I'm reading the book "Choosing Gratitude" by Nancy Leigh Demoss for the second time this week. It is an amazing book, and it is teaching me a lot. If you have time, you should definitely pick up this book and read it!
Here is an excerpt from Chapter 3:
"Oh Lord, please forgive me for so often being forgetful of your goodness, for acting as if I deserve anything more (or different) than what I have received, for sinfully comparing myself and my blessing with others', for being oblivious to so many expressions of your grace, and for allowing roots of pride and ingratitude to grow up in my heart.
Forgive me for the many times and ways I reflect negatively on Your character and Your goodness, by verbalizing discontentment and murmuring to others.
Grant me a spirit of true repentance and heart that is always abounding, overflowing in gratitude towards you and others."
Wow. Do i ever need to APPLY this to my life, memorize it and pray it 10 times a day. When I am cooking for picky eaters, cleaning up after babies who throw their food on the floor, get up several times in the middle of the night to tend to Brooke who is struggling with night terrors, when I feel unloved, when I start to compare, when I feel hurt. I want to be thankful to God for EVERY situation that He allows in my life. The ones that I enjoy are the easy ones to be thankful for. It is the trials that I need to give thanks to Him so that my heart will be changed and I will see that I am right in the middle of His will.
Buy the book here. I wish I could post everything that stands out to me...but that would be the entire book. so go buy it...it's a goodie. :O)