Day 23~ Gratitude is Enough!

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 6:6–10

All of us, in some way, possess some sense of entitlement toward God. So often our expectation or demand for “more” towers over the plenty we already possess. That’s because we forget that God doesn’t owe us anything. We are debtors. We are the ones who owe. We think we deserve more (or different or better) than we have, and therefore we forget or minimize the blessings God has already given and continues to give.

Not content with food, clothing, and a roof over our heads, we whine if we don’t have a certain kind of house, a certain kind of car, a certain kind of job, a certain kind of marriage, and certain kinds of friends living in a certain kind of neighborhood and income bracket. It’s time we let gratitude be our ticket to freedom.

What kinds of “wants” are you defining as “needs”? Ask God to show you any ways you may have become blinded to His grace. Highlight them. Confess them. And trade them in on the bounty God promises to the grateful.

Pray for a Grateful Heart
Lord Jesus, remind me of Your high call to seek Your Kingdom above earthly things. Show me where I have confused my wants with my needs, and teach me to be grateful for all I already have. Thank You! 

Life Application:

Sometimes I find myself dreaming about all the things the future could hold. I get all excited as I think about the future possibilites of my life. In just a few short years I could be a wife, and then a mother, and then I could be a teacher, and a writer, maybe even a public speaker or musician.....but then I stop myself, and remember that no matter what happens in the future, it's not going to happen unless I'm grateful for what I have, and who I am today. If I'm always looking for the next big event, or conversation, or possibility, then I'll miss the joy of being who I am right now. I'll miss watching my brother build a chicken coop, and helping my Mother make dinner, and listening to my brother's newest piano composition, and hearing my Father's lessons from our morning devotions, and so many other little opportunities.....all because I'm too busy worrying about who I'm going to become to make the most of who I am right now. I'll never become anything unless I learn that gratitude for what's happening right now is enough to make me satisfied!


  1. You look so pretty in that picture, Elanee! I love how you fixed your hair. :)