On Gratitude and Murmuring

I say I'm blessed, and am full of thankfulness. But sometimes I don't act like it. Or speak like it.

I need to be reminded regularly, to cultivate gratitude, that I might guard my heart from self-righteous grumblings and the sinful root of discontentment.

I can truly say that I'm grateful for a husband who cares enough to send me the following...which I share with you with humility and love:

Gratitude arises from a contemplation of the goodness of God. It is bred by serious meditation on what God has done for us...

Gratitude and thanksgiving forever stand opposed to all murmurings at God's dealings with us, and all complaining at our lot. Gratitude and murmuring never abide in the same heart at the same time. An unappreciative spirit has no standing beside gratitude and praise. And true prayer corrects complaining and promotes gratitude and thanksgiving. Dissatisfaction at one's lot, and a disposition to be discontented with things which come to us in the providence of God, are foes to gratitude and enemies to thanksgiving...

...Appreciative men and women have neither the time nor disposition to stop and complain.

--EM Bounds


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