Friday, October 1, 2010
On Wednesday mornings I am attending a Bible study. We are going through a book called Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy. There is journaling involved. I am horrible at journaling. My oldest daughter Erin is fabulous at it. She has loved to write, journal and pen stories ever since she was in the second grade. She is very good at it. Anyway, I bought myself a spiral notebook and covered it. That is one thing I can do! Stamp and craft! This is the front cover. I am not going to list all of the ingredients. I used a LOT. Everything is ©Stampin' Up!
Gratitude is a choice: if we fail to choose it, by default we are ungrateful. Gratitude is learning to recognize and express appreciation for the benefits we have received from God and from others. Ingratitude comes from not listening to God and not remembering what He has done for us.
When we choose a lifestyle of heartfelt, humble gratitude, it brings to mind the benefits received from our gracious Savior and those He has placed around us. By intentionally thanking God and others, bitterness and entitlement are replaced with joy and the humble realization of just how undeserving we really are.
I want to live my life based on thankfulness - for the freedom Christ has provided and for the blessings of others.
Thanks for looking! Debra