Gratitude Day 8

My Gratitude for God's love grows when I realize He loves me just as I am.

God has truly chosen to love me just the way I am. He loves me in spite of my messy-ness. He loves me in spite of the fact that I am moody. He loves me even though some days I forget He is even there. He loves me even when I ignore Him. He loves me even when I am being a jerk to everyone around me. He loves me when I am self-absorbed. He loves me when I am whiny. He loves me when I am angry. I could go on forever.

God did not choose me for my perfections or goodness. God chose me simply because He loves me. We already explored that God died for us while we were still sinners! (Romans 5:8-9) And, that love did not stop at the Cross. That loves endures daily.

Instead of worrying if you are good enough to be loved by God.... Enjoy the fact that God loves exactly the way you are right now. It's the very way He has asked us to love others, and He models it by loving us the same way! Realizing that can transform your heart. And when our hearts are transformed, our lives will follow!

Take a few minutes and thank God for loving you exactly the way you are right this moment!

Gratitude Day 7

My GRATITUDE for grace and the Gospel grows when I realize that I am not required to work hard to be saved! (Ephesians 2:8-9)

This is one of the hardest concepts for a followers of Jesus to realize. It seems impossible that we would ever get something BIG for absolutely NOTHING! But, that my friends truly is real when it comes to Jesus. We absolutely have to do nothing.

Do you realize what that means for you and me? Think about it!

It means that we don't have to be good enough. We don't have to give more. We don;t have to know more. We don't have to have all the answers. We don't have to say the right thing at the right time. We are completely free to simply be present. We simply exist moment to moment.

God's greatest desire is that you and I simply be present with Him in each passing moment. It is in those moments that we are healed, set free and made whole. Those are the moments that truly transform our lives.

Take a few moments and thank God for the free to simply be present!