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  • - Stop and give me ten (laughs),
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  • and we're not talking about push-ups.
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  • What are you thankful for right now?
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  • Come on, let's talk about it.
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  • (light music)
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  • - Sometimes I think one of the hardest times to be thankful
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  • is in our present
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  • because it can be fun to look back
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  • and be grateful for all the things
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  • that have happened in the past,
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  • or even maybe, I don't know, maybe that's easier to do
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  • than to really think about
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  • how we can be grateful right now in this present.
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  • A verse that's really been ministering to me is Matthew 7:7,
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  • "Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find,
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  • "knock and the door will be opened to you."
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  • It's ultimately about God's provision,
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  • that when we ask for these things and seek these things
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  • he's faithful to provide,
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  • but what's really convicting me recently
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  • is that idea of seeking and finding.
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  • Of course I don't have gratitude
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  • 'cause I'm seeking all these negative things in my life.
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  • If I was focusing on all the things that were going right,
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  • if I was focusing on all the things that God has given me,
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  • if I was focusing on all the things
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  • that I have to be thankful for, I would find gratitude.
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  • If I was seeking things to be grateful for
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  • I'd find gratitude,
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  • but if I am seeking what this person's doing wrong
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  • or what I don't have, or what they're doing wrong,
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  • I will find that too.
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  • I can always find the most terrible things in any scenario
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  • if that's what I'm seeking.
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  • I can always find the best things in any scenario
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  • if that's what I'm seeking.
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  • And that's really been convicting me of,
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  • how can I be grateful in my present?
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  • That's not clear, that's not cut and dry,
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  • that there is no handbook for,
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  • I'm not looking at it in hindsight, to think,
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  • I think this might be a focus issue.
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  • I think this might not be necessarily a heart issue,
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  • I love Jesus, I think this is a focus issue,
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  • what am I focusing on?
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  • Because that is what I'm fighting.
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  • - And an awareness issue,
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  • you know, all the ask and seek passages
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  • are connected with the parable of the dad
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  • that's in bed with his kids, do y'all remember that?
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  • And it's the guy knocking on the door, the stranger,
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  • asking for bread.
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  • And we always think those passages are about
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  • kinda knocking harder, persistent prayer,
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  • and you're like, well that's one fruit from that passage
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  • but the core of that passage is we're the children,
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  • we're represented in that symbolism parabolically,
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  • we're the kids of God, where is God in relation to his kids?
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  • He's right there.
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  • They shared a family bed in the first century,
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  • and so the kids don't have to go outside
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  • and bang on the door
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  • to ask for a cup of water, Dad's right there.
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  • And so, I think it's an awareness issue.
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  • It's, we don't have to bang on the door, God is with us.
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  • So to me, to be grateful about the present
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  • is completely dependent on us being aware of his presence.
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  • - Right, that's good.
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  • Being in awe of him.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - I think helps you to be at peace
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  • no matter where you find yourself
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  • and that's a challenge two ways.
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  • It's a challenge for us just to live in the moment,
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  • lest alone be grateful in the moment.
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  • - [Lisa] Yeah, yeah.
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  • - Because we're so busy.
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  • We're so busy and I think prayer helps us
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  • to evaluate our lives,
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  • it helps us to be aware of the presence of God,
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  • but also, are we out of balance?
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  • You know?
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  • And I think, probably all of us,
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  • but I know, with my lifestyle,
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  • you're always preparing for what's coming.
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  • You finish this and I have to really check myself and say,
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  • "Okay, let's just be in the moment right now."
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  • - I think we can be so future focused
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  • that we miss the beauty that we're in right now.
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  • Missy helps me with that.
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  • I tend to be a burn the candle at both ends kinda girl,
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  • and sometimes Missy will just help me.
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  • Missy is more of an in the moment kinda kid.
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  • And a couple of weeks ago she actually,
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  • I don't even remember what we were talking about,
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  • but she went, "Mama, will you please put down your phone?"
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  • And it was just this kind of arresting question
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  • and I realized, what she was saying is,
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  • "Will you please look at me?"
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  • "Will you please listen to me?"
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  • "Will you pleas be in the moment?"
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  • And I just said, "Oh baby, I'm so sorry",
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  • and I put my phone down.
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  • And so, I think we miss the beauty of the moment
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  • if we're not fully engaged in the moment.
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  • Of course we prepare for tomorrow, we pray about tomorrow,
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  • but the Bible says,
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  • "Tomorrow has enough trouble of it's own".
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  • Being present right now is also showing that we trust
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  • that God is sovereign and he orders our steps.
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  • When I try to order my own steps, man it's chaos,
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  • but when I trust, "Okay, I've used the wisdom he's given me,
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  • "I've prayed, I've used the gifts he's given me
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  • "to prepare for the future,
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  • "and now let me enjoy his presence,
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  • "let me enjoy what he has for me today, in this moment."
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  • I have much more wholeness.
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  • You know, when God talks about the gifts he's given them,
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  • shalom is one of the things he talks about in the Bible
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  • and we translate that as peace,
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  • but it's actually a bigger word.
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  • In the economy of God it means wholeness,
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  • it means 360 degree wholeness.
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  • So you have peace, you have presence of mind,
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  • you actually are engaged with the people
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  • that God has set in front of you right then.
