"...but when they had grazed, they became full,
they were filled, and their heart was lifted up;
therefore they forgot me." Hosea 13:6 ESV
This is why my family and I keep a gratitude journal, because we are sinful by nature, because we tend to forget that we do not deserve anything and yet we have fullness. It is when we forget that ALL we have, that ALL we are is a gift from Above that we become ungrateful. That we sin of ungratefulness and pride.
"and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, 16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ " Deut. 8:13- 17
We jot down the deeds of the Lord among us, we count His blesings; we have the journal on our family table, a pen always ready... so we won't forget. The Lord said that if we forget, we will most likely come to say in our hearts "‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’"
But our God keeps on saying,
" You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day." v.19
We do not want to forget, so we write down, we keep an account of God's deeds among us because that is the only safe way to look back.
Gratitude is the antidote against a prideful heart. Gratitude recognizes that we are not worthy to be at His table and receive benefits from His hand, yet He calls us, clothes us with washed clothes and sets a table before us.
This is my list today, so I won't forget.
801. Two of our children exposing with clarity the Doctrines of Grace
802. A new guitar and a beautiful young lady practicing.
803. Bag pipes, a teacher, a big smile.
804. Books on my nightstand.
805. Bible study - being able to set apart a time to do it-
806. My Beloved cooking with our little one.
807. A nature table, for our study of Botany.
808. Oatmeal cookies (I will post the recipe this week for you)
809. Tears shed for friends.
810. Helping hands.
811. The privilege of intercession.
812. Tired bodies.
813. Cares cast upon You, my Lord.
814. Dreams shared in the night, under the covers.
815. My parents' safe return.
816. Eileen's Bible Study
817. This ministry.
818. Books with sound doctrine in Spanish.
819. The mystery of love found in a storybook read aloud.
820. Thank you for giving the opportunity to teach Spanish.
821. Thank you, God, for my husband's job, for tough months and your faithfulness to us.
822. Thank you for The Reformation Heroes.
823. You, journeying with me.
Write and count His deeds among you , so you won't forget.
What are you grateful for today?