Day 4 – The Gratitude Test Pass or Fail?

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 “When gratitude dies on the altar of a man’s heart, that man is well-nigh hopeless.”   
Bob Jones, Sr.
Gratitude: (noun) –to show that a kindness received is valued.
When my kids were young, we listened to a children’s song with these words:
“Some people grumble, they dream of having more,
They want a new toy; they want the dog that lives next door,
If you’re unhappy and you don’t have a lot,
Give thanks to God for all you’ve got.
Just catch the gratitude attitude…”
Teaching thankfulness is high on the priority list of all parents. “Say thank you!” is something we teach our one-year olds, but have we as women learned that lessons ourselves?   In my case, it depends on the situation. You see, I know enough to say, “Thank you” when I am given a cup of tea or gift, but I forget to say thank you when I am given a trial or something unacceptable to me.
And that is a problem because scripture commands all of us to always give thanks.  It is one of those 100% commands. It isn’t half the time, or even most of the time and it isn’t a suggestion. It. Says. Always.
And I can only do this when I accept and comprehend my insignificance coupled with God’s incredibly awesome love and tender care towards me.
Continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to his name.” Hebrews 13:15
 “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thes. 5:18
 “Be filled with the Spirit…giving thanks always for all things to God.” Eph. 5:18,20
When I choose to not be thankful, I am sinning and it manifests itself in these unbecoming ways:
I just plain don’t believe or don’t know all that God has done for me and is doing for me at this very moment.
Whenever I forget God and all of His gifts, or fail to honor him, I am unthankful. Whenever I expect to get more than I deserve, I am forgetting that what I really deserved (hell) was not given to me because of the lovingkindness and mercy of Christ!
Whenever I verbalize dissatisfaction over my circumstances or resentment over something that is beyond my control, I am complaining. And God hears it. Remember the Israelites—how they were famous for their murmuring? They complained about all that they didn’t have and all the things they longed for?  Well, God heard it and called it unbelief. They were charging God with not doing what was right and were not trusting God to give them what was best.
My daughter, Rebekah is a student at Bob Jones University. She and her roommates made an agreement early on in the year to confront complaining in the dorm room gently by simply saying, “Murmur, murmur, murmur.” This was their way of keeping each other accountable to not sin in this area.
Whenever I am frustrated over long term disappointments or ongoing trials, I eventually become discontent. This is usually a habitual pattern of negative, unbiblical thinking, characterized by thoughts that what I am going through is unjust, unfair and unacceptable. Situations that are out of our control are the primary culprits for indulging in discontentment: singleness, childlessness, illness, unhappy marriages, rebellious children, low paying jobs.
If we could only remember to check our renegade thoughts with Romans 8:28 which promises us …that for those who love God, all things work together for good.” If only we could remember that there is always a purpose for our good!
Jerry Bridges, in his wonderful book Respectable Sins, says this about discontentment:
“Acceptance means that you accept your circumstances from God, trusting that He unerringly knows what is best for you and that in His love, He purposes only that which is best. Having then reached a state of acceptance, you can ask God to let you use your difficult circumstance to glorify Him. In this way you have moved for the attitude of a victim to an attitude of stewardship. You begin to ask, “God, how can I use my disability (or whatever the difficult circumstance may be) to serve You and glorify You?” “
I don’t know about you, but 100% thankfulness in all things is hard for me. This is one of those areas that should drive us straight to the foot of the cross for help in our time of need. I’m asking for grace, because I’m going to need it!  How about you?

Today’s Challenge:  

Study and read Romans 8:28 today and apply this to your trials or something that is not acceptable to you. Seek God in thanksgiving even when you find that is hard. Accept and comprehend my insignificance coupled with God’s incredibly awesome love and tender care towards me to embrace thanksgiving unlike before.

Today’s Challenger:
Sarah Beals’ has three favorite mottos: “Grace is for sinners,” “It is all of grace,” and “Grace will lead me home.” That pretty much sums up her past, present and future. She and Peter have been married for 20 years and have five children, ages 8 through 18. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, watercolor, coffee and writing at

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About Sonya

I am a sinner saved by grace trying to move through this broken world as a wife, mom and homeschooler. I have 3 gorgeous sons {24, 17 & 11} and a wonderful husband of 13 years, that have my heart! I don't have all the answers however sharing my life with you in hopes that it will drawer you closer to Him. I pray that when you leave here you walk away knowing Him better.

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