Enter His Gates
I encourage people to journal and, especially, to journal you prayers. Write your prayers down. There is something powerful about that. I don’t know about you, but basically my natural nature tells me to whine, to complain, and to be negative. You show me a negative person and I will show you someone who is ungrateful. My natural tendency is to do that. However, when I pray everyday, when I sync up with what God wants me to do, I always enter God’s gates, God’s presence, with thanksgiving. So I have a time in my journal where I just write down what I am thankful for. Once you start thanking God for things, you will start putting thank you on top of thank you and suddenly, it will change your entire perspective and outlook on life because you are entering his gates with thanksgiving in your heart. Thanksgiving is a sign of spiritual maturity. Very important.
Think about your kids, Moms. Kids are not naturally grateful. Let’s be honest. When was the last time your kid walked up to you and said, “Mom, thank you for carrying me around in your womb for nine months.” “Hey, Dad, thanks for affording me the opportunity to play select soccer.” That is not going to happen. Now and then it does, but not very much. The same is true spiritually. People go around saying they are spiritually mature and most people who say they are spiritually mature are really immature. Because those people who are spiritually immature are people normally who are negative, who are whining, who are complaining. Those people who are mature spiritually always have a grateful heart. They say, “Yeah, God!” It begins with God.
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