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Welcome to Bethesda Baptist Church

15800 Woods Edge Road    South Chesterfield, VA 23834   (804) 526-6350


It can happen quickly. Before you know it, you have eased into it with a thought, a word, or an action. A person could be one disappointment away from it. The Israelites experienced the great exodus. God miraculously delivered them from bondage and as they traveled through the wilderness on their journey to the Promise Land it happened again and again. They became ungrateful. Impatience introduced ungratefulness. Not being content with what they had, invited ungratefulness in the camp. Wanting what they wanted, when they wanted it, led to them being an ungrateful people. Having a lack of trust made room in their hearts for ungratefulness. Guess what? We also can find ourselves having ungratefulness as a welcome guest in our minds and hearts, giving it space and room to be active in our conversations and steering the things that we think, say, and do.

When we only focus on the circumstances, we can see our lives as being unsatisfactory. When we refuse to choose to focus on the ways God has blessed us, we become ungrateful people. But it is important to know that when this happens, our ungrateful attitude is toward the One who created us, provides for us, and Who is in control- God. You may have faced many disappointments. You may have been experiencing heartache from loss or maybe you are dealing with a situation that did not turn out the way you wanted it to. Maybe, just maybe, your current life situation is not what you imagined, and your living conditions may not be ideal, but it is up to you to have the right response. No matter what is going on in your life, or your life conditions, let your response be sincere thanks to God for this is the right response to His presence in your life. Paul tells us to give thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:20). Whatever we do, in word or deed, we are to do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him (Colossians 3:17).

You may be struggling because of your life situations. Take your eyes off the situations of life and look to the One who loves you with an amazing love, the One who made a way for your redemption, forgiveness, and salvation. Begin to reflect on all of the wonderful things that God has done for you. Reflect on the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made so that you may live and begin to thank God. Acknowledge the presence of God in your life today and thank Him for the work that He continues to do on your behalf. Be determined to be content and to follow God by the leading of Holy Spirit so that you can continue to live your best blessed life, not contingent upon the circumstances and conditions of your life. 

God thank You for the grace and mercy that you supply us with everyday to live our best, blessed lives. Forgive us for the times we have allowed ungratefulness to creep into our lives and please accept now our expressions of sincere gratitude. For we praise You Our Marvelous and Excellent God and we thank You for Who You are. We magnify You! We ascribe to you all the glory, honor, and praise. It is our prayer that from this day forward we will live in perpetual gratitude toward You. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Much Love,

God's Peace,

Pastor Harrison