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  • And I wanna live
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  • in the light of that moment he's carved out for me.
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  • Tomorrow isn't promised for me,
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  • so I want to live fully present in today.
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  • So I don't know, I think we carry gratitude with us
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  • at all times if we have Christ.
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  • Sometimes we express it better than others,
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  • sometimes we're more cognizant
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  • of how much God loves us more than others,
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  • and I think a way that we can discipline ourselves is to go,
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  • "Okay, let me be fully present today."
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  • "Let me put my phone down when I'm with my family."
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  • "Let me actually look at the girl behind the coffee counter
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  • "and say thank you eye to eye when she hands me my coffee."
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  • I think to be fully present
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  • is to present an engaged savior to the world
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  • instead of some far away, preoccupied God.
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  • If we are present with culture
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  • I think that actually reflects the kindness
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  • and the grace of God.
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  • - For me right now in my life, with having four kids,
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  • three teenagers, two careers, life is just running.
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  • It is, we are, all of us, everyone, we're all just,
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  • we have our to-do lists,
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  • that I think for me in the present, I can get so caught up
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  • in what I need to do just for the day to happen,
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  • that I don't spend that time being grateful.
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  • But I notice that when I do spend the time,
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  • as in more grateful, is when I have started in the morning.
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  • - [CeCe] That's right.
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  • - It's a mindset and awareness
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  • where I have started my day to say,
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  • "I'm going to choose gratefulness in this moment
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  • "and in this day."
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  • Your mind shifts for the day
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  • and I need that, I need that reminder.
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  • - And I have a friend who goes on the road with me a lot
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  • and we were recently in Texas,
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  • and it had just been one of those booger of a travel days.
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  • You know, our flight was delayed, we finally get there,
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  • the rental car we had rented was not there
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  • and they're like, "Oh, we're sorry, it will be an hour."
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  • It was just one of those, just hard travel days,
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  • and I said something in cloaked probably in Christianity
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  • that was really grumpy, and she just looked at me and went,
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  • "Stop and give me 10."
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  • And the people around us were like,
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  • "Is she like, are y'all in the military?"
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  • But I knew immediately what she was asking
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  • as we had talked about, it I went,
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  • "We actually made it to Texas,
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  • "I get to talk about Jesus for a living",
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  • and I just had to say 10 things in that moment--
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  • - I love that.
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  • - I was grateful for and she just is like,
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  • "Let's do stop and give me 10's to each other
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  • "when we're on the road."
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  • So it's not just my quiet time that morning,
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  • it's right then in that moment, stop and give me 10
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  • and I'll be like, "Wow they had a Starbucks
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  • "right next to our gate, I got a mocha."
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  • Even if it seems flipping,
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  • you're just reminding yourself
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  • that every good and perfect gift is from the Lord
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  • and usually there's so many more gifts,
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  • even when we're in a--
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  • - You're missing them.
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  • - Time that's hard, it's like, "Oh my goodness,
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  • "I got to fly here, I didn't have to walk to Texas."
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  • There's so many positive things.
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  • - I'm gonna do that with my kids,
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  • I'm gonna do 10 push-ups first
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  • and then 10 things you're grateful for.
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  • - My spirit bears witness with that, I think that's good.
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  • - I think that's really, really good,
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  • 'cause I think a lot of times we feel like
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  • we automatically are gonna be grateful,
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  • once we receive Jesus.
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  • I think a lot of times,
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  • I guess maybe we don't teach it enough,
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  • the renewing of the mind.
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  • You know, you come to the Lord, you're spirit is changed
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  • but you're mind needs to be ready
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  • and it's a constant renewing.
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  • And so, practical ways, I think a lot of times, women,
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  • we give up if we don't think we have it naturally.
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  • - Right, right.
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  • - But like you said, it's discipline that you put in place.
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  • - Say more of that.
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  • - Practical things that you put in place.
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  • I think that is a great tool that everybody should use,
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  • give me 10.
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  • - And from a friend to say that to you.
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  • You know there's people taking care of their parents,
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  • and there's people in the hospitals,
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  • and there's a lot going on in a lot of people's lives,
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  • but I'm so thankful to God
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  • because he always gives us something to be thankful for.
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  • And if you'll just count your blessings,
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  • name them one by one, the whole atmosphere changes.
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  • - That's powerful about how in every season
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  • there's something going on.
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  • We don't make it to this place here on earth,
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  • where we're not taking care of anybody, and nobody needs us,
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  • and we've got it all figured out.
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  • All the finances are in order,
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  • and all relationships are in order,
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  • and everything's in order.
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  • And so, for you to keep waiting for that to be grateful,
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  • you will miss out on the whole point.
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  • - Oh yeah, that's good.
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  • - You're gonna completely miss out on your life.
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  • Like you said, in this season,
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  • but then once that situation is healed--
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  • - Something else is coming, guaranteed.
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  • - [Lisa] Wack-a-mole.
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  • - Yep, and it's up to you how you're gonna respond to it,
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  • are you gonna respond in gratitude,
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  • are you gonna respond in worship,
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  • or are you gonna respond in being upset
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  • about all of these things are happening?
