Gordon West (KidZ at Heart President/CEO) and Adam Ormord (Chief Culture Officer) welcome Aja Carr-Favors back to KidZ at Home for an honest conversation on the spiritual practice of gratitude.
Aja is a KidZ at Heart board member and an attorney for a large church denomination. She has also been appointed to the Medical Disciplinary Board for the State of Illinois. Most importantly, Aja is a mother of a delightful kindergartner.
Staying thankful (practicing gratitude deep at the core of our being) becomes an unshakable part of who we are as we fix our focus on the reality of God’s presence and how he continually cares for us. Gratitude is not found momentarily at the end of difficulty. If it is a part of who we are, it will carry us through the middle of hard things. Gratitude and stress cannot co-exist, but gratitude and peace cohabitate beautifully.
Scripture tells us, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (I Thessalonians 5:18) And that is echoed in Philippians 4:6, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.” Let's choose to give thanks to God through anything, because our God works through everything.
Take the Joy Dare (free printable) by Ann Voskamp
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