Thursday, November 24, 2016

November 24, 2016: Attitude of Gratitude

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 329

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from a group of kids singing … We Gather Together … singing one of my favorite Thanksgiving songs.

Highlight Verse[s]: Colossians 3:17 [NKJV] …
17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. 
… Doing everything we do with an attitude of gratitude.
Highlight Context: Colossians 3:12-17 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Paul outlines Godly character for believers to emulate.

Reference Passage #1 … Psalms 100 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Probably one of the greatest songs of thanksgiving ever written.

Reference Passage #2 … 1st Thessalonians 5:16-18 [NKJV] …
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
 … Yes, in EVERYTHING, give thanks!  

My Journal for Today:  … Our Daily Bread author, Joe Stowell, used a personal story to illustrate what we celebrate on this day - THANKSGIVING. He wrote: Every autumn we throw a scrumptious Thanksgiving feast on campus at Cornerstone University. Our students love it! Last year a group of students played a game at their table. They challenged each other to name something they were thankful for—in three seconds or less—without repeating what someone else had said. Anyone who hesitated was out of the game. 
There are all kinds of things that students might gripe about—tests, deadlines, rules, and a host of other college-type complaints. But these students had chosen to be thankful. And my guess is that they all felt a lot better after the game than they would have if they had chosen to complain. 

If we were playing the game, what would be the first jewel of thankfulness which comes to your mind? And then when the game came around to you again, what would be #2 on your list? … And how many different things can you come up with right now for which you are genuinely thankful for God’s mercy, His kindness, His providence, … His grace.

Just stop here for a time and do a mental list of thankfulness; or better yet, write them down so that you can see how God has been working in your life. And then having done that, as have I, we’ll have - at least for a few moments - an attitude of gratitude which we should have 24/7 for all the days of our lives.

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … Listing all for which I’m thankful has humbled me and convicted me of my selfishness most of the time. Forgive me and help me develop more of an attitude of gratitude in my life. … Amen

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