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David Staton: Can You Handle It?

Written by Staff on January 12, 2017 – 10:19 pm -

David Staton and family

David Staton and family

The Power of Being Thankful

I read an article recently about a mother who stopped to get her kids some ice cream cones. She watched her kids take the ice cream and as they took their tasty treat from the lady behind the counter, the mom noticed that not one of them offered a simple thank you. As soon as they walked out of the ice cream shop, the mother took every single ice cream cone and threw them in the trash.

The kids, obviously upset, asked why she would do such a thing. The mom explained the importance of being thankful. This may seem extreme, but that mother probably made a lasting impression on her kids about how important it is to be thankful.

We live in a self-serving, entitled, what’s in it for me society. It’s hard to find people who are truly thankful for anything. My wife and I try our best to instill thankfulness in our kids.  We do our best to make sure that “Thank You” is part of their regular vocabulary.

A great example of the power of thankfulness can be found in Luke 17: 11-19 when Jesus heals 10 people plagued with the most horrible disease of that day, leprosy. They all walked away, enjoying the healing, restoration and freedom they thought they would never see again, yet only one of them turns around to thank Jesus, who so graciously had just made them whole again.

David Staton and familyNot long ago, someone asked me a question that I think every Christian should answer. The question was, “If you could be any kind of Christian, what kind of person would you be?” I had never been asked that before, but after thinking about it, I answered.  I would want to be the kind of Christian, that should scripture continue to be written for future generations, my name would be mentioned.  

I would want my faith to be so strong, that demons tremble when I walk into a room, and I would allow God to use me in such a way that I would not just be a footnote, or lumped into a generalized context.

What kind of monumental thing would you have to do to be mentioned in scripture? This one leper was worth being mentioned simply because he was thankful! Wow! Let that sink in for a minute. A simple “Thank You” was enough to get you mentioned in scripture. There was enough power in a simple thank you, to have the Son of God point you out of a crowd.

Think about the people in your life that give you so much. Think about your kids who love you unconditionally, or your wife who supports you and pours so much into you and your kids. Think about the employer that believes in you enough to continually give you a salary to provide for your family. Think about your pastor who spiritually feeds and equips you spiritually.

Now do something that has so much power and go to each of them and thank them for what they mean to you  Then think of a God who created you and gave you everything and more than I just mentioned.

Thankfulness! It’s a powerful thing!  

By David Staton

First published in SGNScoops Magazine in the November 2016 issue.

David Staton and family

David Staton

David Staton is a monthly columnist in SGNScoops. Click here for his website.

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Thankfulness by Selena Day

Written by Staff on November 24, 2016 – 4:24 pm -

 

Selena Day

Selena Day and her husband Chuck

Thankfulness has been a life lesson on my heart for the past few years. It has become the thread in the tapestry of lessons Papa God has taught me. There are seasons in my life when I feel the need to keep a gratitude journal; a tangible book of remembrance for me to direct my focus on what God is doing. Thankfulness has become a way of life in the Day home. 

Let me stop for a moment and share with you a truth I believe. I believe that God is talking ALL the time; I mean He likes to talk more than anyone I know. I believe that He talks to everyone and not just to Christians. I know; take a deep breath as this may shock some of you. As Life Coaches, Chuck and I share the knowledge and wisdom Christ has given us with many young people and do not just keep that wisdom for our own children, but our children know our hearts, so they know deeper secrets into the life lessons from the Day kingdom. They know they have our hearts so they don’t have to repeatedly ask us for permission to come to our table and ask questions; they just know that it is their table as well. People come to Chuck all the time asking advice about writing and becoming an artist, but it has only been our children Chuck ever paid lessons for and bought equipment to further their artistic drive. I believe that we as God’s children have an advantage, that by being in relationship with the Creator of the universe, we have access to keys that unlock truths that the rest of the world grapples with. 

Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to Me, and I will answer you. I will tell you of great things, things beyond what you can imagine, things you could never have known.”

Selena Day

Selena Day

I personally believe that for centuries God in His word has taught us, His children, to have a grateful heart and now medical research is proving that being thankful actually promotes positive health.  

I believe that having a thankful heart keeps us as believers looking to the external in our lives, but at the same time helps us have a healthy view of our internal thoughts, which science is starting to prove is beneficial to living a healthy life. 

I love Thanksgiving!  For me the Christmas season begins right after Hallowe’en. Yes, I am that person, I begin to decorate our house in early November as it takes a lot of work getting that stuff up so I spread it out. During these weeks leading up to the time we celebrate our Savior’s birth, my heart and mind is meditating on the goodness of all that God has done in our lives. Thanksgiving becomes this day that is more than just a day of remembrance, it is a sabbath moment; a day that we take as a reminder to celebrate all the good that the Savior has done, is doing, and will do in our lives. For me it is a day that we choose to stop the busyness of life and gather with our loved ones and say, “I am so grateful to belong to the kingdom of God.”

This article is not about remembering to have a heart of gratitude all year and not just once a year, though I would like to challenge you with this thought. Just as we take this moment once a year and feel grateful, try to set aside a few moments of holiday in your daily life everyday and feel grateful. There is more to it than just saying thanks. It’s about taking a quiet sabbatical and remembering your day and feeling the gratitude for all the good that goes on around you. 

Chuck and Selena Day

Chuck and Selena Day

Chuck and I sometimes play this game when we can feel our hearts growing heavy.  We will ask each other: “Tell me something positive? Or tell me something you are thankful for?”  We call it: The Thankful Game.  I believe that when you take a moment and stop from the busyness of life and feel gratitude, you start to build memorials of God’s goodness in your heart and mind that open doors to more of His blessings. 

So this season however your family and friends celebrate, stop and be thankful that we have a national holiday where we can take a day off to remember the goodness around us. Also, remember every day to make your own little holiday within yourself, to memorialize God’s goodness in your life.  

It is amazing when you filter your life through thankfulness. You will start to see the people and circumstances around you in a positive way and you will also start to feel differently about yourself and your life.

Happy Thanksgiving From the Days!

By Selena Day. Find Selena Day on Facebook here.

First published by SGNScoops magazine in November 2015.

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Thankfulness by Selena Day

Written by Staff on November 15, 2015 – 8:45 am -

Selena Day

Selena Day

Thankfulness has been a life lesson on my heart for the past few years. It has become the thread in the tapestry of lessons Papa God has taught me. There are seasons in my life when I feel the need to keep a gratitude journal; a tangible book of remembrance for me to direct my focus on what God is doing. Thankfulness has become a way of life in the Day home. 

Let me stop for a moment and share with you a truth I believe. I believe that God is talking ALL the time; I mean He likes to talk more than anyone I know. I believe that He talks to everyone and not just to Christians. I know; take a deep breath as this may shock some of you.

As Life Coaches, Chuck and I share the knowledge and wisdom Christ has given us with many young people and do not just keep that wisdom for our own children, but our children know our hearts, so they know deeper secrets into the life lessons from the Day kingdom. They know they have our hearts so they don’t have to repeatedly ask us for permission to come to our table and ask questions; they just know that it is their table as well. People come to Chuck all the time asking advice about writing and becoming an artist, but it has only been our children Chuck ever paid lessons for and bought equipment to further their artistic drive. I believe that we as God’s children have an advantage, that by being in relationship with the Creator of the universe, we have access to keys that unlock truths that the rest of the world grapples with.

Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to Me, and I will answer you. I will tell you of great things, things beyond what you can imagine, things you could never have known.”

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