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Gratitude is the Quality of Being Thankful: Intertwining Your Faith with Everyday Life

I did a post this morning in my women’s group called gratitude. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. In all situations we should be grateful. I’m truly thankful that I woke up this morning. I had a rough start, and the day hasn’t been that great, but I’m alive and blessed.

This weekend I had a vendor event outside and it was very windy, so windy that it almost blew my tent away twice, even with 5 lb. weights on each leg. I called my husband and asked him what I could do, and he said to lower the tent to 4 ft. What a blessing that advice was because it alleviated the wind tunnel.

Little did I know, the windy weekend wouldn’t be good for me at all. By Sunday evening I had chills and couldn’t get warm, and I also had a headache on the left side of my face. I didn’t realize how much the wind could affect my sinuses. By the time I woke up in the morning, I was in tears. My head was throbbing (currently still is), and the room was spinning. My husband wasn’t home at the time, but when he came in, I asked him to pray for me as tears were running down my face. He asked me if I wanted to go to the emergency room. I said no. It’s just my sinuses acting up.

I put a pot of water on the stove and when it was boiling, I put a towel over my head and breathed in the steam. This helped for a while, but then the headache came back. I took some medicine but that didn’t help either. All I could do is pray and find a way to be grateful throughout this ordeal. I went online and did some research and discovered that “windy weather carries pollen, allergens, pollutants and other irritants that can infect or inflame the sinus cavities. When irritations and infections occur in the sinuses, headaches, clogged sinuses, and pain are almost certain to follow.” All I could say is Lord let this pass and let me be grateful even in a bad situation.

  • Be thankful in all circumstances.“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

  • Praise God always. "I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving." Psalm 69:30

  • This problem is only for a moment. “Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.“ Jeremiah 33:6

By doing these things…over time, I’ve been learning how to incorporate Christ into every area of my life.

Below are two books that God has inspired me to write. "The Flip Side" and "Blinded By Sight: The Heart Matters" both available now.

So… what’s this book about?

“The Flip Side” depicts the possible feelings and emotions of lesser-known Biblical characters as they navigated their lives in the shadows of the more popular characters in the Bible. While the Bible gives us snippets of their stories, we are usually left in the dark about their true motives, desires, and thoughts concerning the situations they are in. However, one certainty is that despite how little we know about these characters, they were often the catalysts to pivotal moments in the main characters’ lives.

So… what’s this book about?

Join me on a journey of self-discovery. “Blinded by Sight - The Heart Matters” is a compilation of short biblical devotions. These stories are not conclusive. They are depictions of how God is revealing my heart to me.

My prayer is, Lord, make it real for me, show me your heart, show me my heart, and give me the wisdom to change what hinders my relationship with you. I am learning that my perception is my biggest obstacle it affects my mind, what I think, and how I process my experiences. What I have experienced in my mind is expressed through my feelings and these experiences dictate my choices either consciously or subconsciously.

This devotional will allow you to explore and evaluate your past and present situations that have hindered you from seeing the heart of the matter. Simply put, look at the heart – it does matter. Your future depends on it!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalms 34:4

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