• Raynika Battle

Gratitude Challenge: Week 4

Wow, I can’t believe this is the last week of the challenge! I have spent the last few weeks simply expressing my thanks to God but also gaining more insight on what it really means to be grateful. It has caused me to encourage my family to be more grateful and to enjoy the “little things” in life. This week was also eye-opening. I was reading a devotional on the Bible app and the writer stated that when we talk to God, we need to mean what we say. It sounded obvious at first but I thought about it some more and it made a lot of sense.

Have you ever found yourself saying “thank you”, “no problem”, or “can I help you” and not really mean it? I will be honest and say that I am guilty! It’s not that I am purposely pretending, but sometimes I have said “no problem” when it was an inconvenience to me. Or even those times when you offer help to someone but there is a sigh of relief when they tell you that they don’t need anything. Both are examples of how we can say things so easily without having our hearts into it.

When you tell God thank you, is it coming from the heart or is it coming from a place where you are just happy or satisfied with your circumstances? Are you appreciative of money because you can pay your bills or because you can be a blessing to the kingdom of God? Psalms 57:7 says “my heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody!” What it comes down to is meaning what you say when you talk to God with a heart that is directed towards Him.

Thanks again to my dearest friend Dominque for bringing me along on this journey!

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