As I thought about my weekly photo with a scripture post,
I thought of my little two dollar grocery story hyacinth that is blooming happily in my dining room.
I decided it would make a cheery photo with a verse about joy,
since JOY is my word for 2014.
While I was reading various verses in the Bible about joy,
it was this not so cheery verse,
this sobering verse,
that I felt was the one I needed to post,
the one I needed to remember for myself.
Evidently, God takes a joyful attitude and a grateful heart pretty seriously.
It's not a nice option, like the whipped cream on top of the ice cream sundae.
It's essential, like healthy food and clean water.
It's a spiritual must have.
Our attitude in serving God,
our noticing and being grateful for our blessings,
is a key to walking in continued blessing and victory.
Murmuring, grumbling, complaining, and ingratitude is an open door to the enemy.
Joy and gratitude...somehow it doesn't surprise me that those two go together.