WHEN WE GET THERE…

We all dance for somebody. The performance begins step by step, hoping that someone will notice all our hard-work, and make it all worth it, I mean a treasure that can never be measured.

We will know when we get there, are the words she utters to affirm my words. In fact, to “affirm” something is to confirm its truth and to strengthen it. As a writer,  I have a lot of pages which are just a paragraph of nice writing. You are the one I want to grace all of the pages I have yet to write. Taking it day by day means to make progress in a slow and careful way by dealing with each day as it comes. Every day you have the opportunity to give your spouse “the blessing.” The blessing is what we all long for – acceptance and affirmation.

An attitude of gratitude creates blessings. —Sir John Templeton

We want things to go better between us because we profoundly care about one another, despite everything( neither of us is perfect). True love is not a cliche, she stole my heart.

Faith + Love = Compassion. We need to seek to be perfected in Love so that our faith can be expressed. ~ Pastor Mark Mutinda(LCI) ~

Time has passed, and I’ve not lost my hope. “On my knees”, is all I can recall and through the bended knees, the matchmaker aligned everything with His divine plan. The catch to this matchmaking is free will. God already has the right life and relationship in mind for you. There’s nothing wrong with being specific; the Bible does say,For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you(Mark 11:24) and “Ask, and ye shall receive” (John 16:24).

I was smitten by her elegance! Just exquisite! I loved her eyes, and I adored her smile. Something more magnificent , to date I still do. In a blink of an eye, it was magical, she’s changed my life. She’s dipped in chocolate, bronzed in elegance, enameled with grace, toasted with beauty and a Lover of God.

God will provide a way for you to meet someone else who is the right match for the person you are—someone who will bring you joy, happiness, and peace. As long as you have faith, God will ensure that you will find true happiness with someone who brings out the best in you.

Stay hopeful. You’ll never know what tomorrow may bring.

My Goal is to be filthy rich in adventure with you, in good health even as our souls prosper(3 John 1:2), in knowledge to a point that wisdom gets detected, in laughter, family and in love with you forever.

When we get there…is a contingency plan. Have faith, allow God to be the Matchmaker.

Seek the Lord while He may be found. 

#AskGodsann

KEEP THE FAITH

What internal conversations do you have? What do you speak to yourself when no one is watching? Is it how important you are, a failed business or a personal situation, tough times happen to every one of us. You might have just been told to “stay positive” and “keep the faith” can feel almost impossible. No matter how strong we always feel vulnerable and lost because of the unforeseen changes.

What does the bible say about the tongue, or what your mind think….did you know that your words do even more? The Bible explains that your speech is actually a window into the inner person, revealing who you really are. Jesus said in Matthew 12:34 “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

Philippians 4:8 – Fill your heart with good things. The Bible describes such good things by saying: “Whatever things are true, whatever things are of serious concern, whatever things are righteous, whatever things are chaste, whatever things are lovable, whatever things are well spoken of, whatever virtue there is and whatever praiseworthy thing there is, continue considering these things.”​

And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. The condition of your mind determines the condition of your heart. And out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Be your number ONE cheerleader and know you are a child of the Most High God.

I AM BLESSED

This is the day that the Lord has made that I should rejoice and be glad in it. #PrayerAndFasting

I’m blessed with amazing family and friends.

I’m born a winner more than victorious, from Glory to Glory God is taking me. Nothing that I’ve gone through has changed my identity (even my DNA), I’m still a child of the most high God (and so are you). “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. … Instead, they set it on a lampstand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.”

Ask me how I’m doing, I’m blessed, yes… Living every moment, no regrets – “Nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.” I am favored and Graced. My life is not ordinary, because goodness and mercy follow me, I have a goodly heritage, I belong to God, and I have the Holy Ghost inside of me.

What is one thing you will do if nobody will stop you?

A close friend shared with us today from the book of Psalms 25:5 – “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” This kept me thinking, wow, ‘a little child who has just begun walking, still is led onward by its parent’s by a helping hand, and to be further instructed in the alphabet of truth. Lead me according to thy truth, and prove thyself faithful; lead me into the truth that I may know its preciousness, lead me by the way of truth that I may manifest its spirit. He continued by saying, ‘we shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.’

