4 Reasons to be grateful

“Lord, if You bless me, I’ll thank You; but if You don’t, I’ll be thankful for what I have.”

– Phil Robertson


Why shouldn’t we be thankful to God? Even if we have nothing else, Christ is all we need. Trusting in Him has allowed us to be reconciled to God and be able to have an eternal relationship with Him. There is no other way this is possible except through Christ (John 6:44, Acts 4:12).


God blesses the good and the evil, even if the evil never acknowledge it. That’s because God is good and gives to us what we don’t deserve; it’s called grace. He doesn’t give us what we do deserve, namely His wrath; it’s called mercy. Why not choose an attitude of gratitude at all times, even when it’s hard.

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4 Reasons to be grateful

“Lord, if You bless me, I’ll thank You; but if You don’t, I’ll be thankful for what I have.”

– Phil Robertson


Why shouldn’t we be thankful to God, because even if we’ve got nothing else, Christ is all we need? Trusting in Him has allowed us to be reconciled to God and be able to have an eternal relationship with Him. There is no other way that this is possible except through Christ (John 6:44; Acts 4:12).

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Celebrate Every Good Thing

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another blessed Friday to celebrate the small things.

Hope your Thanksgiving was blessed and all is well in your world.

This week, celebrate every good thing that blesses us. Thank you Lord.

Walking through challenges.
Family, friends and enemies that help us grow.
Aging and accepting physical changes.
God always provides for our needs.

Answered prayers. Encouraging words to keep moving forward.

___________________ (fill in the blank) to what blesses you.

A combination of things contribute to every good thing that blesses us.

Abundant blessings, my friends, keep the faith and enjoy your weekend.

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

The Gravity of Gratitude

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful . . . (2 Timothy 3:1–2)

Notice how ingratitude goes with pride, abuse, and insubordination.

In another place Paul says, “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking . . . but instead let there be thanksgiving” (Ephesians 5:4). So, it seems that gratitude is the opposite of ugliness and violence.

The reason this is so is that the feeling of gratitude is a humble feeling, not a proud one. It is other-exalting, not self-exalting. And it is glad-hearted, not angry or bitter.

The key to unlocking a heart of gratitude and overcoming bitterness and ugliness and disrespect and violence is a strong belief in God, the Creator and Sustainer and Provider and Hope-giver. If we do not believe we are deeply indebted to God for all we have or hope to have, then the very spring of gratitude has gone dry.

So, I conclude that the rise of violence and sacrilege and ugliness and insubordination in the last times is a God-issue. The basic issue is a failure to feel gratitude at the upper levels of our dependence.

When the high spring of gratitude to God fails at the top of the mountain, soon all the pools of thankfulness begin to dry up further down the mountain. And when gratitude goes, the sovereignty of the self condones more and more corruption for its pleasure.

Pray for a great awakening of humble gratitude.

Why We Should be Thankful for the Gift of Gratitude


The Wonder of Gratitude for Grace



Excerpted from an article in the September/October edition of Grace in Focus

We All Are Grateful When People Do Us Favors

Of course, it is common enough to appreciate the small favors people do for us. Social life is filled with little kindnesses that differentiate friendship from mere civility. But such courtesies are rarely selfless. Many gifts are ultimately meant to be repaid. We give expecting to receive in return. And as Jacques Derrida has said, these are not gifts so much as debts, leading to an endless circle of giving and receiving tinged by the resentment of being obliged to give in return.

But when a gift is so extravagant that it defies repayment, and when it is made, not to put us in debt, but for our own good, then our appreciation ripens to gratitude. And in that moment of gratefulness, we experience a sense of transcendence that lifts us beyond the narrowly selfish concerns of our life, helping us take a wider view of its purpose, and we give thanks. For gratitude responds to goodness, and goodness speaks of spiritual realities unaccounted for by material existence. Gratitude gives us a taste of divine things.

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A Heart of Gratitude

By Terri Pettyjohn,

Psalm 118:28 “You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you.”

Try to picture the hurt in your spouse’s or child’s eyes if you only told them once a week or once a month how much you loved them and how thankful you are that they are a part of your life. Take that a step farther and imagine if you just said it out of a sense of duty and it didn’t come from your heart. For most of us we would never consider doing that but when it comes to worshiping God, we don’t see the importance of practicing it on a daily basis. Daily worship is more than just going through the paces and saying the right things, but searching deep inside of ourselves for the right words to tell Him how wonderful He is. Worship has nothing to do with us, but everything to do with Him. Thank Him for all He is to you today, express your humble gratitude for what He saved you from becoming and give Him praise for the awesomeness of our world that He created for our enjoyment. I don’t believe in dwelling in the past, but I do believe we need to remember what we were before God rescued us from sin. When we consider that, is there a limit to our thankfulness to Him?

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