Monday, April 11, 2016

Positioning Our Hearts For Gratitude

This week the Lord put it on our heart to write about gratitude. 

Gratitude allows us to see God’s goodness despite what we think, feel, or experience at the moment.

When I pause to give thanks, the tentacles of bitterness, jealousy, or self-pity lose their grip on my heart and fall away.

Gratitude protects my heart relationships—with the Lord and with others.

Anytime I feel like God’s holding out on me—that He doesn’t really love me, and He’s not really for me—I have learned that practicing gratitude forces those false feelings to flee in the presence of the light of His goodness, of who He is and all that He has done.

Truth wins when we position ourselves to be grateful.

The same applies to your marriage.

When you start to feel like your spouse is holding out on you, doesn’t really love you, or isn’t really for you—begin to give thanks instead for whom he or she is, for all that your spouse has done before.

If you can’t think of anything to give thanks for, if your spouse is not walking with the Lord, then begin to ask God to posture your heart to receive a spirit of gratitude for your spouse. Ask the Lord to show you how HE SEES your spouse.

Regardless of how you feel, the Lord has great things to say about the son or daughter He created.

Even if your spouse seems undeserving of your gratitude, begin to prophesy—to speak truth—to whom he or she will become, whom he or she was created to be.

One final thought: Be careful with whom you associate. If your girls’ night out is a weekly husband-bashing party, if your conversations with co-workers are joke sessions about your “dumb wives,” be cautious.

What you listen to and associate yourself with will affect your heart condition: how you view your spouse and whether you speak gratitude.

Surround yourself with people who are proud of their marriage and who speak positively about their spouse—it will make a difference.

Dear ones, God is for your marriage. Even if it seems hopeless now, He doesn’t feel that way.

Position your heart to be grateful and see how powerfully your marriage is affected! 

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