Though it be a long day, dark or stormy day, though we be kept waiting a great while, quite beyond our own reckoning; though when we have waited long, we are still put to wait longer. Thus David explains himself Psalms 62:5, “My soul, wait thou only upon God,” and continue still to do so, for “my expectation is from him.” …

From the school of Grace, today I have learned that the Lord will SHOW, TEACH & LEAD us into the right paths. To wait on God is to live a life of delight in God, as the lover waits on his beloved. Desire is love in motion, like an eagle upon the wing; delight is love at rest, like a bird on the nest; now, through our desire must still be so towards God. Patience is the fair handmaid, and daughter of faith; we cheerfully wait when we are certain that we shall not wait in vain.

Psalms 4:1 reminds me, “Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.” You do not need tonnes of faith to move a mountain! With a faith equal to a mustard seed, you can move an obstacle.  Proverbs 19 offer us some insight into what God says is His blessings: Integrity, wisdom, Self-control and sincere relationships

Health, wealth, ease—those things never make it on one of God’s lists of things the believer should

May God help us ALL to be truthful in our relationships, even with our family and friends as well as marriage life. #TRUTH

Thank you Jean M, Maggie and Rachel (School of Grace).

Prayer: 3 John 1:2 – Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually].

So blessed

 

I ALREADY WON

Luke 22:42 – “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” 

Second Timothy 1:14: “Guard the truth which has been entrusted to you.” 

Brigette Hyacinth(Keynote Speaker) once said, “People don’t leave bad jobs, they leave bad bosses.”

Most people work under bosses and not leaders. Did you note the difference? Working under a bad boss can make a good job even in the best company, unfruitful and your life miserable. Don’t be a micromanager, be a leader with a vision.

It can always be tough to look in the mirror, maybe you could be more efficient, more determined, meet deadlines better, work smart, and at the same time you must be doing the best you can but take an honest look on the mirror, and who do you see on the other end? Take note of how your boss works and try to meet him or her on the side of the fence when it comes to communication and work lifestyle; that’s emotional intelligence. 

As you’re reading this, I’ve been fortunate to have some amazing managers during my 6+ years in my career. Only once I had a difficult manager, where you end up spending so much energy thinking how frustrated they made you be and wasting time on things I couldn’t control. I have had conversations with friends and people I’ve met in Matatu’s, had discussions and conversations with young people only to find out that most of them we’ve either sailed on the same bought or been in the same shoe since I could clearly understand the pains and sufferings that they’ve had to carry through their careers.

I write to you, dear children because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

However, with the Baptism of Christ Suffering, I’ve been able to meditate upon it and one thing that came clear to me was the cup of suffering. Paul well said we are “heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together. I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Rom. 8:17,18) Jesus’ sufferings and His alone affect our redemption. But if we share in the fellowship of His suffering, we can anticipate sharing also in His reward. (Philip. 3:10-16) The resurrection and eternal life are not a reward, they are the gift of God.

I sat in class on the 11th of February for several sessions on consecutive Mondays, and the speaker was teaching us on the Spiritual Disciplines.  From this Discipleship class and from the above context of a boss, leader, and work; I realized that I must understand the spiritual disciplines because it’s a race of Faith. You run a race by following rules and lanes. In the 800-meter race, they start from staggered positions and can break inside after the first bend while in longer races of  10000 meters, athletes can break inside after the start. That tells you that as a Christian you need Patience, Endurance and Commitment in every race. Every Fight and every race have rules and regulations by which they’re done. 

Hebrews 6:4-6 and the questioned popped up while in class, can one lose their salvation?

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. Athletes may leave the track voluntarily before the race ends, but they cannot come back to the track else they will be disqualified. Don’t get Disqualified. 

Anyone who thinks that the Christian life is without hardship and difficulty is sadly deluded. Jesus told people that before they start following Him, they better ‘count the cost’ because – as He said in Luke 9:23, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” 

Conclusion

The whole context is a slice of real life, you might be in hardships or difficulties at the place of work note that  ‘He is Alive’ because He lives you live. He said it’s finished, my story is written…I have come with testimonies, the lord is my Shephard I shall never want. Let your life be a dedication of a Soldier, discipline of an athlete and diligence of a farmer.

