August 19, 2017

Choosing Gratitude: Chapter 9

Welcome to 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. 5 Ways to Go "Gratitudinal" So gratitude takes work -- especially the distinctly "Christian" sort of gratitude, which offers specific praise to God even during times of great difficulty. It's a choice to reject whining, griping, and complaining. It's a choice to sacrifice self-pity and sorrow. It's a sacrifice of praise that comes out of the innermost parts of our hearts. So how do we make gratitude a regular lifestyle? How do we become "gratitudinal" people? Nancy offers 5 very practical [...Read More]


Choosing Gratitude: Chapter 8

Welcome to 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. Choose Gratitude -- But Not Without Sacrifice Gratitude is more than just a pleasing sentiment. It's more than smiley faces and greeting cards. It takes hard work, and it costs something real. It involves sacrifice. "Out in the byways of real life, a grateful heart must often strap on sword and shield, summon up its deepest courage, and brace itself for battle." Consider Job. Think of all he lost -- his family, his servants, his livestock, his wealth, his health, even his friends. But is there any [...Read More]


Choosing Gratitude: Chapter 7

Welcome to 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. Thanks... for Everything! I think it's just perfect that we're hitting this chapter right now... in November, in the middle of thanksgiving season, when thankfulness lists and gratitude posts abound. We are so blessed! We have so many things (and people!) to be thankful for. And not just generically thankful, but thankful to God Himself. God didn't just create us and leave us to get through life on our own -- He is with us every single day, caring for us and sustaining us through every [...Read More]


Choosing Gratitude: Chapter 6

Welcome to 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. How Can I Say Thanks? We're finally getting to the heart of having a gratitude attitude -- how can we make it happen? Here are some practical steps we can take to make it an actual lifestyle. 1. Speak Up Tell people when you're thankful for them, or for something they've done! If you don't voice it, they don't know. For example, thank your pastor when he preaches an exceptionally encouraging or convicting message -- he won't know it was effective, if you don't say anything. Or thank that neighbor [...Read More]


Thoughts on Choosing Gratitude (from Sandy)

It's my joy to share a post from Sandy Cox, a woman who has greatly encouraged me with her reflections throughout the Choosing Gratitude study. Sandy lives in New Mexico with her husband of 20 years, two dogs, and two cats. She has been a Christian for seven years and knows that she has just begun her life with Christ and has much to learn from Him. In reading through the first five chapters of “Choosing Gratitude” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, I have learned about what gratefulness is and what it is not. I have been convicted about what it is not, as that spirit of ungratefulness is what I have been experiencing in my heart lately. One quote of Nancy’s that really hit home for me was, [...Read More]


Choosing Gratitude: Chapter 5

Welcome to 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. Of Whiners and Worshipers Nancy points out six key differences between grateful people and ungrateful people -- the key being that you can't be both at the same time, and it is your decision which one you choose. This chapter was packed with quotables, and I'm going to pretty much let them speak for themselves: 1. A grateful person is a humble person, while ingratitude reveals a proud heart. Pride is the seed from which all other sins grow -- the first root of those being ingratitude. "Gratitude is a [...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]