This Week’s Memory Verse:
He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.”–Psalm 50:23
This Week’s Spiritual Discipline:
The Opposite of Gratitude
We’ve been practicing gratitude along the journey, listing reasons to give thanks. This week’s discipline can give us insight on the condition of our hearts.
Be mindful each day of your conversations with others. Take note of your complaining.
You can take this a bit farther by examining your thought life too. Do you find yourself complaining about the tasks ahead? The traffic or long lines where you find yourself waiting? What about grocery shopping… do you sigh long at the thought of gathering and purchasing needed items?
What is God showing you about yourself when it comes to complaining?
Read Matthew 11: 25 and John 11:40-42
These are prayers Jesus prayed. Both have something in common. What is it?
It seems simple really. If Jesus, the One we follow, gave thanks then we should too.
Read Psalm 136: 1-3
Giving thanks is not something we do when we feel like it… or because our life is great.
We give thanks because His Word tells us to, because Jesus set the example. Thanksgiving is not a marked day on our calendars, it’s a part of our daily prayers.
Do you find it easy to give thanks? Why?