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Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 02:15am
  An Attitude of Gratitude

Psalms 103:2-5 (NLT)
Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Welcome to the year 2011!

As I write this blog, we are now into the second month of a brand new year! For those who celebrate the Chinese New Year, a new year – the year of the Rabbit has just begun!

It is interesting to see how different ones approach the New year. Some with relief, “Thank God 2010 is over!” Some with regret, “I can’t believe it is a New year already, 2010 went so fast!” Some with apprehension, “I made it through 2010 to 2011, what will this year hold? Will it be better or worse?!”

People are also setting new year’s resolutions … “I want to lose weight”, “I want to prosper more”, “I want to get a boyfriend/girlfriend this year”, “I want to start a family”, “I want to be more spiritual this year” and the list goes on and on …

There is nothing wrong with goal setting and I do practice this myself but as we start the new year, I am reminded that sometimes, we forget to stop and evaluate life in the midst of all the excitement of the “new” and we get busy striving for more. As I start the New year, there is one word that has resonated in my heart from the Lord … GRATITUDE. Gratitude is taking time out to be thankful for what we have.

Some people are never happy. They are never satisfied as they are always striving for more rather than being thankful for what they have achieved and what they have been blessed with. I read this great quote, “Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognise how good things really are!” – Marianne Wiliamson

David said it this way, “Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things He does for me.” Don’t forget the good things He has done for you! This is the key to keeping your joy! Without joy, we don’t have strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Regardless of how you ended 2010 – in victory or in battle, we need His strength as we enter into 2011.

Take time out if you have not done so to thank the Lord for His blessings in your life. Be grateful that you are saved and even if you went through hell in 2010, you are saved because of Christ and are on your way to Heaven! As I start 2011, I have many dreams and visions that have yet to be fulfilled but as I look at my life, I have a lot to be thankful and grateful for. Thank you Lord for Your presence in my life! Thank you for good health and for the great family and friends You have given to me! Thank you for the privilege I have to serve You! Thank you for Your faithfulness through the trials and difficult times in 2010. Thank you for the rain that cools, the sun that warms, the air that we breathe, the ability to arise out of bed everyday and for the gift of life you have given to us….

Ok, now it’s YOUR turn!

With love,

Derek

© Derek Dunn Ministries



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