2nd Timothy 2:4-7 (Soldier’s, Athletes and Farmers).

First, we see in our passage as at 2nd Timothy 2:4; War is not a picnic, so a soldier has to suffer just like our KDF Soldiers in peacekeeping missions and if war breaks out, it is going to mean he is faced with ugly, arduous, uncomfortable living.  Been a soldier requires a degree in single-mindedness and thus soldiers have only one objective: “A soldier does not get entangled with civilian pursuits, but his aim is to satisfy the one who enlisted him.”

Secondly, 2nd Timothy 2:6-7 Like a farmer, we might have to rise up early and work hard, we do so in expectation of a harvest. “It is the hardworking farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.”

Lastly, 1 Corinthians 9:25-26, Sprinters should run in designated lanes and cannot cross lanes, throughout the race. Now every athlete who [goes into training and] competes in the games is disciplined and exercises self-control in all things. They do it to win a [a]crown that withers, but we [do it to receive] an imperishable [crown that cannot wither].  Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air”

Think over what I say, for the Lord will grant you understanding in everything. (2 Timothy 2:7). May we be matured in our walk with the Lord.

I overcame, now I testify.

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Writer: Jeremy Godsann

 

PATIENCE – “CONSIDER IT ALL JOY”

The Greek word for, Patience is Makrothumia

So what is Patience? Do you for some fact think that Patience is the Companion of wisdom? Patience is the ability to endure tribulations or rather trials. Waiting patiently builds immense power. 

From the Biblical context, Paul talks about Patience which is one of the fruits of the Spirit. The Bible says in the book of James 1:1-4, James has instructed Christians to “account” for hardships as ALL JOY, because such moments grow our faith. Even when we’ve lost our jobs and we’re heartbroken over what has happened, we can trust God to use it to make us stronger. I know you’re asking why would God want us to be Joyful even in terrible moments, the reason is so that our character can be developed through tribulations and that perfection—complete maturity—is found only in perfect faith in God. 

Today, from my Discipleship Class at Life Church International, the teacher said that Patience is not waiting for a long time, but waiting while believing. The class was on another level and I realized on the Doctrine of Baptism no matter how much faith you have it does not exclude you from suffering i.e. Determining the time frame of my season of suffering, “Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning” ‘A little while’.

The teacher emphasized on the deep connection between spiritual growth and daily life. This reminds me of when I lost my job. It was abusive. I never got recognition for my work, especially when I was away from Nairobi. I thought I was stupid. My boss was always on my case (especially in terms of budgeting), I didn’t even realize I was in an unhealthy environment. I thought it was normal. I had to resign, change is almost always scary, but always good. Every successful person has a painful story. I adopted a radical attitude for the trial by counting it all joy and submitted to God, knowing that He is using it for my Maturity. Underneath the grief and tears, there should be the serene confidence that God is in control. He will cause “all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Testing is like the refining of metal: it produces a better product through the process. We should submit to the refining process in trials: “Let endurance have its perfect result” (James 1:4).
Currently, in Kenya, it’s the rainy season and you bought a jacket which you claim to be waterproof. If you wore it during the summer season, that means the jacket wasn’t put to test. Testing comes in during the downpour, and does it still keep you dry? If it does, ‘That’s a good Jacket!’  That means attitude results from a deliberate choice, and the choice is will I still trust God and His Promises? For faith to be pure it must be demonstrated as Patience (Patience MUST be worked on since it’s not a gift). Trust me when I say that God will never disappoint you, but will never come the way you want. You just have to deal with the cup by letting His will be done, Pray and experience the Angelic Ministry which is the spirit of Angels. 

1 Corinthians 3:10-13
10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.

  • From the reading, God allows tribulation so that we can know what material we will use either gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw. Paul likens good work to gold, silver, and precious stones, and shabby work to wood, hay, and straw.
  • Every painful story has a successful ending. Accept the pain and get ready for success. 

