Reformed Grits

My attitude of gratitude
April 15, 2008, 10:22 am
Filed under: Faith

I’ve noticed with myself and my children as well, when we pray we have those "rote" things we say such as, "Thank you for this day and everything You have given us", "Help us to have a good day", "Keep us safe", etc.  I’ve been really aware lately that our "thank you" isn’t very heart-felt and when we do ask for "a good day" and "safety" we never say thank you. 
What am I teaching my kids about prayer, and what am I failing to learn about God from this misuse of a powerful and wonderful gift?   I want to determine that when I pray aloud with them that I will model an "attitude of TRUE gratitude."  That I won’t barf out the rote prayers and saying that we start each prayer with, but that every time we begin our conversation with the Lord we will begin by thanking Him for the blessings He has given us– not just "Thank you for this day and everything You have given us." 
My hope is that we will all be more thankful and as a result more content– spending less time praying that God will "do this" and "give us that." 
Today I’m feeling especially thankful for the help He has sent in the form of my friend, Disty and the hard work she does.  Normally this time of year, I’m already locked in my room from dawn til dusk not only pounding away at the keyboard but second guessing myself and stressing out and doing all sorts of stuff like that.  This year, she’s doing all that for me.  But with out all the second guessing and stressing out.  She’s good that way, and I wish I had that kind of confidence.  She does a great job, (yes, I’ve told her as much) and I so appreciate her.  Which also means I appreciate the WONDERFUL board we have at the school and the support they give me.  They are the best.  They have a thankless job that they work tirelessly at, and they are gravely unappreciated.  I pray God will heap blessings upon them for their work. 
I’m thankful for clean, caught-up laundry, a clean kitchen, a little boy with a slight fever who is home again and likes to tell me how wonderful I am.  A hot shower.  A family who loves me even though I was grouchy with them last night.  A sweet husband who puts up with me and even seems to like me.  Hot tea– Scottish Blend of all things.  (Thanks, Connie.)  Salvation and eternal security, for heaven’s sake.   Good friends who leave comments.   
What are you thankful for?


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Weeellll, let’s see.
In random order:
*Thankful for my home and all it’s conveniences that I take for granted every single day….washer/dryer, dishwasher, running water, electricity, ect. We are a spoiled lot, aren’t we?
*No kissing up or anything, but I am thankful for a pastor who OBVIOUSLY listens to the Holy Spirit and teaches in such powerful, truth-filled way. I can only imagine how much the enemy wants to knock him out, so now that I think of it…I really should pray for him and his beautiful wife more…
*Oh-so-thankful for grace. Seriously. Just overwhelmed with thanks right at this moment.
*Thankful for a husband who cherishes me way more than he ever should.
*My kids. Even though I could choke them several times a day, I love them with the fierceness of a lion.
*And lastly, I am blessed with many friends. God is so sweet to bless me the way he has in this department.
My cup runneth over…

Comment by Gayle

Great post…and it’s not even near Thanksgiving (Joke!) 😉

I was just reminding Huddy to not just give the Lord a list of what you want but thank Him for what He has already given you!

It’s so easy to forget to say thanks….

Comment by caroline

Well…I must say that it’s a lot of fun for me. It has been nothing but a joy. And hey, I get a paycheck too! Not a bad arrangement I would say. I’m glad to help you out and be able to be at the school while my kids are there.

I’m thankful for:
**my family’s health
**our home
**vehicles that run
**food on our table

Really, I could go on and on but I’m most thankful for my children’s sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and their realization that they need a Savior. They each asked Christ to save them at four years old. Now I just pray they will never stray from Him.

Comment by disty

What a great post!
I’m thankful for all you bloggers out there that give me things to ponder.
My sweet husband
our precious gifts–our kids
our health
our school
Our church family
Wow–I could go on and on and on! I am truly BLESSED!

Comment by kent

I have a list of 1000 if you’re interested. 🙂
My thankful list at this moment (in no particular order)…
Beautiful spring flowers
Happy children
My generous and forgiving husband
A clean house
Our church and new pastor
Helathy pregnancy (and only 16 weeks left)
Dear friends
Kids’ music
This year’s Bible reading plan
Thanks! That was fun.

Comment by Meg

I have a list of 1000 if you’re interested. 🙂
My thankful list at this moment (in no particular order)…
Beautiful spring flowers
Happy children
My generous and forgiving husband
A clean house
Our church and new pastor
Helathy pregnancy (and only 16 weeks left)
Dear friends
Kids’ music
This year’s Bible reading plan
Thanks! That was fun.

Comment by Meg

After yesterday, I’m thankful it’s not Monday! I am soooo thankful for the Word of God…without it “I would have perished in my affliction!” Thank you Lord for:
*leading my family to Evangel (school and church)
*Christian friends (I prayed for TRUE friends for a LONG time and boy-has God abundantly answered that prayer!)
*My wonderful husband, precious daughter Abby, and our NEW BLESSING Alivia!
*feeling good;no more “morning sickness”
*our home and neighbors
*food on the table, in the refrigerator, in the pantry
*clean drinking water
*hot water for showers, good smelling shampoo and soap! (Have you seen Survivor???)
*My Christian parents and upbringing
*my sisters and their families
*my mother’s cooking and hospitality
*a Christian education for my daughter (s)
*Scott’s job (Wow!)
*our health
*blankets when we are cold, and the air conditioner when we are hot
*for the blessed hope we have in Christ!
*for abundant life here and eternal life to come
“Count your blessings name them one by one,count your blessings see what God has done, count your blessings-name them one by one- count your many blessing see what God has done.” God is good-thanks for reminding me to be thankful! I love you!!!!

Comment by Wendy

Wow! ditto on most of everybodies list and I want to add Thank you for Brooke’s tummy bug. I’m just thankful that I’m not a mom that has had to face childhood cancer or some other type of terminal illness!

Comment by Andrea

Thank you so much for this blog. Just tonight when I was saying prayers with Bubbs he said to me, ” You always say the same prayer,” and I was thinking to myself I need to stop praying the same thing. This is another confirmation I need to take more time and pray what I want to say and not what I am used to saying, I am thankful for:

My incredible husband God has sent me. After a marriage that was not centered on God He sent me a Godly husband. He treats me like a princess even when I don’t deserve to be treated like one.

My 4 kids. I love my 3 sons and my baby girl. God knew I wanted a big family. Even though I wasn’t able to birth a big family myself He gave me more kids through a husband that had kids in a previous marriage.

My mom, sister and dad. God has brought us through so much.

My church family and the friends that has brought us.

My friends that continually challenge me to be a better woman of God, wife and mother.

The ability to stay at home with my kids.

The love and support that comes from being in my church.

Thank you for reminding us all the thngs to be thankful for. I am trying to not become so used to all our blessings.

Comment by Becca Mae

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