Black Music Month Series, Gratefulness, Inspirational


Last week I walked around campus and then headed back to my office. I could not get over how hot it was outside. Mind you, I live in Alabama. Upon entering my building another co-worker, Mrs. Shivers, came from the other direction and said, “Isn’t it lovely out here today?” Immediately I wanted to say, “Umm, lovely? I am HOT and this suit isn’t helping!” But I just smiled and said, yes it is. I sat in my office and was convicted immediately. God showed me that she was grateful for His wondrous creations and that a few years ago, she struggled for her life as a cancer patient and lived to be able to bask in God’s glory of beautiful weather. He went on to quicken my spirit to realize that I haven’t faced death in this way and that I should be praising Him all the more. At that moment, I began to think about all of the things I’m grateful for. “I will give thanks to you, Lord with all my heart; I will tell all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.” Psalm 9:1-2 NIV. I’m grateful to be able to walk around without assistance and to even afford a suit to be hot in. I have the ability to talk and respond to her.

Oftentimes, I find myself complaining about things such as: I wish my house was bigger; I wish my car was faster; I wish I had more shoes and more suits; I want to be able to go on more vacations. However, I am moving into an attitude of gratefulness, grateful that I have a house because I could be homeless. I am grateful that I have a car and a brand new one at that. I remember walking! I am grateful for being able to stand in my closet and actually choose what I want to wear opposed to having to wear the same outfit every day. God’s word tells us, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV

Those words spoken by Mrs. Shivers changed my attitude. We often think that if we don’t say it we aren’t complaining, but God knows our hearts (Psalm 139:1-4 NIV). We get so consumed with the drama of our everyday lives that we forget to be grateful for the things God has already done.

Dear Daddy,

I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve a God like You. I am grateful to have a second chance to get it right. Lord, when I waiver in complaint, help me to be grateful for the victories You have already casted my way and teach me to be humble as I wait for future ones. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

What are you grateful for? I EMPOWER you today to think about the things that God has already done in your life and to be grateful for them. Take a moment to ignore your present day requests and worship through gratefulness.

In honor of Black Music Month, allow “Grateful” by Hezekiah Walker to usher you into a worship of thanks.

Especially for Ms. Amber McGowan:

As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6.  She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment.  Khalilah resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter where they attend St. Luke Christian Church.

17 thoughts on “Gratefulness”

  1. Thank you for this message. I am grateful for this blog and all of the encouraging words that come from it. Blessings to you.

    1. April, I am thankful too. God is not only using the writers, but those of you that comment really bless us in knowing that God is moving.

      Thank you for supporting Empowermoments!

  2. This lesson convicted me as well. I know that I don’t voice my dissatisfaction, but I am very guilty of grumbling and complaining in my heart. I have a friend who is dating a young single mother who has been diagnosed with an eye disease and will eventually be blind. She will never “see” her child grow up or walk across the graduation stage. Lord willing I will be able to do that. I take waking up and seeing my son’s beautiful face every morning for granted. Or the fact that when he is whiny and tired that I have a healthy baby boy. Things could be so different. I praise GOD for being faithful even when I complain about the blessings He has already done. Thanks for sharing

    1. Renee, I can so relate. When my daughter was an infant she had colic. I remember one day having to remember that I was blessed to even “hear” the crying and screaming and that God gave her “two” parents to console her.

      Thank you for reading.

  3. Lord knows that Im guilty of this! *hides face in shame* But the interesting thing that I have noticed in my life is that when God sees that I have learned to be content (and REALLY content in my words AND deeds) in my situation, it is then that He elevates me.

    Amber, how amazing that God laid this on Kay’s heart!

    Great post Kay!

    1. Who you telling Krissy, it too is amazing that this message was laid on her heart & mines too.

  4. Kay,

    This is so a lesson for me. At this very moment, I am sitting on the top floor of a luxury hotel overlooking the bay in Miami, flew here and staying in a luxury suite. I am not saying ANY of this to brag but as I read your blog I sat and thought about the fact that just a few weeks ago I was discouraged that I wouldn’t make it to this conference because I couldn’t afford it. Then one day I just started ACTING like I was going. …and as I did God has always granted me favor and here I sit. I got a little ticked because the people didn’t have my registration; but, then I sat back and thought about the fact that I am GRATEFUL to be here. I am grateful to have had the many traveling experiences that I have had. Traveling is my favorite thing to do and God always makes it happen for me whether I have $1 or $1000.

    Girl God is sooooooooooooooooooooo very good to me. This really makes me reflect on my “secret grumblings.” How many times does he have to “prove” to me what I should already know? Thank you so much Kay. This is one of my favorite gospel songs as it constantly makes me check my thoughts.

    1. Chancee, I hear ya girl! Isn’t it amazing how God can take nothing and make it something!! He is indeed good!

  5. Thank you for that. I need the reminder to be thankful and Grateful for what I do have. After paying all the monthly bills I sometimes find myself complaining about how much I don’t have left, not that All the bills are paid. Kay God is using you as his vessel and I am blessed through that.

    1. Patrice, I’m glad this touched you. I get convicted so many times after commenting on my bank account, but at the end of the day, we are BETTER THAN BLESSED!!

  6. Sometimes it can be really easy to forgot about what we should be grateful for. Just this morning someone was complaining about the weather–all this rain and the temperture is in the 60’s. My reply was God just can’t get a break, yesterday it was hot, humid, sunny and 95 be grateful you can feel and see the temperture change. Many people live their lifes not seeing or feeling the changes in the weather. All I can say is THANK YOU LORD!!!

    1. Gratefulness is so hard because it causes us to go against our learned behavior. Thank you for supporting EM!!

  7. Kay, I dont know where to begin but I will first say thank you for this post. I shared w/Krissy a few days ago that “Be Grateful” was my favorite song considering this is music month. I complain about my wants which really have no meaning (material things & so forth). I am grateful for tons of things but one that stands out is God sparing my life from a very bad car accident Sept. 1999 in which I was in a coma and my parents were told my brain would be a vegetable. I had a 100% recovery in no time, not handicap, and I’ve achieved so many things that I pursued. I take pride in the scars which myself & really close friends consider beauty marks. The situation could have turned out worst than what it was. I am so GRATEFUL.

    1. I’m so thankful you are here. Your comments are so encouraging for us to keep writing. I’m grateful for you!


    1. The blessing is this, he stays there and helps us until we get it. Hang in there girl, we all are a work in progress!

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