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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pebble of Gratitude

READ: Deuteronomy 8:12-14

A man and a pebble

When you believe your problems are deplorable rest assure there is someone worse! All too often people focus on their situations, problems, or what they don’t have opposed to thanking God for what they have. 

My best friend told a story about a man and a pebble. This man put a stone in his pocket as a reminder of God’s Grace, Mercy, and bountiful blessings. Each time he retrieved keys or loose coins he would always take a moment to thank God for something rather than complain about his problems.

Adults act like children

Most individuals act no different than children - no sooner than they get the desires of their heart they are already looking and asking for another new wish. Never taking a minute to thank God for waking you up, vigorous health, food or a roof over their head. When wants go unanswered most become frustrated about life and believe God has forgotten them. They fail to remember life's lesson that was taught as children to be thankful and appreciative.

Remember God always

The 8th chapter of Deuteronomy is very clear, “do not forget the Lord”, also be mindful in following every command given. Observe the commands, give thanks and praise to the Lord. This is one ingredient that is missing in so many individual’s life. People don’t appear to have a problem in asking for what they want however they do come up with excuses as to why they forget or opt not to thank God.

  • Daily rush of getting ready
  • Bogged down at work
  • Traffic, tired 
  • Social calendar does not permit time
With a schedule like this yes it is very strenuous for a person to ‘find’ time to give thanks to the Lord let alone stay sane.

If you are guilty of constantly complaining or feel God is not answering your prayers, start giving more thanks and praise unto the Lord. Find a way to jog your memory in thanking God; how about while taking a shower, the idle time during traffic or consider having a gratitude of faith by putting a pebble in your pocket as a constant reminder to praise and thank God.


Father God I am thankful for all your blessings.  I will praise and thank you more! in Jesus name. Amen.

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