I think God is so incredibly gracious and kind towards us even we are at our worst. He knows we have “those days” and where emotions can just be harder to manage on some days. We are human and we are emotional. It’s fun when our emotions are on the “happy” spectrum and it’s tough when they are on the “angry/sad/etc” side of the spectrum. Today, I had several times where I broke down in tears – it also is “that time of month” and so in hindsight I give myself a lot of grace and be sure to thank my husband for being there for an extra emotional wife! This afternoon while I was raking a ton of leaves (and to be frank, it was a task I didn’t really want to do… I really wanted to be taking a nap 😉 but it needed to get done and I knew it would really bless my husband if I could jump in and help out with some of the yardwork). So though I was tired and a bit emotional, I decided to play a game… the whole time I rake these leaves I am going to try and think of and say out loud anything and everything I am grateful for. And you know what? I began thanking God for the very task I was doing, for the great arm workout I was getting and for the fresh air and I began thanking God that it wasn’t raining so I could get this task done & I began thanking God that I could do this task that my body was healthy & strong… talk about a perspective shift! As we begin to speak out load what we are grateful for your perspective will begin to change – your thoughts will begin to line up with God’s thoughts! A sense of thankfulness and joy will begin to bubble up and before you know it, energy, grace and strength follow. Gratitude truly is powerful!! It pulls us out of the pit of despair!
Gratitude pulls our lives together. It causes us to be much more emotionally sound and stable. Gratitude gives birth to feelings of joy and happiness.
Gratitude pulls our relationships closer. We go to a sweeter place in the relationships we have as we appreciate and place value on our dear ones. It broadens our friendships as we extend thankfulness, appreciation, and value upon others, even strangers.
Gratitude redirects our perspectives to perceive how blessed we truly are and how we can be a blessing in the lives around us.
Gratitude pulls the greatness out of us. It causes us to rise higher and flourish in all seasons. We can make it through ANYTHING with an attitude of gratitude!
Gratitude pulls our lives closer to God. When we begin making gratitude and thankfulness apart of our everyday lives, apart of our everyday thinking and conversations – it’s amazing how we will begin to become so much more aware of all the tiny and big blessings that are around us all the time. Gratefulness causes us to see more of God and His goodness in our lives! We really are way more blessed than we give him credit for!
Here are just a few scriptures about gratitude, thankfulness, praise, & worship that I love so much:
Psalm 100:4 (Message) Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him.
(AMP) Enter His gates with a song of thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, bless and praise His name.
Psalm 34:9 (Message) Worship God if you want the best; worship opens doors to all his goodness.
Isaiah 29:22 (Message) … Those who got off-track will get back on-track, and complainers and whiners learn gratitude.
Luke 7:43 (Message) ..She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful.
Luke 17:14 (Message) Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough – and he was a Samaritan.
Colossians 4:2 (Message) Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude.
I’m thankful that He has given us instructions for how we will function best here on earth. Truths to living a happy, fulfilling and satisfying life. The power of Gratitude is profoundly impacting my everyday life in the absolute best way possible, dear friends! I invite you to join me in this wonderful way of living – in everything giving thanks, speaking the language of thanksgiving, the dialect of gratitude.
Will you join me in this?
Love you dear friends,