I believe (if it is God’s plan for marriage in your life) that this MUST be true!
Contentment in life is not found in a perfect set of circumstances but by choosing to be happy in every situation.
(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind, But Now I Squint, Chattanooga , TN : AMG Publishers, 2004, 31, www.kentcrockett.com )
The grass is always greenest in the center of God’s will.
(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind, But Now I Squint, Chattanooga , TN : AMG Publishers, 2004, 29, www.kentcrockett.com )
If we compare ourselves with others, we will become either proud or discouraged—and neither is from God.
(Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, p.141, www.kentcrockett.com )
“My father had to undergo radiation treatments for throat cancer. The therapy damaged his taste buds so that he couldn’t taste food. His inability to enjoy a meal made eating a dreaded duty. The doctors told him his taste might return after the treatments were finished, but no one could say for certain.
Weeks passed, then months. Every meal became a forced feeding to keep him alive. After eating flavorless food for over a year, he sat down for dinner one evening. Reluctantly, he forced the fork inside his mouth and discovered that his taste had returned. What most people would call a bland dinner became the best meal he had eaten in his life.
Through losing his taste and then regaining it, my father learned to relish each morsel as never before. He became thankful for the ability to taste because he now had a reference point. He would never forget what it was like to eat tasteless food.
You don’t have to lose something in order to be thankful. You can develop a “taste” for your blessings by simply realizing what life would be like without them.”
(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint,Chattanooga,TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 164)
The attitude of gratitude is important for several reasons:
- Thankfulness acknowledges that God is our provider.
- Thankfulness prevents a complaining spirit.
- Thankfulness creates a positive outlook on life
- Thankfulness invites joy to dwell in our hearts.
(Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, pp. 161)