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Thankfulness Is A Choice

Is it possible to always be thankful? I think it is because the Bible commands us to. So how do we do it? How do we cultivate a thankful heart and attitude despite what’s going on? I don’t know. But I want to find out. I do know one thing though… thankfulness isn’t dependent on circumstances or things going our way. At least that’s true for me. For example, I’m a goal oriented person. I enjoy starting new projects, getting things done and taking steps towards my goals. I guess you could call me Type-A. And I realized there’s a danger to constantly living this way if I’m not careful to pause to be thankful. The danger is that I could always be living in the future and never take time to enjoy the present. This hit me hard this morning, let me explain… We have three kids, ages 3, 1 and 2 months. Needless to say we don’t usually get a full uninterrupted night’s sleep. But last night was harder than normal. Our Lily (1-year-old) is teething has a rash. So she woke up multiple times. And our 3-year-old, Emma Grace, loves life so much she bolts out of bed as soon as she can… which is usually before 7:00 am. So anyway, after a rough night I get up and immediately I’m in a grumpy mood. The thoughts going through my head include: I have to talk to Lacie about our whole “traveling in a motorhome idea” and let her know it’s not going to work if it’s going to be like this… I need rest to work....

Delayed Obedience Is Better Than Disobedience

Or at least at I hope it is. Recently, I met two new people. Shaun, was at a business prayer meeting I attended in Vancouver, WA (link to his blog) and Tim, is a pastor I met online (link to his blog). And they both essentially told me the same thing: “Josh, I’ve read your blog and I hope you keep writing on it.” I thought, Yeah, maybe I should start writing there more.  So I pulled up this blog to see when the last time I posted was and it was 11 months ago! Wow. And then I read my last post and felt convicted when I read what I wrote: When I heard, “to obey is better than sacrifice” I knew God was referring to something specific in my life: writing. More specifically, writing on this blog, Beyond Cliches. I haven’t been writing on here even though I believe God wants me to. I have a million excuses why I keep “putting it off”. Then I thought, Great, I’m not only disobeying God… I’m doing it publicly. How embarrassing.  Yes, I know. I shouldn’t care what other people think, only what God thinks. You’re right. But I’m just being honest about how I felt. Why? Because someone else may be feeling the same way about something and hopefully this helps. Plus, I appreciate it when people are honest in their writing. So that’s where I found myself this morning as I sat there sipping my coffee: convicted but motivated to act. Let’s be honest… it’s not easy to obey when you know in your heart you’ve disobeyed. Especially when it’s not the first time. There’s...