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The last six years have been the best of times and the worst of times.
I’ve seen more death, destruction, disease and devastation than I care to remember. I’ve also seen the hand of God move in extraordinary ways.
Indeed, sometimes I feel like I have seen more than my fair share of betrayals, persecution, spiritual warfare and unfair outcomes. But, if I’m honest, I’ve also seen more than my fair share of breakthroughs, promotions, divine intervention and mercy.
And that’s just it. Who are we to say what our fair share is?
For years, I’ve had a gratitude journal. But that gratitude journal sat on a shelf with but a single entry in it, not because I was ungrateful but because I wasn’t mindful of the power of gratitude.
Now, gratitude is my secret weapon against the enemy.
When the enemy tries to discourage me, I start thanking God for all the goodness He has brought into my life. I’ve discovered gratitude derails discouragement.
When I am betrayed, I rejoice in the reality that the betrayal was in my best interest. That takes the sting out of it.
When I am persecuted, I praise God because he has given me the ability to bless those who curse me and pray for those who persecute me. In doing so, I rise in authority.
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Jennifer LeClaire is an internationally recognized author, apostolic-prophetic voice to her generation and conference speaker. She carries a reforming voice that inspires and challenges believers to pursue intimacy with God, cultivate their spiritual gifts and walk in the fullness of what God has called them to do. Jennifer is contending for awakening in the nations through intercession and spiritual warfare, strong apostolic preaching and practical prophetic teaching that equips the saints for the work of the ministry. Jennifer is senior leader of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, founder of the Ignite Network and founder of the Awakening Prayer Hubs prayer movement.