Scripture for the day:
13 Joyful is the person who finds wisdom,
the one who gains understanding.
14 For wisdom is more profitable than silver,
and her wages are better than gold.
15 Wisdom is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 She offers you long life in her right hand,
and riches and honor in her left.
17 She will guide you down delightful paths;
all her ways are satisfying.
18 Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
happy are those who hold her tightly.
Some quotes from this day of Choosing Gratitude:
“I’ve heard wisdom described as “skill in everyday living.” And training our hearts to be grateful for the blessings of God that we experience is linked to our pursuit of godly wisdom in every area of our lives (196).”
“For most people, happiness is tied to circumstances. . .For Christians, however, happiness or blessedness is not dependent on the weather, the stock market, or how our last haircut turned out. Real happiness–that unshakable sense of peace, contentment, and well-being–comes as we remind ourselves of the blessings we have in Christ, and then respond with thankfulness (196).”
5 things for which I am grateful today:
1) The button which opens my driver’s side window fixed itself–it broke on Friday, and while I was able to remind myself to be grateful that the window was up when it broke, and that I have a sunroof, I lost about a pound of water weight on my 15 minute drive home. The fact that it fixed itself pleases me greatly.
2) I can’t even recall an evening growing up where we didn’t eat dinner as a family. There’s a website, letsfixdinner.com, that makes it pretty clear that this is increasingly become abnormal. The times I spent with my family around the dinner table, fork wrestling my dad to keep him out of my food and fighting with my brothers for the small spoons, as well as the hours of good conversation that occurred during and after meals, are precious memories to me.
3) The Word of God. It’s mind-blowing that God chooses to communicate with us in a way that can span cultures, time periods, etc.
4) Physical pain. Right now I’m rocking what may be a stress fracture, as well as something that feels like the flu. And while I’m not dancing for joy at being heavy-lidded and limping, I am grateful that because of the pain, I know that my body needs a break, and am not at risk of doing more extensive damage to it.
5) Technology that enables communication between myself and people I love-telephones, the USPS, email, and even Facebook.
All right, y’all: what are 5 things for which you are grateful today? And. . .go.