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Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”

1 Thessalonians 5:18

My word for this year has been “grateful” I decided that I needed to change my perspective on a lot of things, and the way to do that was to show gratitude for everything I do have.

It’s easy to complain about what we DON’T have – a new car, better paying job, a bigger home.. but it’s harder to do that when you are instead thankful for what you DO have.

My car gets me from point A to B. Are my kids constantly kicking the back of the seats and are my knees are touching the dash? Yes, but it gets us where we need to be.

Do I wish we were more financially secure? Absolutely, but our bills are paid, we have plenty of food to eat and we are clothed.

Are we at maximum capacity in this bungalow? We sure are, but it’s home. We have heat, and a dishwasher (an absolute necessity in my eyes) and beds to sleep in.

It’s all about contentment.

We as women can be consumed by the mundane, and it does sometimes feel like a burden and like we may be missing out. But take a look around you right now, what do you have that you are thankful for? What is around you that you prayed for, and God miraculously provided?

Let’s change our outlook on life today ladies, and thank and praise God for what He has provided and everything we are so blessed with!

Lord, help me to have a thank you on my lips every single day, and to not take anything I have in this life for granted.

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

In Luke 17:12-19,  Jesus was making his way into the city where ten lepers lived.  When they saw Jesus, they cried out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” The highly contagious leprosy had caused repulsive nodules, bumps and the rotting away of their skin.  Jesus healed them and then told them to go to the priest, as was the custom, to be declared clean. Once the priest declared them clean, they no longer had to live isolated.

Out of the ten lepers, only one came back to thank Jesus for the healing. Because of his expression of gratitude, Jesus made him whole. The other nine were also cleansed, but the Bible does not say they were made whole.  Is it possible that they bore the scars of what the leprosy had done to their bodies for the rest of their lives?  Did they receive their physical healing but not the more important spiritual healing?

How many times have you cried out to God needing healing or help with a situation? How many times has God answered, but you didn’t thank Him for it? We ask God to help us with many things in our lives; our marriages, family, health, finances, etc. How often do we remember to thank Him for what He has already done?

The nine lepers had the same opportunity as the one who was made whole that day. An attitude of gratitude elevated his miracle to total restoration from the inside out.

God wants us to give thanks in everything, no matter how big or small.

Prayer:  Dear Lord, I just want to thank you for what you have done in my life. I want to say thank You for the prayers that You have answered and the ones You are going to answer. Help me to remember in every thing to give you thanks. Amen!

Devotion by Mishelle Nally

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.” (Psalm 37:23 NKJV)

While visiting my parents at the hospital, I was happy to find a parking spot near the entrance closest to our ward. As I approached the door, an aide pushing an empty wheelchair was blocking my way. I politely waited, then followed her inside. She looked at me oddly, then went on.

A few steps later I realized that the entrance we’d just come through was locked. She unlocked it with a card. The timing was so perfect that I almost missed it. She must have thought I was quite bold. Thinking back, I realized, Oh yes. That door locks early. I should have known, but I wasn’t paying attention. I should have had to walk to a different entrance. That’s not a big deal, but it had been a long day. My dad was sick. My arms were full of bags. I was tired. It was cold… I had a dozen reasons to be happy for that opened door, and I hadn’t even said, “Thank you.”

God reminded me in that moment how He always sees ahead, from the monumental to the small events of our lives. As we bumble through our own imperfect plans, He is watching and waiting to help. His timing is so perfect that we may not even notice all the good He does for us. Only in Heaven will we clearly see all the ways He has ordered our steps, but it’s not too soon today to tell Him “Thank you.”

Devotion by Kristi Moore