1 Thessalonians 5:18
"Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."