Conclusion

In Romans 8, Paul will say “the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing to the glory about to be revealed to us” (v. 18). In Romans 5, Paul says that we rejoice not only in the glory of God but also in our sufferings. We boast in our hope of sharing God’s glory- “boast” also means “rejoice”. Romans 5:1-5 concludes our today’s article with “let us have peace.”We have peace with God (verse 1). This peace, as well as access to grace, has come through Jesus Christ (verse 2). Moreover, God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (verse 5). The Son gives us access to God’s glory and the Spirit pours out God’s love for us.

1 Peter 1:7- Peter compares and contrasts our faith with the classic standard for value: gold. Like gold, our faith is refined and purified by the heat of our trials. Unlike earthly gold, our faith will continue to be of great worth even in eternity. 

 

Parting Shot – ‘Faith Under Pressure’

James 1:2-4 -Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

 

James

 

Author: Jeremy Godsann

Month/Year: April 2019

Remain The Wall You Were!

This is a very nice piece. I like it…congrats Irene

Pen It Down

Do you remember?
The great wall you were,
When no weapon or spy
Could get through,
When all that tried
To come close was repelled,
Repelled in such a manner,
That it could never come back.
That time you felt,
Not on top of the world
But the defender,
Defender of your world.
That time your feet stepped
Carefully and slowly.

When did the wall crack?
Now that you stepped too hard
And made cracks on the wall.
Step by step the cracks widen,
Wide enough to let the wind
Blow across your territory.
Clouds on your sky
Rain falling and flowing
Moisturizing the great wall
Bringing it down quick.

All the bad you defended
Finds a smooth way in,
Leaving you helpless

Your enemies merry when they get the news,
That the great wall you were,
Is the weak pillar
You are left.
The wall you were
Is the…

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The Journey (Part two).

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Hello world! 

Great health, wealth, and happiness don’t happen “hivo tu” (by itself). If you want good things to happen, you must take massive action. Just Burn Bridges!!

Today, I won’t talk much about the dumbbell pullover; however, I’ll work on that a little bit later so that I can be like some of the best bodybuilders of all time, from Dorian Yates to Frank Zane to Dharshie Freddie. Not that I haven’t done the  incline flye of the dumbbell or the pullover; they are an amazing stretch of the pecs. Pressing a weight (bending and extending at the elbows) is so good. I like it when the gym instructor says,“Drop and give me 10!” Push-up is a great exercise because it requires one piece of equipment — “you”.

Hahahaa…I know it’s been almost five months since I spoke about my journey (Exercises, eating healthy plus drink a lot of water is what has brought me this far)…if gym doesn’t work for you like it does for me try a different strategy. So, I visited the clinic yesterday..was I sick? No. I went for Blood Donation as well as the Exercise Tolerance Testing(ETT as Docs call it) which I started doing after every six months rather than annually – routine test is healthy. We started of the with the PCP(primary care provider), Question here, Answers there and vice versa before any tests were performed (ensure that you are maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine). The PCP used a stethoscope — the listening device doctors typically keep around their necks – and listened to various parts of my body and also ended checking up my height, weight, hb(hemoglobin test),bp(blood pressure test) and pulse…sema improvement…( I have lost 28.7 pounds within a few months).

A little bit of what I learnt from Kenya Redcross many years ago is; to measure your heart rate, simply check your pulse. Place your index and third fingers on your neck to the side of your windpipe. To check your pulse at your wrist, place two fingers between the bone and the tendon over your radial artery — which is located on the thumb side of your wrist. When you feel your pulse, count the number of beats in 15 seconds. Multiply this number by 4 to calculate your beats a minute…it’s that simple 

3 John 1:2 “My dear friend, I pray that everything may go well with you and that you may be in good health—as I know you are well in spirit.”. You can walk anywhere, anytime.. hit the streets of Nairobi, Nanyuki etc(walking is a winner, or run or dance, or squats); you can do some treadmill as well. Be steady,make it a continuous assessment  since it will boosts your fitness levels & burn more calories.  Crunches, Push ups, the military press have really worked out for me..the journey has been amazing.

