Gratitude In A Pandemic 05 Apr

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τίς γάρ πλήν (tis gar plēn): “So what?”

 

Is it well with your soul?

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Philippians 4:8 NLT

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG

Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

Psalms 145:4-7 NLT 

Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles. Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim your greatness. Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness.

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • During this pandemic, do you find yourself more like Thomas Carlyle (bellyaching and complaining) or more like Fanny Crosby (turning lemons into lemonade)? 

Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.

  • Read 1 Thessalonians 5:18. Why is it so important to God that we have a grateful heart?
  • Read Philippians 4:8. During this time when many of us are challenged to not become idle, on what are you fixing your thoughts?
  • In 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 Paul gives advice relevant to our present circumstances. Troy shared from verse 18. Read the other verses and consider how you are stifling the Holy Spirit. How will you urge the lazy around you and encourage the timid?

Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.

  • Why is it easier to be negative than it is to be grateful?
  • Were you a complainer, but now find it easier to be grateful? What brought about the change?
  • Not really thinking about it, say the first thing that comes to mind…What are you grateful for right now?
  • Clay shared the story behind the writing of the song “It Is Well”. When you heard that story what were your initial thoughts? Did you feel convicted because of your own complaining? How can we be grateful like this? What song (hymn, contemporary) lyrics remind you to be grateful?
  • Read Psalm 145:4-7. Troy asked the question, “Why does David make such a big deal of speaking gratitude and praise?” Why do you think David did this?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • There are many ways to be grateful vs negative. What is something you can commit to doing out of the list below? 
    • Start a journal and every day write what you are grateful for that day. 
    • Start a “Grateful Jar” with your family and every day each person writes something they are grateful for on a piece of paper and puts it in the jar. Chose a date to sit down as a family and read all of the papers together. 
    • If you don’t have one, choose a song that helps point you toward gratitude. 

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Father, thank You for your Word that it is not just something that we read, but that it is something we can apply to our daily lives. Help us to develop a deeper passion for reading your word and to apply it to our lives. Amen.

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