This is a reposting of a devotional I wrote for RefreshRemix. It’s been removed. I thought it would be great to share.

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

Has life ever thrown you flat on your butt? Had you throwing up your hands in despair?

I was raised in a single parent household and things were always tight. The budget was tight. Tempers ran short. I never had what my friends had. I had a curfew, my friends didn’t. My friends had new cars and I worked all summer to buy a little used Mazda.

I grumbled and complained. Why was my mother so difficult? I thought on many occasions. However, it wasn’t until I became a mother that I understood why it was so important for me to earn my way—to contribute and not just be. She was building character.

Gratitude by Dana Pittman



One day after experiencing a trying time with my children, God brought to mind my grumbling and complaining. He was gracious in highlighting that important moment. I immediately called my mother and thanked her.

Think back to one of your most trying situations. Was it an illness? Relationship woes? Lost your job? Maybe God, like my mother, is using your circumstances to mold you into the person He’s called you to be. Call Him, right now, in prayer and thank Him. Let your gratitude usher in the answers to prayers.

Scripture: “I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you…” Daniel 2:23 (NIV)


Question: What are you thankful for today?

  1. Lois 9 years ago

    This is great, Dana. And it’s something I need to remember to do more often!

    Also, I posted it over on a Livejournal devotional blog I co-maintain. Check it out! 😀

    (I only posted the beginning, then a link to “Read more here…” 🙂

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      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      Awesome. Please send over the link. I’d love to visit.

  2. Alison Connell 9 years ago

    Dana, I love your header and title, ‘Spiritual Midwife…helping people give birth to their purpose’.

    I could have written this devotional from my own life experience 🙂 I have had the same realisations, and have had the opportunity to thank my parents for how they raised me, and that what I thought was tough an unfair has actually shaped who I am now.

    As a single mum now raising my own three children, I often say to them ‘one day you’ll see why I do things the way I do’, when they grumble and complain. Funny how our experiences become our children’s!!

    Thank you again for sharing 🙂

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      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      Alison, thank you! Yes, it’s funny and amazing how life works. I’m waiting for the day my children will realize I was not born last night. LOL! Thank you for visiting. Please come again.

  3. Denise J. Hughes 9 years ago

    Great message of encouragement, Dana. I do need to simply stop and thank Him a lot more frequently than I do.

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      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      I believe we all feel that way. So do it now…Stop look around or such your heart and thank Him. 🙂

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