My daily prayer has been,”Help me Lord to wake each morning with the eyes of my heart looking to Jesus and the thoughts of my mind to be focused on You. Enable me to approach the day with an eagerness to loose more kcal and to do those things that are pleasing to You; a willingness to tackle the difficulties that may cross my path and wisdom to speak the truth in love.” 1 Timothy 4:8, reminds me that For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

Exercise becomes an experience, a practice field, that can be transposed into weightier matters. I want to challenge you too, who is reading this and have been wondering if you can or you can’t; not knowing where to begin is often the thought that crosses our minds. Yet there is true  power(in our thoughts). The thoughts can either empower us or defeat us(before we even get started).

People have their largest defeats(mine has been to do exercises daily), I have goals(some goals) and life desires that I want to accomplish. What’s yours? Life is dynamic and requires you to adapt all the time.

Start Today!!

Regards, 

Godsann.

GYMM

February Vibes.

Faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love. This offers immediate and beautiful plan to make Every Day Matter and the feeling of security that long lasting love provides is important, too.

What is it about love? We simply cannot get enough of it. “I love you”, “Love you” and “I’m in love with you.” Is there a difference? Yes. ‘I love you’ and ‘Love you’ essentially means the same thing. However ‘I love you’ is usually reserved for your significant other and your parents, while ‘Love you’ is commonly used towards friends and siblings and pets. ‘Love you’ can also be said to your significant other or your parents however it is usually in moments where the atmosphere is light.

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It is important to utilize your time. Every day I wake up and decide what I need to get done that day…{currently thinking about the month of February}. What does February have to do with my present or my future,”I know you’re asking yourself the same question. Ideally is it the month of Love or the month of loved one’s?(Valentine’s day instills romance amenable to the heart’s call enticing love to take a chance. When two hearts link by circumstance they don’t defer to protocol. Valentine’s day instills romance enticing love to take a chance). Anyway, I care more about what is going to progress my future and make the most of my present. Just taking it all in, one day at a time. You’ll feel much more accomplished. Just focus on the day at hand, instead of overwhelming yourself with what is yet to come. January was the best month because the excesses of December were behind us. Then, come to think of February there is nothing good about it, which is why it’s so great(Everybody knows January is only a test month, the real hard work and grit takes place in February…right?)

February is for ­curmudgeons, whinge-bags and misanthropes. You can’t begrudge us one month of the year, or blame us for being even crabbier, it’s so short- Lionel Shriver.

Each February brings that special chance,one day a year to say the words of love. This second month of the year also brings our focus to the heart, this vital organ which beats an average of ‘100k’ times each day. But our emotional heart is complicated: it has both dark and light places. On the dark side of the heart are emotions such as jealously, envy, rage and revenge. On the light side of the heart are love, forgiveness, compassion and transformation.

Happiness is a choice. Decide today that you will no longer give your energy to negative habits, thought patterns, and limiting beliefs that don’t help you evolve. Do what you love. Be around happy people that motivate you and count your blessings every moment. Developing the “Self” (which I think is the sacred part of us) is key to our personal happiness when we desire a compassionate and loving relationship with our God, ourselves and others as well.

The month of February focuses our attention on love. Cards are bought, chocolates are given, kisses abound and designer bags from Godsann collection are bought as well.

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Faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love.

Regards,

Godsann.

JaNuarY

JAN

 

January has been so long that even the memes have dried up.

 

 

 

Jan 31 –  “Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with the dream.” -Josephine Nuese

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert ; Isaiah 43:19.

Over the past few years, every time I experience excitement or thankfulness I want to recreate in my future, I focus on it and think “Remember this feeling, remember this moment..” Its like “that awkward moment”….That awkward moment when you pick up the remote control to answer the phone…lol or that moment of the month where, “that awkward moment when you run into the person you had cancelled plans with.” Call me the ‘Artist’ because I draw Attention. #AskGodsann

“What some of you have found out about January, is that the thankfulness only lasted about a few days before it started to feel like a chore ;{probably 90 days in January- sounds like a Kenyan Proverb already….We are now entering the 3rd month of January}”. This sounds like people who go to the gym throughout January, then quit in February because a.) it is exhausting and b.) they do not see results right away. For some, discipline is a lesson. For others, it is a lifetime.” To me that means that sometimes there are things that we learn instantly and avoid mistakes of that nature in the future, but other mistakes happen repeatedly, and we need our whole lives to stay attentive to our actions.