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  • - Life is not easy, we all go through challenges,
  • 00:10:21.240 --> 00:10:26.100
  • and we all have a choice in the midst of those challenges.
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  • Either we can trust God, or we can try to do it our own way.
  • 00:10:30.280 --> 00:10:35.060
  • And trust me, when you do it your own way,
  • 00:10:35.060 --> 00:10:37.160
  • you're gonna continue to experience defeat,
  • 00:10:37.160 --> 00:10:41.120
  • you're gonna continue to experience depression,
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  • or fear, or whatever you're challenges are.
  • 00:10:46.110 --> 00:10:49.060
  • You get the victory through choosing to do it God's way,
  • 00:10:50.210 --> 00:10:55.020
  • choosing to have faith in his word,
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  • not in how you feel or what you think,
  • 00:10:57.000 --> 00:10:59.210
  • 'cause God's ways are not like our ways,
  • 00:10:59.210 --> 00:11:02.030
  • his thoughts are not like our thoughts.
  • 00:11:02.030 --> 00:11:04.010
  • And so, it's important that we submit to the word of God
  • 00:11:04.010 --> 00:11:06.110
  • and it's through that submission, through the word of God
  • 00:11:06.110 --> 00:11:09.060
  • that you can choose to be grateful.
  • 00:11:09.060 --> 00:11:12.120
  • He said, "Give thanks in all things, in all situations."
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  • You're not thanking him
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  • for what you're experiencing right now,
  • 00:11:17.120 --> 00:11:19.080
  • but you're thanking him because of who he is,
  • 00:11:19.080 --> 00:11:21.110
  • knowing that he's faithful and he's just to forgive,
  • 00:11:21.110 --> 00:11:24.170
  • he's faithful and just that he will bring you through
  • 00:11:24.170 --> 00:11:27.170
  • whatever you're facing.
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  • And I think that's part of bringing heaven to earth,
  • 00:11:30.120 --> 00:11:33.100
  • being grateful,
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  • because we won't get to heaven till we get to heaven.
  • 00:11:34.230 --> 00:11:37.110
  • So until we get there,
  • 00:11:37.110 --> 00:11:39.020
  • we will face trials and tribulations, I guarantee you.
  • 00:11:39.020 --> 00:11:42.080
  • You say, "When I'm in my twenties,
  • 00:11:42.080 --> 00:11:43.180
  • "you're gonna go through striving,
  • 00:11:43.180 --> 00:11:45.160
  • "you're gonna go through something in your forties."
  • 00:11:45.160 --> 00:11:47.020
  • - And then you're gonna lose your metabolism baby.
  • 00:11:47.020 --> 00:11:50.040
  • - I was with my Mom the other day, who's 82 now, 83,
  • 00:11:50.040 --> 00:11:54.040
  • and she's just still one of the coolest people
  • 00:11:54.040 --> 00:11:55.180
  • - Yes she is.
  • 00:11:55.180 --> 00:11:56.250
  • - And I'm like, "Mom, how are you?"
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  • She said, "Oh I just wanna keep loving the Lord."
  • 00:11:58.120 --> 00:12:01.070
  • Still facing trials and tribulations, but so cool with it
  • 00:12:01.070 --> 00:12:04.170
  • because she's chosen to take the higher road.
  • 00:12:04.170 --> 00:12:07.120
  • And as we walk in the word,
  • 00:12:07.120 --> 00:12:09.100
  • it's not that the storms don't come,
  • 00:12:09.100 --> 00:12:11.060
  • but now we're able to rise above the storm.
  • 00:12:11.060 --> 00:12:14.130
  • - Connect with us on social media
  • 00:12:16.240 --> 00:12:18.150
  • and tell us what you are thankful for.
  • 00:12:18.150 --> 00:12:20.080
  • - We can't wait to hear from you.
  • 00:12:20.080 --> 00:12:21.280
  • - I think one of the hardest times to be grateful too,
  • 00:12:24.150 --> 00:12:26.210
  • in the present, is when we're in the waiting.
  • 00:12:26.210 --> 00:12:29.030
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:12:29.030 --> 00:12:30.170
  • - Whatever it might be, I think we have all had seasons,
  • 00:12:30.170 --> 00:12:33.150
  • we can be in one right now,
  • 00:12:33.150 --> 00:12:35.170
  • of just, you know there's something on the other side.
  • 00:12:35.170 --> 00:12:38.140
  • Maybe it's a job change,
  • 00:12:38.140 --> 00:12:39.280
  • or bringing a child home through adoption,
  • 00:12:39.280 --> 00:12:42.190
  • or prayerfully waiting and hoping
  • 00:12:42.190 --> 00:12:44.280
  • that maybe God allows you to get married,
  • 00:12:44.280 --> 00:12:46.290
  • whatever it might be, fill in the blank.
  • 00:12:46.290 --> 00:12:49.170
  • A diagnosis, just that waiting time is a hard time,
  • 00:12:49.170 --> 00:12:54.150
  • but I think, for me, what I've learned in the waiting
  • 00:12:54.150 --> 00:12:56.230
  • is that I don't get to just choose
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  • to be grateful at the end.
  • 00:12:59.120 --> 00:13:00.240
  • - That's right.
