Philippians 1:1-11 (ESV)
“To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
True gratitude for others does not depend on their behavior. Tolerance of others is not gratitude for them, either. When we choose gratitude for all of the people in our lives, we find ourselves changed as well as the other person. Listen in as we continue our series on true gratitude this month.
Before she wrote books, she wrote several songs that received radio airplay, including You Are Worthyand Layers. Passionate to help others to see deep in a shallow world, Denise also has two podcasts that communicate biblical truths for our daily lives, Seeing Deepas well as the Black and Whitepodcasts.
Denise and her husband live near Fredericksburg, VA. A homeschool mom of five with four in college, Denise has a passion to help moms navigate motherhood with grace and courage. An advocate for children, her youngest was adopted from Russia. When Denise is not ministering at conferences, she is leading worship on Sundays at her home church, studying God’s word, writing books or songs, gardening or spending time with family and friends. Visit her at www.denisepass.comor on YouTube.
As an Ordained Minister and Women’s Pastor, she serves alongside her husband, Dale, Lead Pastor of River of Life Worship Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She’s an adventure junkie, mom to two young adults, and blogs regularly at www.angeladonadio.com.