God Will give you more than you can handle in the month of February as well as the remaining months— but it’s for your good. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13). Today, you can take the first step on the journey.Because when you stand on the truth of God’s Word and in the power of His Spirit, you WILL accomplish everything He has for you… and experience His blessing.

I wasn’t anxious in January and neither was I worried about anything. Lord you are the Light of the World. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14

Got an extra minute? …“And He said, ‘My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.’” (Exodus 33:14). If you’re like me, extra time isn’t something you have an abundance of. The good news is that God will meet you in far more places than your prayer closet. Why were you having an “Anxiety Antidote” in January?  Worry disconnects you from the truth and makes you forget about God’s provision. Even if we know logically that God can provide for us, worry causes us to doubt that He will. God will never leave us….just have to stay connected to the Source.

“Every man falls down
Everyone needs grace
Your love is enough now
By Your name we’re saved
Looked beyond our wrong
Saw just what we need
We are alive now
By Your name we’re free
You got up so I could get up again
Now I’m up again with You “-  
Travis Greene

Don’t let people discourage you in the month of February from embracing what God already told you to do.

It’s a day to February, January has been so long ,Babies born on new years eve are probably starting nursery tomorrow…😂🤣😂!!

 

JG

 

 

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Gratitude and Gratefulness.

Gratitude doesn’t come naturally, but when we practice gratitude, we do gain something in return: a better perspective.

If you’ve ever tried to feed a two-year-old, you know babies aren’t born with gratitude. They scream when you try to feed them and when they finally do eat, there’s no appreciation.

What is Gratitude? Thankfulness, thanksgiving, or gratefulness. A feeling that spontaneously emerges from within. However, it is not simply an emotional response; it is also a choice we make. Gratitude is essentially the recognition of the unearned increments of value in one’s experience.

Gratitude for the gift of life is the primary wellspring of all religions, the hallmark of the mystic, the source of all true art. ~ Joanna Macy

1st Thes 5:16-18 says, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Did you catch that? Give thanks in all circumstances. Thankfulness should be a way of life for us, naturally flowing from our hearts and mouths.

Digging into the Scriptures a little more deeply, we understand why we should be thankful and also how to have gratitude in different circumstances.

Psalm 136:1 says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” Here we have two reasons to be thankful: God’s constant goodness and His steadfast love. When we recognize the nature of our depravity and understand that, apart from God, there is only death (John 10:10Romans 7:5), our natural response is to be grateful for the life He gives. 

What is Gratefulness? Gratefulness definition, warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful: I am grateful to you for your help.

Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more. ~ Br. David Steindl-Rast

We cannot be grateful for all that a given moment brings us; yet, in any given moment, we can be grateful for something. The gift within the gift of any given moment is opportunity. ~ Br. David Steindl-Rast

“Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me…” (Psalm 23:4)
 
In the middle of hard times, we learn how to be thankful even thoughthings aren’t going the way we hoped. Even though you’re lonely, even though your marriage is struggling, even though the doctor’s report is bad — God is still good. We can learn to be thankful even though life feels like it’s falling apart around us.

“But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because ofthis I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice…” (Philippians 1:18)

While in prison, Paul thanks God. His heart is full of gratitude while he’s in chains. His gratitude was at the highest level: He was grateful for his circumstances because of the way God was working through his struggle.

When God blesses or comforts or provides for us, we’re thankful for the things He has done. You got a promotion? Your relationship is doing well? Your family is healthy? Gratitude isn’t hard to practice when we train ourselves to be thankful for the countless ways He blesses us.

As you delve into this life-transforming text of Scripture may the Lord richly bless your life with an ever-growing attitude of gratitude. Feeling and expressing appreciation is good for us. We can have thankful hearts toward God even when we do not feel thankful for the circumstance. We can grieve and still be thankful. We can hurt and still be thankful. We can be angry at sin and still be thankful toward God. 

Regards, 

Jeremy Godsann.