  • 00:13:00.240 --> 00:13:02.090
  • - For two reasons, number one, like you just said,
  • 00:13:02.090 --> 00:13:04.060
  • we miss an entire season of blessings
  • 00:13:04.060 --> 00:13:06.220
  • and the second reason is we're not guaranteed the end.
  • 00:13:06.220 --> 00:13:09.180
  • And so, if I'm gonna choose
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  • that I'm only gonna be grateful when this happens,
  • 00:13:11.010 --> 00:13:13.220
  • what did I miss out on?
  • 00:13:13.220 --> 00:13:15.080
  • - You put off so much, you put off your joy,
  • 00:13:15.080 --> 00:13:18.060
  • you put off all of that stuff.
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  • When that's mine today, what God is to me right now.
  • 00:13:20.070 --> 00:13:25.060
  • - That's right now.
  • 00:13:25.280 --> 00:13:26.260
  • - Right here in this present,
  • 00:13:26.260 --> 00:13:28.030
  • where can I go from the presence of the Lord?
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  • If I make my bed in hell, there you are.
  • 00:13:30.200 --> 00:13:33.070
  • To realize that Jesus is in it with us.
  • 00:13:33.070 --> 00:13:36.280
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:13:36.280 --> 00:13:38.040
  • - All the time, everyday, you know,
  • 00:13:38.040 --> 00:13:39.170
  • I don't want to be a doubting Thomas that says,
  • 00:13:39.170 --> 00:13:42.000
  • "Well I'll believe if or when I see."
  • 00:13:42.000 --> 00:13:46.230
  • I think we just miss out on a lot
  • 00:13:46.230 --> 00:13:48.140
  • when we're not grateful for his presence in this right now,
  • 00:13:48.140 --> 00:13:52.290
  • that God you are with me
  • 00:13:52.290 --> 00:13:54.070
  • and I know that I will see the promise of God.
  • 00:13:54.070 --> 00:13:57.070
  • - Because in his presence there's fullness of joy.
  • 00:13:57.070 --> 00:14:00.240
  • - And the way we get into his presence
  • 00:14:00.240 --> 00:14:02.260
  • is you enter with thanksgiving in your heart,
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  • I'll enter your courts with praise.
  • 00:14:05.170 --> 00:14:08.210
  • The Bible says, "You'll enter his gates with thanksgiving."
  • 00:14:08.210 --> 00:14:13.010
  • So I think that the minute
  • 00:14:13.010 --> 00:14:14.100
  • you start thanking the Lord for his goodness,
  • 00:14:14.100 --> 00:14:16.250
  • that's why we open up in prayer, you know,
  • 00:14:16.250 --> 00:14:19.240
  • "Our father, thank you for this day,
  • 00:14:19.240 --> 00:14:23.070
  • "thank you for you're goodness, thank you for your mercy."
  • 00:14:23.070 --> 00:14:26.100
  • That's how we get in, that's our ticket in.
  • 00:14:26.100 --> 00:14:30.040
  • Our gratefulness, our thanksgiving
  • 00:14:30.040 --> 00:14:32.170
  • is what gets us into the presence.
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  • You take that step, you say so,
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  • you let it out of your mouth,
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  • and you know what?
  • 00:14:39.030 --> 00:14:40.180
  • Then you become aware of his presence because, David said,
  • 00:14:40.180 --> 00:14:45.140
  • "Where can I go from the presence of the Lord?"
  • 00:14:46.190 --> 00:14:49.090
  • It's all there for us, we just have to make ourself aware
  • 00:14:50.280 --> 00:14:53.220
  • and through thanksgiving,
  • 00:14:53.220 --> 00:14:55.210
  • then we become aware of the presence of the Lord.
  • 00:14:55.210 --> 00:14:58.220
  • - I was in California recently
  • 00:14:58.220 --> 00:15:01.210
  • and just during a hard season.
  • 00:15:01.210 --> 00:15:03.190
  • And I was going in for a massage
  • 00:15:03.190 --> 00:15:06.110
  • and I kinda legitimized it by
  • 00:15:06.110 --> 00:15:08.110
  • I'm single, nobody rubs on me, I'm gonna pay for it.
  • 00:15:08.110 --> 00:15:12.040
  • But I have, you know how sometimes
  • 00:15:12.040 --> 00:15:13.280
  • you'll carry so much stuff in your mind
  • 00:15:13.280 --> 00:15:15.060
  • that you can't even relax
  • 00:15:15.060 --> 00:15:16.200
  • 'cause your mind, there's just too many hamster wheels.
  • 00:15:16.200 --> 00:15:19.230
  • And the girl was real gracious,
  • 00:15:19.230 --> 00:15:21.220
  • and the person that was doing a massage on me
  • 00:15:21.220 --> 00:15:23.220
  • was running late, and she said,
  • 00:15:23.220 --> 00:15:25.080
  • "You know, I just want to usher you into this area,
  • 00:15:25.080 --> 00:15:27.060
  • "and we've got tea", and they had the, you know,
  • 00:15:27.060 --> 00:15:29.130
  • all the yummy smellys going
  • 00:15:29.130 --> 00:15:30.290
  • and I was the only person there,
  • 00:15:30.290 --> 00:15:32.130
  • and I felt myself just, my mind just begin to slow down.
