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Living in Gratitude

  Happy Wednesday! Giving thanks is my favorite form of worship. Years ago, I was taking this class on the enneagram at the church we were currently going to, and the speaker was talking about Fours (I am, of course, a Four). If you don't know what the enneagram is it's an in-depth and super accurate personality test. It's uncanny how much the enneagram gets me as a Four. But anyways, during the class there was a list of key spiritual disciplines for each type to practice or would benefit from. At the top of the Four list was gratitude. I thought that was funny and very accurate because I had been practicing gratitude for years before that. I can't remember a time when I didn't start ever single prayer I pray with thanking God for the day. Every morning when I pray, I always start out by thanking Him for the day. I'm not sure what first caused me to put such an emphasis on thankfulness in my prayers, but when I think back on it I do know there was either a ser
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