Cultivating gratitude 


is one of the most beautiful


and spiritually enriching journeys 


we can take in life.



Cultivating gratitude


helps us to realize a greater sense of spiritual


and emotional well-being. 



Thankfulness cultivates humility.



Cultivating a spirit of thankfulness honors God


and strengthens our faith.



Gratitude is a beautiful quality


that individuals can successfully cultivate further.


A grateful heart can become 


one of the most powerful ways


to change our lives for the better.


A thankful heart of praise


removes mountains of concerns.


It provides a perspective from which


we can view life and not become overwhelmed


by worldly circumstances.


Giving thanks to God 


is not just an occasional thing to do, 


but it is to be a way of life.



Everyone can live in thanksgiving...


daily!

Our giving becomes receiving


when we live a life filled with thankfulness.

When gratitude comes from a pure heart...


it blossoms.

May we appreciate all God has blessed us with like...


breathing in fresh air.


Every breath we take is a gift from God.


Every breath we take is an undeserved miracle...


a blessing, and a wonderful gift from God.


We should be thankful that we are able to speak,


hear, do and be.   



Our life, our breath, and all that is seen or unseen...


are gifts from God.

God is the Source of all good gifts.


It is God alone Who deserves praise.


When we praise and thank God


we come to realize a gladness of heart.


Those old burdens seem to roll away...


when we bless and thank God.

Thank You, God, for giving us the breath of life.


Thank You, for Christ Jesus.


We know that it is You


who has made our lives worth living.



Thank You, God, for all You have done,


for all You have planned,


and for all You are doing.



We know that everything we have


or will ever be...


are gifts from You.

Thankfulness allows us to be grateful,


 to the Giver of all good gifts,


in any circumstance,


and it keeps our hearts in right relationship


to the Giver of all good gifts.

When we live with a spirit of thanksgiving


we can rejoice in the midst of tribulation.


The more we focus on our blessings


and the many things we have to be thankful for...


the less fear, negativity, and anxiety we will nurse.

 When trouble comes or if it never does...


let us think about all we have to thank God for.



Who, but the Creator gives to all men life and


breath and everything else? 


(Acts 17:25)



To God be the glory for every blessing, 


abundantly and unceasingly, 


bestowed upon us.


When we concentrate


on finding the good in every situation,


we discover that our lives are filled with


an ocean of reasons to praise God!


The practice of giving thanks to God


 acknowledges the benevolence 


of God.


Sincere gratitude, and thanksgiving, 


are born of humility. 


These are the healthiest of all human emotions.


People who give thanks count their blessings 

rather than listing their grievances and misfortunes.


Counting our Blessings... 


PRODUCES CONTENTMENT!


We believe God wants us to learn to be thankful... 


and it is in our best interest to be reminded: 


Every good and perfect gift is from God.


(James 1:17). 



A person can almost be defined 


by their attitude toward gratitude.


The evidence of greatness is demonstrated 


by our ability to see and acknowledge causes for 


thankfulness in our lives.


Being grateful is a sign of one's closeness 


and love of God.



Many enjoy the blessings of life, shelter, food, 


and good health and never even say 


"Thank You" to God.


How this lack of appreciation must grieve


 our heavenly Father!


Whenever we fail to give adequate gratitude 


for the blessings we have received from God...


we become ingrates.



Without gratefulness, 


one can become arrogant, vain, and self-centered, 


with an excessive sense of self-importance.


They tend to take blessings for granted 


and embrace an attitude of entitlement.


They tend to believe they have achieved everything... 


on their own. 



Entitlement is at the core of narcissism.


Entitlement and self-absorption are 


major impediments to gratefulness.



Thankfulness keeps our hearts 


in right relationship/alignment to 


the Giver of all good gifts...

We have not earned,


nor do we deserve all that God has given;


nevertheless, 


the Giver of all good gifts...


just keeps on giving.


Every morning we wake up...

we've been given a wonderful gift...

another day of life.



Let us be grateful each day for the gift of life.


We are richly blessed by God,


Who fills each and every day with blessings.



Each day offers us authentic and beautiful moments


to experience and embrace.

Every day is a new canvas—


each moment of every day is 


a new opportunity to reflect upon,


to live in thanksgiving,


and be grateful.

In our greatest distress...


let us praise and thank God.


Let us bless the Lord at all times...


even when trouble seems to overwhelm us.


Let us praise and thank God...


even before we cry.



Let us never ignore the countless blessings


that God freely and lovingly gives, daily.


Let us seize each day and understand that


it is God's grace and mercy


which is allowing us to see the sunrise and the sunset.



 Without God's grace and mercy we could not even exist.


 Diligently giving thanks to God 


for everything in our lives, daily,


helps us to realize that


nothing in our lives should be taken 


for granted


or looked upon as anything short of


extraordinary.


Everywhere we look... 


there are so many beautiful things to be grateful for, 


and as we practice being grateful... 


we will notice our cup running over with 


more and more blessings.


The more grateful we are...


the more power we acquire to press on


to greater heights.


Gratitude is a mark of a noble soul 


and a refined character.

Gratitude is the recognition that life owes us nothing,


 and all the good we have is a gift.


Where there is a grateful heart, 


there is courtesy and concern for others.


Without it... there is arrogance and haughtiness.


When we open our eyes and give thanks


for the bountiful beauty of this life, 


we live in thanksgiving, daily.


The Scriptures are filled with commands 


to give thanks to God

 

(Psalm 106:1; 107:1; 118:1; 1 Chronicles 16:34;


Thessalonians 5:18). 




Most verses go on to list reasons why we should thank 


God, such as “His love endures forever” 


(Psalm 136:3), 




“God is good” (Psalm 118:29), 



and “God's mercy is everlasting” (Psalm 100:5). 




Thanksgiving and praise


 always go together!

 


We cannot adequately praise and worship God...


 without also being thankful.

Gratitude turns a meal into a feast!

By giving thanks continually we are reminded of 


how much we do have.


 When we focus on blessings... 


rather than wants, 


we are happier.


One of the most beautiful Psalms of 


Thanksgiving is the 100th Psalm.

 When we are grateful...


focusing on all we have to be thankful for,


it is easier to keep our problems, wants, and concerns


in the right perspective.

God is constantly giving us overflowing reasons


to be thankful...


in good measure....


pressed down, shaken together, and running over!



When we begin to realize the many causes for thankfulness


 the more grateful we begin to feel.


The more grateful we are...


the nearer we will draw to God, our Source.


In everything... 


we are asked to give thanks... 


because...


everything is working together 


for our good!


Let us search...


until we find cause for thankfulness.


Let us go from a complaining life 


to one which cultivates


and is grounded in a spirit of Thanksgiving.



Trust...


there are always causes for 


thankfulness.



With the blessing of God


we can be rich even when we are poor.

To God be the glory for every blessing abundantly


and unceasingly bestowed upon us.

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