  • 00:15:32.130 --> 00:15:37.060
  • And I was sitting there going,
  • 00:15:38.020 --> 00:15:39.160
  • "Oh, I actually needed to be prepared to relax."
  • 00:15:39.160 --> 00:15:44.090
  • Hebrews says, "You have to work hard to enter his rest."
  • 00:15:45.210 --> 00:15:48.020
  • And I thought, "That's what God does when I'm waiting."
  • 00:15:48.020 --> 00:15:53.020
  • When I can't see his hand, I don't see the miracle yet,
  • 00:15:54.150 --> 00:15:57.230
  • it's actually not stagnate,
  • 00:15:57.230 --> 00:16:00.120
  • basically, if I would lean into, trust him,
  • 00:16:00.120 --> 00:16:03.270
  • that he's always with me, it's the sweetest spot.
  • 00:16:03.270 --> 00:16:06.280
  • I've got the fluffy robe, lavender is all over the room,
  • 00:16:06.280 --> 00:16:10.250
  • because he's preparing me for the miracles.
  • 00:16:10.250 --> 00:16:14.200
  • So instead of thinking of waiting as a punishment,
  • 00:16:14.200 --> 00:16:17.190
  • think of it as a perk,
  • 00:16:17.190 --> 00:16:19.240
  • I didn't have to pay for that part of the massage,
  • 00:16:19.240 --> 00:16:22.190
  • but I still had that wonderful moment
  • 00:16:22.190 --> 00:16:24.270
  • because I think there's such great blessings in the waiting,
  • 00:16:24.270 --> 00:16:29.060
  • but we just see it as an ellipses
  • 00:16:29.060 --> 00:16:31.110
  • and going from one thing to the next instead of going,
  • 00:16:31.110 --> 00:16:33.220
  • "Wow, in that place is such sweet communion."
  • 00:16:33.220 --> 00:16:36.210
  • - Gratitude in the waiting season is totally necessary
  • 00:16:38.220 --> 00:16:43.050
  • because it's not about the time,
  • 00:16:45.080 --> 00:16:47.210
  • but it's about how you wait.
  • 00:16:47.210 --> 00:16:49.240
  • And when you wait with thanksgiving,
  • 00:16:49.240 --> 00:16:52.090
  • then you can wait with joy.
  • 00:16:52.090 --> 00:16:54.120
  • When you wait with thanksgiving you can wait with peace.
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  • When you wait with thanksgiving you an wait with confidence
  • 00:16:58.000 --> 00:17:01.090
  • in knowing that the God who began the work
  • 00:17:01.090 --> 00:17:03.110
  • will finish the work.
  • 00:17:03.110 --> 00:17:04.270
  • And so, it has everything to do with your attitude,
  • 00:17:04.270 --> 00:17:07.270
  • with your expectations.
  • 00:17:07.270 --> 00:17:09.230
  • Gratitude keeps you elevated
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  • and in the frame of mind that God is faithful.
  • 00:17:12.000 --> 00:17:16.030
  • So, while you wait, continue to thank God.
  • 00:17:16.030 --> 00:17:21.030
  • - I remember, years ago,
  • 00:17:21.080 --> 00:17:22.160
  • I was touring as a spoken word artist
  • 00:17:22.160 --> 00:17:24.130
  • and I was living in hotel rooms and guest rooms
  • 00:17:24.130 --> 00:17:27.100
  • for four and a half years, fully without an address.
  • 00:17:27.100 --> 00:17:30.010
  • Really thought I was saying yes
  • 00:17:30.010 --> 00:17:31.070
  • to the call of God on my life,
  • 00:17:31.070 --> 00:17:32.210
  • though at the time it didn't look clear, seem clear,
  • 00:17:32.210 --> 00:17:36.030
  • but I was really lonely.
  • 00:17:36.030 --> 00:17:37.210
  • I battled terrible loneliness and I remember thinking,
  • 00:17:37.210 --> 00:17:40.010
  • "How much of this is part of the call
  • 00:17:40.010 --> 00:17:41.200
  • "and how much of this is my own walls?"
  • 00:17:41.200 --> 00:17:43.280
  • Trying to figure out what part of this is right.
  • 00:17:43.280 --> 00:17:46.030
  • And you know, thinking, my friends got married,
  • 00:17:46.030 --> 00:17:48.120
  • I was a couple of years out of college,
  • 00:17:48.120 --> 00:17:50.060
  • all my friends were getting married, some were having kids,
  • 00:17:50.060 --> 00:17:51.260
  • people had defined careers,
  • 00:17:51.260 --> 00:17:53.150
  • not doing this crazy thing that still didn't make sense.
  • 00:17:53.150 --> 00:17:56.280
  • And I remember being on my knees at a twin size bed
  • 00:17:56.280 --> 00:18:01.260
  • in a guest room of a family's house
  • 00:18:01.260 --> 00:18:03.070
  • in a state I'd never been at before,
  • 00:18:03.070 --> 00:18:04.230
  • 'cause I was preaching at their church that weekend.
