The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him. (Psalm 28:7 ESV)
This week my friend, Sherry Bitler, reminds us of the power of gratitude to change a bad day into a good one. Who of us allows “little things” to irritate and create an ever widening circle of discontent? Sherry helps us see that mundane moments are opportunities to react to those frustrations through the grid of gratitude. The more we practice “living gratefully” the more likely gratitude will show up when life takes an unexpected turn.
Sherry’s life includes all the ups and downs of staying home with four little ones, traveling with high schoolers as a marching band parent, leading PTA, and teaching Sunday School. Sherry started a traditional Christian School and led a homeschooling group of over 200 students until she received a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis that forced her to leave a church staff position she loved, and much more. You can hear more about Sherry’s Multiple Sclerosis journey by listening to our conversation with her in our MARKINC.org Help & Hope audio library. Sherry loves being Butch’s bride and Grammie to twelve grandchildren. A few years ago her family encouraged her to record her perspective on life in her blog Grateful Grammie. I depend on people like Sherry to shine the light of Jesus on those places where I’ve lost my way. I know her words will encourage you to choose gratitude instead of discontentment, especially in those challenging moments of life.
Treasured by Him,
As you join your church family for worship, look around the congregation and thank God for each person who has touched your life over the years. Ask Him to plant Scripture from the message or the words of a friend in your heart so that you are better equipped to push life through the grid of gratitude this week.