August 19, 2017

Let’s Chat: Choosing Gratitude Daily

We are now six weeks into the Choosing Gratitude study. I hope you've been enjoying and learning as much as I have! But I wanted to take a break from the book this week to have a little "coffee date" with you, and chat about how we're making gratitude a habit in our own lives. I'm personally trying to make gratitude a daily habit by choosing to worship instead of whine. When I feel a complaining spirit coming on, I try to focus my thoughts on a passage of praise, like Psalm 103. Instead of griping and murmuring with discontent, I pray those words back to God: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his [...Read More]

Choosing Gratitude: Chapter 4

Welcome to Week 5 of the Choosing Gratitude study! If you’re not sure what this is all about, we’re studying through Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. See the Introduction for more details. Why Choose Gratitude? 1. Gratitude is a matter of obedience. God commands it over and over again throughout both Old and New Testaments. So we must obey! 2. Gratitude draws us close to God. He dwells within a house of praise! And offering praises and thanksgiving to Him carries us into that place where God's Spirit dwells. 3. Gratitude is a sure path to peace. No matter what circumstances you find yourself in, prayer alone is vital and good. But prayer without thanksgiving will not leave [...Read More]

Choosing Gratitude: Chapter 3

Welcome to Week 4 of the Choosing Gratitude study! If you’re not sure what this is all about, we’re studying through Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. See the Introduction for more details. No Thanks "Ingratitude is not always a calloused, who-cares shrugging of the shoulders. Sometimes it's just fourth or fifth on a list we never get around to following through on." We don't usually purposely choose to be ungrateful. Rather, it sneaks up on us as we forget to make gratitude a priority, and gradually becomes a habit as we passively let it happen. Even worse, this passive habit of ingratitude leads to a whole laundry list of sins. Romans 1, a chapter that lists all kinds of [...Read More]

Choosing Gratitude: Chapter 2

Welcome to Week 3 of the Choosing Gratitude study! If you're not sure what this is all about, we're studying through Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. See the Introduction for more details.  Guilt, Grace, and Gratitude There is so much good truth packed into this chapter! Of course, it starts off with the three things named in the title -- guilt, grace, and gratitude. These three things are at the very heart of the gospel: We are born with inescapable guilt, as a result of our innate sin nature. But over that guilt, God pours undeserved grace and provides a way of redemption from sin's curse. As a result, we should respond with unbridled gratitude to God for all [...Read More]

Choosing Gratitude: Chapter 1

Welcome to Week 2 of the Choosing Gratitude study! If you're not sure what this is all about, we're studying through Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. See last week's Introduction for more details. The Power of Gratitude Gratitude is not an option. It's not simply saying thank you. It's not writing thank-you notes or verbally appreciating what people do for you. It's so much more than that -- There's a world of difference between being able to say 'thank you' -- and actually having a thankful heart. {tweet this} Gratitude is not an option! It is a critical part of the Christian life. It enables faithfulness, Christlike love, joyfulness, and every other virtue that we are to "put [...Read More]

Choosing Gratitude: Introduction

Welcome to the first week of our Choosing Gratitude study! I'm excited to dive into this book with you all. I can't wait to see how the Holy Spirit nudges each of us to become more joyful, grateful Christians! So how is this going to work? First of all, if you haven't yet grabbed a copy of Choosing Gratitude, this would be a great time to go find it on Amazon (or at a friend's house). If you absolutely can't afford it -- or can't find a copy to borrow it -- feel free to join in anyway. I'll try to present the principles from each chapter in a way that everyone can follow along, with or without a book. Each week, on Thursday or Friday, we'll look at a single chapter from the [...Read More]

‘Choosing Gratitude’ as a Community

A few months ago, I started reading Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. It's thought-provoking, easy-to-read, encouraging and convicting all at the same time. I've been working through it rather slowly, giving myself plenty of time to digest each individual chapter before moving on to the next... and sometimes unintentionally forgetting about it for weeks on end. But I would really like to finish it sometime this year! And so, when I was reading it this past weekend, I thought... why not study it together as a DFD community? Reading a book as a community is a great way to stay on track, share feedback, and help each other apply what's written on the pages. With this book in [...Read More]

Directing Your Gratitude

It's been a while since I wrote about gratitude, but I've still been thinking about it. There's been a lot going on, not just with my book, but also family stuff and unexpected news and decisions that need to be made. Some good, some not so good. But through it all, there's been plenty to be grateful for.  And the one thought that keeps coming to mind, regarding gratitude, is this: WHOM are you grateful TO? Gratitude is not specific to Christians. Anyone in the world can be thankful for life, for good things, even for blessings in hard things. Just like anyone in the world can be honest, or kind, or gentle. But what makes it distinctly Christian is not just being grateful, but being [...Read More]

Gratitude: One Unique Thing

We like to write gratitude lists, don't we? It helps us focus more actively on positive things, on blessings and smiles, rather than negatives. It helps us remember what we have, even when we're going through a season of have-not. But if you're like me, you tend to repeat the same things. Coffee makes my list at least once a week. So does my husband. So does time with God. And I'm always mentioning books, sunshine, fresh air, good food... Those are all wonderful blessings, and they certainly ought to be on our lists. We need to be thankful for everyday things -- but we need to show gratitude for unique things, too! Get creative! Think outside your usual boxes. Consider things that [...Read More]

Gratitude: a Brand New Washing Machine

You may have seen my Facebook posts over the last two weeks about shopping for a washing machine... here's how God helped me practice gratitude, even while I was staring at a mountain of dirty clothes: I was doing an extra large load of laundry that Saturday morning. And apparently it was a little too full, because something slipped over the side of the tub, and ended up clogging the drain hose. The washer went through all the cycles... but it didn't spin. And even worse, it didn't drain. Hubby was out at drill that day, and I was stuck with a washer full of  flannel shirts (and other things) that were soaking in dirty water. I had to take it all out and wash it piece by piece in [...Read More]