  • 00:18:04.230 --> 00:18:06.110
  • On my knees saying, I'm praying,
  • 00:18:06.110 --> 00:18:08.240
  • "Would you bring me a husband,
  • 00:18:08.240 --> 00:18:10.010
  • "would you bring me Christian friends,
  • 00:18:10.010 --> 00:18:11.200
  • "would you show me anybody else in this field
  • 00:18:11.200 --> 00:18:13.130
  • "that would understand, would you bring me anything?"
  • 00:18:13.130 --> 00:18:15.230
  • You know, begging for all these relationships,
  • 00:18:15.230 --> 00:18:17.180
  • specifically a husband, I'm like, "Lord".
  • 00:18:17.180 --> 00:18:21.150
  • And I just remember feeling from the Lord,
  • 00:18:21.150 --> 00:18:23.290
  • "It won't always be this way, just me and you."
  • 00:18:23.290 --> 00:18:27.020
  • "It won't always be this way."
  • 00:18:27.020 --> 00:18:28.280
  • And I remember feeling like, he's also jealous for me
  • 00:18:28.280 --> 00:18:32.070
  • in this season that it's just me and him,
  • 00:18:32.070 --> 00:18:34.000
  • and I'm gonna get friends along the way, they're gonna come.
  • 00:18:34.000 --> 00:18:36.130
  • And I'm gonna have partners along the way,
  • 00:18:36.130 --> 00:18:38.030
  • I'm gonna have a family along the way,
  • 00:18:38.030 --> 00:18:39.270
  • but it won't always be this way.
  • 00:18:39.270 --> 00:18:42.010
  • So on my knees on this twin sized bed,
  • 00:18:42.010 --> 00:18:44.030
  • "Lord, it's just me and you."
  • 00:18:44.030 --> 00:18:45.170
  • And it was just me and the Lord for a few years.
  • 00:18:45.170 --> 00:18:47.130
  • - And it's that question, "Am I enough for you?"
  • 00:18:47.130 --> 00:18:49.210
  • - Am I enough for you in this season
  • 00:18:49.210 --> 00:18:51.060
  • and in this season that I'm in now, just me and my husband,
  • 00:18:51.060 --> 00:18:53.120
  • we don't have kids, it won't always be this way.
  • 00:18:53.120 --> 00:18:55.260
  • Will I just be thankful for what's happening right now
  • 00:18:55.260 --> 00:18:58.240
  • with me and my husband and the Lord.
  • 00:18:58.240 --> 00:19:00.110
  • It won't always be this way, I'll never forget that
  • 00:19:00.110 --> 00:19:02.170
  • and some of the struggles I'm in now in my ministry,
  • 00:19:02.170 --> 00:19:05.030
  • and the things that we're going through, it's like,
  • 00:19:05.030 --> 00:19:07.090
  • "Lord it won't always be this way,
  • 00:19:07.090 --> 00:19:08.170
  • "where I get to know who you are
  • 00:19:08.170 --> 00:19:10.260
  • "and how you are in these seasons,
  • 00:19:10.260 --> 00:19:13.100
  • "don't let me take that for granted."
  • 00:19:13.100 --> 00:19:15.210
  • - I think we need to trust God
  • 00:19:15.210 --> 00:19:17.120
  • that he knows what's best for us
  • 00:19:17.120 --> 00:19:19.270
  • and that he sees the beginning to the end of our life.
  • 00:19:19.270 --> 00:19:24.070
  • A lot of times we are looking for something,
  • 00:19:24.070 --> 00:19:28.090
  • we're aiming at something, we have a goal for something
  • 00:19:28.090 --> 00:19:32.140
  • and it might not work out like that,
  • 00:19:32.140 --> 00:19:35.020
  • but you know what?
  • 00:19:35.020 --> 00:19:35.290
  • We've got to trust God
  • 00:19:35.290 --> 00:19:37.170
  • and know that his plan is better than our plan
  • 00:19:37.170 --> 00:19:40.200
  • and being grateful in that season of time of getting there
  • 00:19:40.200 --> 00:19:45.190
  • because he is working it out for your good
  • 00:19:45.190 --> 00:19:48.130
  • and it is going to be better than we thought.
  • 00:19:48.130 --> 00:19:52.180
  • Most of the time he never does it
  • 00:19:52.180 --> 00:19:55.230
  • the way I think he's supposed to do it,
  • 00:19:55.230 --> 00:19:57.090
  • and the way I think I have it all planned out,
  • 00:19:57.090 --> 00:20:00.090
  • but you know what, he does.
  • 00:20:00.090 --> 00:20:01.210
  • - I read, when I knew we were gonna be studying on gratitude
  • 00:20:03.040 --> 00:20:04.240
  • I just thought,
  • 00:20:04.240 --> 00:20:06.010
  • I want to know about the science of gratitude.
  • 00:20:06.010 --> 00:20:07.240
  • And I was kinda surprised
  • 00:20:07.240 --> 00:20:09.000
  • that the Templeton Foundation did a study
  • 00:20:09.000 --> 00:20:11.030
  • on the science of gratitude.
  • 00:20:11.030 --> 00:20:13.230
  • So these are physicists, psychologists,
  • 00:20:13.230 --> 00:20:17.050
  • and this has been proven, I thought this was so cool.
