Over 1,500 women gathered for this summer’s VOUS Girl gathering where Pastor DawnCherè Wilkerson shared a message called “The Grateful Road”. She uses the story of Jesus healing 10 lepers in Luke 17:11-19 to illustrate four gifts that we’ll find on the road of gratitude.

On the grateful road, we find:

Our source

On his way to Jerusalem, Jesus cleanses 10 lepers, but only one of them turned back to acknowledge him as the source of the miracle. Oftentimes, when we achieve the desires of our heart, we lose our delight in the Lord.

We’ve never been the source. God has been with us every step of the way, providing for us, comforting us and guiding us, whether our prayers have been answered or not.

We may not be where we want to be, but in moments of ingratitude, we can look backwards and find out just how far God has brought us.

Our voice

Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; – Luke 17:15

Are we as loud about our miracles as we are about our misery? How often do we use our voices to honor those around us?

When God answers your prayer, shout about it! We were created to testify about his grace and mercy and to glorify his name. How will people know the good things God is doing in our lives if we don’t talk about it?

Our joy

The joy of the Lord is our strength. When we’re feeling weak and surrounded with a lack of joy in our lives, we should start being grateful. An attitude of gratitude can bring joy into any and every season of our lives.