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Daily Devotional: Thanksliving (Day 26)

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Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church

Thanksliving Day 26

What a word picture these verses paint! Can you visualize someone sitting on the very precipice of the roof of their house or choosing to live in a dry, sandy, hot desert just to avoid spending time with their spouse who is bitter and complaining and quarrelsome?

These verses use the word “wife” but I choose to view that person as anyone who has an ungrateful and grumbling heart. If we expand the scope of these verses, we can see how this would apply to our workplace as well as to family relationships. No one wants to spend time around someone who is constantly complaining or grumbling. The destructive power of being bitter and difficult to live with is very potent.

But, on the flip side, if one of the blessings of a grateful heart is that we are generally happier people, it would follow that gratitude makes those who live or work with us happier too. Proverbs 16: 24 tells us “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

Do you know someone like that person who is sitting on the rooftop or is wandering in the desert? As I write this today, I think of the child in school (or the co-worker) who has trouble making friends and sits alone in the lunchroom to avoid the taunts of his classmates. He is like that person on the rooftop. What kind words can you share with them today?

Gratitude In Action

Pray for God to guard your heart and your tongue today. Whenever you choose words that are contentious, quarrelsome or critical, ask for His forgiveness and then, for the forgiveness of those to whom you spoke those words. Choose words instead that are like honeycomb and sweet to the soul.

Daily Devotions from Victory Church

The daily devotions from Victory Church are intended to help guide you through everyday life as you discover God’s purpose for you. We invite you to join our daily devotional email list by contacting us here. If you are interested in coming to visit Victory Church, we offer two Sunday Services – both traditional (8:30 AM) and contemporary (10:45 AM) – at our developing campus in the Eastlake community of Chula Vista, CA.

We hope you enjoy our various daily devotional series’ and hope to see you some Sunday soon!

Devotional Scripture

9. Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
16. Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.
Proverbs 21: 9 & 16

About the Author

[ Kay Pflueger ]

Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at