Giving Gratitude the First Word

Happy Thanksgiving Week, all. In this Thanksgiving season, I’ll be sharing some pieces about gratitude from the archives.
The Beatitude Series will return next week. Thanks you for your readership! God bless you all.

The Beggar's Bakery

bird Not today, worries. You don’t to rent space in my head in this season of gratitude.

Dear Standard Issue Worries,
Yeah, I heard you when I woke up this morning. I normally hear you before I even open my eyes to start the day. You’re pretty obnoxious and hard to ignore.
But you know what?
NOT TODAY.
Today is not your day, and tomorrow might not be either.
Do you know why?
Today I let Gratitude have the first word, and it drowned out your useless clamor.
Awash in the fount of every blessing, I realized that Worry is a victim’s game.
But Gratitude? It is interactive! It encourages me to look around at the overwhelming blessings Abba has given me, name them, and realize each one is a result of God’s strong hand.
As a matter of fact, when a sneaky worry creeps into my mind today, I…

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