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An Attitude of Gratitude

Today’s devotional is written by Lori Steinkamp Lassen. She is our only daughter, who has been married to her husband, Scott for 27 years. Lori is the mother of four children, and has worked with the ministry for many years. May her devotional deepen your spiritual walk with the Lord. – Charlyne

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;  I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1

Do you have an attitude of gratitude? Notice I didn’t ask, “Are you thankful?” I believe there is a difference. Gratitude is an attitude, not just a one-time thankfulness. I go through my day, and so many things happen that I should be grateful for.

    • I woke up.
    • I have clothes to wear.
    • I have food to feed my family.
    • I have transportation.
    • I know how to read and write, so I can work.
    • I am healthy.
    • My family is healthy.

The list could go on and on! Does it mean that my life is perfect? No way! It means that I am choosing to be grateful for what I have. Are you a glass-half-empty person or a glass-half-full person? I have developed into a glass-half-full person. I don’t feel like I was always that way. Over the years, as things have transpired that are out of my control and I have seen the Lord work in and through those things, I have learned to be grateful. 

Even in the darkest of days, we can find something for which we can be grateful. In Deuteronomy 8, we see Moses reminding the Israelites of all that they have to be thankful for. God gave them manna each day (8:3), He provided clothes for them, and their feet did not swell (8:4). I need some feet that don’t swell after that Chinese food I had today. Have you ever thanked God for feet that don’t swell? J I can definitely say I have never done that. Even in the pit of life, we have so much to be thankful for. 

I was telling my kids a story about being in 8th grade. My parents were divorced, so times were lean. My mom had a credit card to a major department store. It was a store that we would not normally shop at. Because of the divorce, when our clothes wore out, she would have to put them on credit until she could pay it off. The upside for us was that when we did get something new, it was a designer label. I know, every 8th grader’s dream!

Because of the lean times, we wore our clothes until they were rags. Literally. If I put a hole in my jeans’ knees, my mom would have my grandmother patch them. Grandma thought it would be “cute” to use a strawberry patch. It’s not easy going to junior high with two strawberries on your knees! I had one pair of shoes I wore regularly. Well, those shoes finally wore through, and I found myself with a hole in the bottom. My mom had a solution to fix the shoes and avoid using the store credit card. We would cut a piece of cardboard and put that in the hole. Viola! Charlyne, the shoemaker, solved the problem! 

I was sitting in band class next to my friend, Jennifer. I could tell that Jennifer’s family had more money than us. She wore nice clothes and had many different shoes. One day she noticed the patch job on the sole of my shoe and made a joke. At the time, I was devastated. How embarrassing! I remember insisting it was time for a new pair of shoes (and maybe a pair of jeans minus the strawberries). 

Your kids may be the ones wearing the strawberry patch on their knees to school today. You may be the one sticking cardboard in your shoes to avoid getting wet when walking through a puddle. You know what? If that is you, there is still much to be grateful for. 

I challenge you to adopt an attitude of gratitude.

Did your car break down?

    • Thank You, Jesus, that You will provide a way for me to pay for that repair.

Is there no money this week to buy groceries?

    • Thank You, Jesus, that I can do a lot with a loaf of bread! (I could write a whole article on eating lean on one income. My mom was the queen of box mac and cheese.)

Are you angry that your spouse is not home yet?

    • Thank You, Jesus, for caring for me and helping me grow in You during this season alone.

This week, I challenge you to write down five things you are grateful for each day. It’s time to develop an attitude of gratitude.

I would love to see one of your gratitude items. You can share it with me when you visit here.

God bless,

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1 month ago

Wow Lori! This is so good! Father help us bless Your Name at all times and not forget the good things You have done for us.

10000 Reasons- Unstoppable love
Bless the Lord, Oh my soul
Oh my soul, worship his holy name
Sing like never before, Oh my soul
I’ll worship your holy name

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

Nancy B.
Nancy B.
1 month ago

Good morning.
-I am grateful to that God allowed me to wake up this morning and He will be with me throughout the day
-I am grateful I still have my car working to get to work after my flat tire fiasco a few days ago
-I am grateful I am able to help my family, friends and job.
-I am grateful although my husband and I are separated God has a hand when we do communicate and that I love the Lord and my husband. I know God will heal me, him, us and our marriage!
-I am grateful that through this season in the valley, I am closer to God. God is good all the time
There are so many other things I am grateful for however I will just list 5 🙂
Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift. 2 Corinthians 9:15

1 month ago

Amen. Amen. Amen.
I started a gratitude journal over 10 years ago. I am almost to 10,000 things to be thankful for. When my mind starts playing those reels of bitterness, I grab a paper and start listing things I am thankful for. Sometimes, as simple as a hot cup of coffee. God is always good and giving.

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