Discipleship Starts with a Conversation


Convo 1: “Grateful for Today”

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As we move into the month of gratitude, I find it helpful to have traditions to guide our hearts and conversations. This month, I want to encourage both myself and those entrusted to me to be grateful for many things, starting with the sheer fact that we have today.

Whatever the hard circumstances of today (and there are always at least a few difficult things going on!), there are also so many things to be thankful for. I find that getting my eyes focused on God’s many gifts to my life helps me be more grateful than discouraged, more thankful than sad.

What about you? I pray that you will meditate on this Scripture and “Seek Him” about the good things He’s doing in your life right now. Then, this month, be sure to pass on that gratitude and “Speak Him” into the lives of those He’s entrusted to you. You can listen to the podcast intro HERE or just start with the verse! ~ Be encouraged! Tosha ❤️

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Seek Him!
Let’s meet with God and “Seek Him” through this Scripture!
As we start our “Give Thanks” series, let’s meet with God about our circumstances today and think about how He wants us to respond to these. What does your today hold? Are you grateful in it? Don’t wait for Thanksgiving to give thanks!  
God, what are you saying through this Scripture?
A “circumstance” is something that is happening in your life. This can be something good or something bad. The Bible tells us God wants us to be thankful, not just in some circumstances, but “in all circumstances.” ~ What “circumstances” are in your life today? Does it feel easy or hard to be thankful right now? Name three things you can be grateful for in today’s circumstances.  
God, why does this matter?
This Scripture matters because grateful, thankful hearts are “God’s will for you.” Gratitude is His plan for our lives! Even though we may have to deal with difficult things, it is God’s will for us to focus our hearts on what we can be grateful for today. Focusing our hearts affects the way we think, and this affects everything! ~ What are some hard things in your life right now? What does God want you to do about these? How does gratitude affect your heart? Why does thankfulness and gratitude matter?
God, What else does your word say about this?
Gratitude is a theme throughout Scripture. The book of Ephesians says we should live, “Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” (5:20 ESV) The book of Psalms says, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalms 118:24). This choice to be grateful becomes an attitude that becomes an action that affects everything about us. ~ Since God made this day, what can you “be glad” about in it?  
God, How do you want me to respond to this truth?
Thanksgiving shouldn’t just be a holiday or special event. God wants thanksgiving to be part of our lives every day, including today. No matter what our circumstances, we can worship God by giving Him praise. That doesn’t mean our circumstances will change, but gratitude today will give us hope and encouragement for tomorrow. That’s a pretty good trade-off – – – plus it gives God glory!   ~ Let’s talk about some of the blessings we are grateful for in our lives today. 
Speak Him!
In discipleship we can make God known and “Speak Him” to others!
As we meet with God and thank Him in today’s circumstances, we can make Him known by inspiring others to thank Him in the circumstances of their lives, too. Gratitude can inspire more gratitude, so let’s be grateful and encourage others to be grateful, too!  
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Up Next:  “Grateful for Salvation” 

As we continue our ‘GIVE THANKS” series, next up we’re going to talk about being grateful for God’s gift of salvation in our lives! What does this mean? Join the conversation!

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