Sustaining A Grateful Heart


Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, overflowing with gratitude,”

(Colossians 2:6-7).

I love when God plants a message in my heart and then waters it all day long. He did this recently, only not a message a word ~ gratitude.

Gratitude isn’t second nature for me. In fact, I grapple with the word. I want to feel it way down deep, but most times I don’t. God whispers, “Being grateful is what I want for you and it glorifies me.” He is doing a tremendous work in me, and I’m still learning in this area. Good thing… God never stops teaching the willing heart.

Every Scripture I study that morning is about gratitude. I realize something important. My dependence on His power results in endurance, patience, joy, and expressing gratitude in all things. My expression of gratitude is rooted in my dependence on His power, His strength.

If we aren’t filled with gratitude daily, the question we should be asking is, “Am I depending on and trusting in Christ?”

When we trust Christ in all things, our gratitude becomes an act of worship ~ soul worship. Isn’t that a beautiful thought?

An unknown writer penned the phrase, “We worship God more by gratitude and contentment than when we come to hear a sermon or spend half an hour in prayer.”

Radical soul worship of God is to be grateful for…

what He gives,

when He gives,

and how much He gives.

Our satisfaction with our portion is an act of worship. I love thinking that my life can literally bring worship to Him.

When we live as Paul did, a servant of the Gospel, (Col. 1:25) we no longer rely on people or things to sustain a grateful heart. Our gratitude flows directly from the source ~ the Blessed Sustainer of all things.

Gratitude is a sacred place….a holy place where our weakness ends and Christ’s strength begins. My prayer for us is that we’ll reach the living spring of gratitude (see Ps. 84) today and every day. I long to become this woman of gratitude, a woman who is blessed because her strength is in God, don’t you?

How is your life bringing worship to Jesus today?

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Another beautiful post, Kelli, written straight from your heart. Thank you for sharing this and for reminding me of such an important word – gratitude 🙂
Love ya,
Debbie
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03.21.12

I was just praying about this today before my broadcast showed air this morning..We need to be more grateful and have a thanksgiving heart as well..Great post sis..Nice seeing you today. Thanks for the warm welcoming for wishing me a happy birthday on Facebook..
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03.21.12

I absolutly love that!!! Radical soul worship of God is to be grateful for what He gives, when he gives, and how much he gives. Thank you! I am going to spend the day just soaking that up!
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03.21.12

Kelli,

I love this, a grateful heart worships God and brings glory to Him, I too long to become a women of gratitude, thank you for this encouraging word.

Blessings to you.
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