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Cultivating a Thankful Spirit: Day Seven

It’s day seven! It’s crazy to me that it’s already November seventh, Thanksgiving is three weeks away and I don’t know about you but the enemy has been coming after my gratitude the last couple of days. I think today’s attitude might be aimed at me specifically but if any of you ladies have been feeling the same way I know it will help you too!

If positivity is the counter attitude to negativity than acceptance is the counter attitude to bitterness. That might seem like an odd choice but if bitterness focuses my attention on what I think I should have instead of what I actually do have then acceptance is accepting and believing that what I do have is sufficient. In 1 Samuel 16:7 we read “ For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” In other words when God and I look at the same situation we see completely different things. Where He sees the reasons, the purpose, and the grand design often all I can see is what I’m missing. Acceptance comes from being ok with not knowing the all the reasons but having peace and confidence in the fact that God does. That verse doesn’t just touch on how God sees the heart of an issue though, it’s also more literal. God sees my heart and the heart posture that I have when I’m evaluating what I’m thankful (or bitter) about is important to Him.

Acceptance is a key step on the road to building a thankful spirit. By accepting that God is for me and that I may never know why God chooses to bless some people with something and not me I can stop wasting energy being bitter and start focusing on cultivating a positive and joyful heart posture. What are some areas of bitterness you need to accept in order to move forward towards a truly thankful spirit?

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