Faith, Hope and Encouragement, Thankfulness

An Attitude of Gratitude

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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV

So now that we are past the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, I have really had a stirring to share about gratitude. Many of us find it easier during the holiday season, particularly the Thanksgiving season to find reasons to be grateful, however, truth be told, thanksgiving should be a daily lifestyle. According to Merriam-Webster the definition of gratitude is: a feeling of appreciation or thanks; state of being grateful; thankfulness. Now, our definition on the other hand, probably goes a little something like this…” when I am having a good day and things are going my way, I am grateful.” I definitely don’t think this definition is in the Bible though lol.

Our thankfulness should not be determined by the kind of day we are having or what our current circumstances are because in all honesty, if we are breathing, we have so much to be thankful for. My mom used this quote on us a lot as kids when we complained about not having something we wanted…” I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” (Quoted by multiple sources so unsure of true origination). It’s all about perspective, right?

The Bible gives us numerous examples of people who were thankful in the midst of challenging circumstances…David, Job, Paul, and Peter just to name a few. Sometimes, we just need to praise ourselves right on out of the “funk” we are in. All we have to do is follow David’s example. In Psalm 103, David rehearses a whole list of reasons he has to be thankful and guess what?!? That list applies to us too! Here are just a few things from David’s list (Ps 103):

  • He forgives all my sins
  • He heals all my diseases
  • He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies
  • He fills my life with good things
  • He renews my youth
  • He gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly
  • He is compassionate and merciful
  • He is slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love

We should be thankful because God is worthy of that and so much more. And the Bible does actually say that being thankful is the will of God for us, and surely, we want to do His will, right?

Another awesome truth is that if we actually position our hearts toward gratefulness, we tend to find that it moves our focus off of our circumstances and on to God where it should be anyway. And this will surely be one of the best moves we could make to improving our outlook on life. What a way to start off the new year!

Here is a link to the perfect “de-funk” song, “Gratitude”. Enjoy!

I am also including some Scriptures on thankfulness to help get us started.

I will thank the Lord because he is just;
I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

Psalm 7:17 NLT

I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises.    

Psalm 34:1 NLT

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
    go into his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him and praise his name.

Psalm 100:4 NLT

Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
    His faithful love endures forever.

Psalm 106:1 NLT

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Faith, Hope and Encouragement, Friendship

I Finally Did It!!

Welcome to Pursuing His Promises Blog! It’s launch day!!

I want to begin this by saying a huge thank you to everyone who has prayed, encouraged and challenged me along the way. I want to especially honor and thank a very special friend who was instrumental in this process, Brandy Butler, my KFP. Prior to her moving to heaven she was very vocal about me getting this launched. I know she is in heaven giggling and saying, “well, it’s about time!” I love you Brandy and you are forever in my heart!

About 3 years ago I felt a prompting by the Lord to start a blog. I know, I know…you are probably asking yourself why it took me so long to get this going. Unfortunately, I allowed life and a lot of excuses to get in the way of getting it done. My perfectionist, melancholy personality sure did not help much either. I researched a lot about blog writing, I talked to a couple of friends that had experience writing blogs and also looked at tons of different blog examples to get a general idea of the flow of things. In April of 2020 I even stepped out and purchased my domain and set up my account through WordPress and yet here we are having the blog launch in June of 2021. I am so glad the Lord has been patient with me!

Recently, a close friend of mine reminded me that many times the Lord gives us a “now” word so it is more important to get the word out there even if everything else is not “just perfect”. There is a wealth of knowledge in that statement. I am thankful to be surrounded by godly friends who not only encourage me but challenge me to be the best version of myself and who God wants me to be. I am also constantly reminding myself that delayed obedience is disobedience and I do not want to be disobedient to the Lord. Many times we do not know who or what is on the other side of our obedience.

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27:17

I pray that you have a friend in your life that is that “iron” for you. If not, we can sure pray for you one!

Enjoy these pictures of my sweet friend Brandy AKA HolyGhost Rider…someone full of life and love for Jesus! And since I am dedicating the launch of this blog to her, I will close with a popular phrase she coined…

Jesus is Lit! and You’re the Light!

God Bless!


My forever friend, Brandy, AKA my KFP
This is definitely all Brandy!
This picture truly captures our relationship LOL