  • 00:20:17.050 --> 00:20:19.250
  • People with higher gratitude levels
  • 00:20:19.250 --> 00:20:21.140
  • show more activity in the hypothalamus
  • 00:20:21.140 --> 00:20:23.190
  • which leads to improved sleep, less physical discomfort,
  • 00:20:23.190 --> 00:20:26.190
  • and lower stress and anxiety.
  • 00:20:26.190 --> 00:20:28.160
  • Again, this is not a Christian study.
  • 00:20:28.160 --> 00:20:30.050
  • People who practice gratitude are less vulnerable
  • 00:20:30.050 --> 00:20:33.190
  • to depression, either mild or clinical.
  • 00:20:33.190 --> 00:20:36.120
  • Gratitude in the workplace
  • 00:20:36.120 --> 00:20:38.010
  • increases both productivity and happiness,
  • 00:20:38.010 --> 00:20:40.220
  • and finally, I thought this was so interesting,
  • 00:20:40.220 --> 00:20:43.150
  • gratitude was the number one contributor,
  • 00:20:43.150 --> 00:20:46.280
  • when they did studies regarding resilience
  • 00:20:46.280 --> 00:20:50.020
  • following the terrorist attacks
  • 00:20:50.020 --> 00:20:52.150
  • on September 11th in America.
  • 00:20:52.150 --> 00:20:54.270
  • - Wow.
  • 00:20:54.270 --> 00:20:56.060
  • - Gratitude, when they studied the survivors
  • 00:20:56.060 --> 00:20:57.280
  • and those who had lost loved ones in September 11th,
  • 00:20:57.280 --> 00:21:02.090
  • gratitude was what they said
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  • was the single most thing that led to their resilience,
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  • being able to continue on.
  • 00:21:07.210 --> 00:21:09.170
  • - I mean that is, like you say, this is science,
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  • that is God's word, that's what gratitude does for us.
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  • And you're talking about the survivors of this attack, wow.
  • 00:21:14.140 --> 00:21:18.210
  • - Well, you think about it,
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  • so we have a death in the family,
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  • but for someone to instantly say,
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  • "Look what we got to experience",
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  • instead of, "look at what we've lost."
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  • When we say, "Look how faithful God was
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  • "to put them in our life."
  • 00:21:32.230 --> 00:21:34.170
  • - It's funny you say that, because it brings me
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  • to when I lost my second oldest brother, Ronald.
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  • And we were all, my whole family, it's a big family,
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  • we were all gathered around and he took his last breath
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  • and my father's hands went up.
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  • - Wow.
  • 00:21:48.220 --> 00:21:50.070
  • - And I'll never forget that, he went right into worship
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  • and he said those same words,
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  • "Lord we're so grateful that we had Ronald
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  • "for the time that we had him."
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  • And he just looked at all of us like,
  • 00:21:59.130 --> 00:22:01.130
  • "What are you operating?"
  • 00:22:01.130 --> 00:22:03.110
  • But it's true, in your darkest times,
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  • when we go right into worship, being thankful,
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  • it gives you the strength to go on.
  • 00:22:13.150 --> 00:22:15.050
  • - David did it, his baby died at eight days old.
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  • He mourned and he prayed,
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  • and then once the baby was with the Lord,
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  • just, I'll worship in that moment.
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  • I love that, but boy to be a person like that
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  • with a heart that's so immediate grateful.
  • 00:22:31.180 --> 00:22:36.020
  • - I remember a few years ago,
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  • I was coming out of a painful season
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  • and I was praying for healing, I was praying for closure,
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  • I was praying for breakthrough in my life.
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  • And I was attending a conference,
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  • and I remember just praying,
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  • "God would you finally give me that closure,
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  • "would you give me that breakthrough?"
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  • And then I was seated in a section surrounded by people
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  • that represented that painful situation for me.
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  • I was surrounded by people
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  • who I didn't think I'd see at this event,
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  • people that were reminders
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  • of that painful season in my life,
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  • and as I sat there I thought,
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  • this was the opposite of what I was praying for.
  • 00:23:09.160 --> 00:23:12.290
  • And in that moment, looking to my left and my right
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  • and the situation I was surrounded in, I realized,
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  • as the worship leader came on stage
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  • and we were all asked to stand,
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  • that I was called to worship God in the middle of situations
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  • that maybe were not ideal.
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  • That I was called to worship God
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  • in the middle sometimes of painful situations
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  • and that sometimes we're not gonna get the closure we want,
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  • or the healing we want, or the conversations we so long for.
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  • Sometimes, even in the middle of the dirt, God is saying,
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  • "Will you worship me now?"
  • 00:23:42.040 --> 00:23:43.270
  • "Will you worship me here?"
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  • "Will you worship me despite the dirt?"
  • 00:23:45.070 --> 00:23:46.240
  • "Will you worship me in the middle of the dirt?"
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  • "Will you worship me even if
  • 00:23:48.210 --> 00:23:49.290
  • "those conversations never come to pass
  • 00:23:49.290 --> 00:23:51.250
  • "and the closure never happens?"
  • 00:23:51.250 --> 00:23:54.130
  • And it was a couple years later where I,
  • 00:23:54.130 --> 00:23:58.200
  • for the first time ever, thanked God for that season.
