Being Grateful/Thankful

Have you ever taken anything for granted? I woke up this morning to no running water. After waiting as long as I possibly could, praying for it to start working again, I resorted to using a gallon jug of water and a bottle to pour it. I smelled like a bar of soap all morning but all in all, I was able to clean up and make it to work right on time. Many times, we become ungrateful for the simplest of luxuries in our lives until they are no longer there.
As I look at where we are in Cookeville, TN today with recommended restrictions and distancing, I am so thankful for the times when we can come together and enjoy conversations and life together. I do believe we are better together and am grateful for each second of it.
As Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3, he said that in the last days times will become difficult. There is a long list of adjectives describing how people will live. Their mindsets, attitudes, and actions will have an appearance of godliness, but will deny it’s power. Did you know that being ungrateful is in the list of all of these wicked descriptions?
Beginning in verse 2: 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 
Let’s choose to accept the power of God in our lives. Let’s choose to allow the God breathed scripture to teach, correct, and train us up in righteousness as vs. 10-17 explain. Let’s choose to press into the persecutions in faith with gratefulness and grow in the wisdom of salvation through our faith in Christ Jesus.
Let’s choose thankfulness and watch Him move.
Praying many blessings your way this week.
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