1. Thank you Rachel for giving me pause to think of things eternal rather than just immediate surroundings and circumstances that God continues to bless me with. I make a list each morning (and sometimes in evening) of 3 blessings. Today’s will be given some serious and spiritually contemplative thought.

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      Cheri, I love that – making a list of 3 blessings each morning. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, too.

  2. Love how thinking of the permanent presence of God and His promises can shift our perspective on gratitude! Thanks for these lovely reminders of God in our everyday, Rachel!

  3. Thank you for the verses especially for the being a Father one, I have had to relearn and rethink that. He is such a loving one, more than any earthly father could be.

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      Yes, Rebecca, sometimes that is hard – understanding God our Father loves us like crazy, is totally good, and would never do anything to hurt us.

  4. What a beautiful and reassuring message Rachel! God has done amazing wonders, and the more we intentionally look, the more we are astounded at His great love and care for each one of us. This was a wonderful way to spend a few Friday moments:)

  5. This is so good, Rachel … thanking God for the *permanent* things. Definitely a perspective shifter. I love yiur Scriptures. ? (I didn’t know you lived in Manhattan! At the risk of being “one more” … I dearly love NYC … have obky been twice. Would love temporary residence there so I could really get to know it! )

  6. Rachel,
    When I read this quote in your post I thought of the Israelites in the desert…and sadly I thought of myself.
    “Often, though, I find my prayers are made up more of gripes than gratitude.”
    I love your admonishion to focus on the eternal, not the temporal. Solid advice 🙂 Thanks for writing!

    ~Sherry Stahl

  7. God’s love for me never quits. His devotion never fails. He has done amazing wonders for us. Thanks Rachel, for your transparency and wisdom here. Sometimes thankfulness comes hard, so these are good reminders.

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