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A Grateful Heart

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:4

My family and I sat around the living room the other night. Witten was in my arms with his little head against my cheek. Ann Elizabeth sat next to me on the love seat. Olivia and Thomas sat together on the couch. The girls had their devotionals out and were starting to read. As I looked around at that scene that you can see most nights in my living room, I was overcome by thankfulness. I realized in that one moment just how truly blessed I am.

I’m not always that way, however. I become discouraged easily. There never seems to be enough money to go around. We need a bigger house. Everyone keeps making messes in our house. It’s as if they think we live here or something 😝!

And then there are some battles I face each day that are too personal to put on this page. Things I deal with that can get the best of me if I allow them to,and I’ll just be honest. I’ve let them get the best of me far too often. This morning, though, as I read my devotional, God spoke clearly to me through Scripture. The Quest

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says, “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”

No matter what we’re going through or what we’re facing, if we’re a child of the King, then we will not be crushed. We will not be destroyed. Life may not be easy, but in the end, we have the victory.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Life may look real grim right now. The diagnosis from the doctor might be saying death. The checkbook may look bleak. Your marriage might be in shambles. But that’s not the end of the story. Child of God, you need to get on your knees and trust in the Savior. Trust He’s going to bring you through whatever He brought you to. And even if He doesn’t do things the way you think He should, He is still on the throne. He is still the Almighty God and still worthy of our praise.

James 1:1-2 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”

Not only is God working through you in those trials, but your trials are a witness to those around you. The world is watching us. They see how we react when faced with adversity. Let God use that test for a testimony. Let your light shine no matter what you’re facing.

I’m choosing today to have a grateful heart no matter what I’m facing. I’m choosing to use whatever God brings me to for His glory. I’m trusting His plan for my life.

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