"Worship or Whine
The importance of this matter of gratitude can hardly be overstated.
I've come to believe that few things are more becoming in a child of God
than a grateful spirit. By the same token, there is probably nothing
that makes a person more unattractive than the absence of a grateful
I have learned that in every circumstance that comes my way, I can choose to respond in one of two ways:
I can WHINE
I can WORSHIP!
And I can't worship without giving thanks. It just isn't possible. When
we choose the pathway of worship and giving thanks, especially in the
midst of difficult circumstances, there is a fragrance, a radiance, that
issues forth out of our lives to bless the Lord and others.
On the other hand, when we give in to whining, murmuring, and
complaining, we end upon a destructive slide that ultimately leads to
bitterness and broken relationships."
Excerpt from Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
I have to tell you, the first time I read this I felt as if I had been
hit square between the eyes. This summer has been especially hard for
me, coming off of a wild and crazy year that really changed the
dynamics of our family's life. I was weary, very weary. I was whiny,
very whiny. I couldn't focus and it was all I could do to survive the
It all came to a head at our Ladies Retreat at church in mid-July. So many things
hit home with me that day. My heart was heavy. I bought this book with
a plan to add it to my "to read" pile. Who knows in what year it would
have actually made it to the top. The next evening I found myself
crumbling down and completely falling apart as i was sharing with
Christine and our pastor's wife. My pastor's wife strongly encouraged
me to immediately start writing down anything I could think of to which I
I went home and took a pretty blank journal that I actually got at the
retreat and ...nothing. This wasn't going to be easy. I was going to
have to purpose myself to do this. A whining spirit doesn't just turn
itself off. My spirit of worship had to over power it. And how did
that happen? One thanks to God at a time.
There is power in Eucharistia, the giving of thanks.(pg 32). With each
thanks to the Lord I wrote, I was sowing a seed of thanksgiving, which
allowed the Lord to begin cultivating my heart into a heart of gratitude
These lines of thanks aren't all thought provoking (# 4 left overs),
some are (#18 for reminding me Your love for me does not stop just
because I sin, just like my love for my children doesn't stop when they
sin.). These thanks are not all scripturally based (#85 mobile
electronic devices that add to our convenience), but many are (#174 for
being slow to anger with me and your continued lovingkindness no matter
how many times I fail you- Psalm 103:8). Regardless, they are all
heartfelt thanks to my Lord and Savior.
It has been just over a month since this started and I feel like a
renewed woman. Things aren't perfect and I still find some things
challenging. But I am learning I can always find something in which to
give thanks to the Lord no matter what else is going on in my life.
Christine, this one is especially for you ;)
# 177 for giving me the courage to remove the new speech therapist from our family's life.
I hope you all have a bless day.