Hillary and Amy are back together for this special Thanksgiving podcast about gratefulness, especially in this time of busyness and materialistic pursuits.
Main Points Covered:
- Purpose of Gratitude:
- Protective aspect: Romans 1:18-32
- Ingratitude breeds spiritual decline
- Gratitude has a spiritually protective aspect
- Psychological Benefits:
- Gratitude changes brain chemistry and improves mental health.
- Philippians 4:8
- Perspective orientation: Philippians 4:11-13 I have learned to be content whatever the circumstance.
- Be aware of the impact of social media and video games.
- Discontentment with reality.
- Hillary’s word of the year for 2021 was gratitude. She spent the year grasping onto gratitude, even during times of despair.
- Contentment comes from relying on the strength and nature of God, and the telos of ourselves and our lives
- Bad times:
- What’s one thing you’re thankful for today?
- Can’t always be the food
- Something new each night
- When things go wrong it’s important to go back to what we know of God and whose we are
- Good times:
- Divine Hiddenness
- Gratefulness in the simple/common “Let us believe that God is in all our simple deeds and learn to find Him there.” A.W. Tozer (The Pursuit of God)
- “The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” Louisa May Alcott
- “Every leaf speaks bliss to me Fluttering from the autumn tree.” Emily Bronté (“Fall, leaves, fall”)
- Enchantment is being able to see God in the simple things, from which gratefulness naturally flows.
- Gratefulness pumpkins for each person
- Let kids help prepare the meal
- Gratitude comes with perspective
- Gratitude journal
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Problem of Evil
Romans 1:18 – “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness.”
Philippians 4:8 – “Finally brothers and sisters whatever is true whatever is noble whatever is right, pure, lovely admirable if anything is excellent of praiseworthy think about such thing.”
Philippians 4:11-13 – “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
“Gratitude breeds gratitude which breeds gratitude which breeds contentment.” – Hillary
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