  • 00:23:58.200 --> 00:24:01.120
  • I wrote it down, I said,
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  • "God, thank you for that hard season,
  • 00:24:02.190 --> 00:24:04.210
  • "thank you for the lessons,
  • 00:24:04.210 --> 00:24:06.200
  • "thank you for the woman you've made me through it,
  • 00:24:06.200 --> 00:24:08.090
  • "for the man you've made my husband through it,
  • 00:24:08.090 --> 00:24:09.260
  • "thank you for those seasons, I say thank you."
  • 00:24:09.260 --> 00:24:12.210
  • And it was in that moment where I felt closure.
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  • No one else was able to give it to me,
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  • I had to worship him through it,
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  • and then I had to say thank you to him for it.
  • 00:24:18.160 --> 00:24:20.150
  • And that was ultimately what brought healing,
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  • not just happiness, but deep healing and joy,
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  • where I can speak of it and not cry too much.
  • 00:24:26.090 --> 00:24:28.210
  • But truly, it was closure.
  • 00:24:29.170 --> 00:24:31.070
  • No one else was gonna give it to me,
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  • I had to give God praise and gratitude.
  • 00:24:32.250 --> 00:24:35.080
  • - That's good.
  • 00:24:35.080 --> 00:24:36.230
  • - And I think it's good also, that reminds me to remember,
  • 00:24:36.230 --> 00:24:39.110
  • is that this world is hard.
  • 00:24:39.110 --> 00:24:41.120
  • This world is really, really hard,
  • 00:24:41.120 --> 00:24:43.000
  • but I love, in Hebrews it says, "Let us be grateful
  • 00:24:43.000 --> 00:24:46.200
  • "for receiving the kingdom that cannot be shaken,
  • 00:24:46.200 --> 00:24:48.260
  • "and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship
  • 00:24:48.260 --> 00:24:51.140
  • "with reverence and awe, for our God as a consuming fire."
  • 00:24:51.140 --> 00:24:54.260
  • And I think, "Man, we have, we can be grateful
  • 00:24:54.260 --> 00:24:58.100
  • "that everything in this world will be shaken,
  • 00:24:58.100 --> 00:25:01.120
  • "everything will go,
  • 00:25:01.120 --> 00:25:03.070
  • "but we actually serve a God that cannot be shaken."
  • 00:25:03.070 --> 00:25:06.160
  • We have this kingdom--
  • 00:25:06.160 --> 00:25:07.150
  • - [CeCe] Unchangeable.
  • 00:25:07.150 --> 00:25:08.200
  • - It is unchangeable, it is unshaken,
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  • it cannot be put to shame,
  • 00:25:09.270 --> 00:25:11.200
  • and we get, in the hardest moments of our life,
  • 00:25:11.200 --> 00:25:14.180
  • in the present, in the little moments and everything,
  • 00:25:14.180 --> 00:25:17.250
  • we can be grateful that we are apart of a kingdom
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  • that cannot be shaken.
  • 00:25:20.020 --> 00:25:21.060
  • - The opportunity in that.
  • 00:25:21.060 --> 00:25:22.190
  • - That is something worth being grateful for.
  • 00:25:22.190 --> 00:25:24.040
  • - That's right, we can be grateful for that everyday.
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  • - No matter what.
  • 00:25:27.150 --> 00:25:28.160
  • - So let's pray to that end,
  • 00:25:29.190 --> 00:25:31.050
  • especially those of us who may feel a little bit chaotic
  • 00:25:31.050 --> 00:25:34.210
  • in our minds and hearts right now,
  • 00:25:34.210 --> 00:25:36.210
  • let's pray that the presence of God,
  • 00:25:36.210 --> 00:25:39.180
  • the changeless presence of God, would become so clear to us,
  • 00:25:39.180 --> 00:25:44.070
  • that we would actually be present
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  • in our present circumstances.
  • 00:25:46.050 --> 00:25:48.230
  • So Jesus we pray right now that you would remind us
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  • that we don't have a spirit of fear,
  • 00:25:51.220 --> 00:25:53.200
  • but we have a spirit of love, and power, and a sound mind
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  • because of you.
  • 00:25:58.150 --> 00:25:59.270
  • Lord I pray that you would teach us
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  • and invade us with your spirit
  • 00:26:02.210 --> 00:26:06.070
  • so that we would learn what it is to lean on you.
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  • To not trust in ourselves, but to lean into you.
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  • Lord so that we would be able to be steadfast,
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  • that we would learn what it is to be immovable,
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  • that we would be grateful
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  • for whatever our present circumstances are,
  • 00:26:21.120 --> 00:26:23.250
  • because we know that you are the rock,
  • 00:26:23.250 --> 00:26:25.260
  • that you are our strong tower,
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  • that you are the safe place that we can rest in
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  • right here, right now.
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  • Thank you that you are for us and not against us.
  • 00:26:32.090 --> 00:26:35.100
  • Thank you that you are our front guard and our rearguard.
  • 00:26:35.100 --> 00:26:38.120
  • Lord thank you that your spirit reminds us,
  • 00:26:38.120 --> 00:26:42.050
  • we have the right to call you dad.
  • 00:26:42.050 --> 00:26:44.020
  • So Lord help us to rest
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  • and to be planted exactly where you have us in this season.
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  • We love you and we praise you Jesus, amen.
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