Truth Tuesday – Is Praise On Your Lips?

by Kathy

luke-17-15Are you familiar with the story of Jesus healing the 10 lepers.  The story can be found in Luke 17:11-19. In the story, you find ten men who have leprosy and are shunned from their homes and town because of their disease.  One day, these ten lepers meet Jesus and ask him to heal them.  All Jesus says to them is “go and show yourselves to the priests”.  They simply left to do as he said for they knew the meaning of this statement from Jesus.  It was customary for someone healed from a contagious disease to visit the priest, who could verify they were no longer able to pass the disease on to someone else. As they went to find the priest, they were healed.  Can you imagine the joy and excitement they must have felt?  They were heading home, no longer an outcast or shunned.  They could return to family and friends.

Out of the ten, only one returned to thank Jesus.  As I read this story, it made me think in my own life how quick I am to enjoy God’s gifts and slow to thank the Giver. I asked myself, how could I practice becoming more grateful in my life?  As I was considering this, I came across this statement – “Gratitude is born in the hearts of those that take time to count up past mercies”.  This got me thinking and putting a plan together that has worked very well in my own life.

Each day, as I read my Bible and pray, I thank God for something that either He shows me about Himself in Scripture, or I praise Him for one of His attributes from a list I keep in my prayer journal.  As I go through my week, I write out a list of things in my journal that I am thankful for each day – both the good and the bad things going on during the week.  On Saturday, I spend time thanking God for all the things on that list.  I don’t want this day to be about bringing my prayer request to God, just my thanks offering.

As you prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving in your home, consider how you can make gratefulness a daily expression to God.  How are you being intentional to have praise on your lips?

Because your love is better than life,

my lips will glorify you.

I will praise you as long as I live,

and in your name I will lift up my hands.

Psalm 63:3-4

 

Have a grace full week of finding all the ways you are grateful.

 

 

 

 

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