Cultivating a grateful heart honors


 God and strengthens our faith.

To God be the glory for every abundant and 


unending blessing lavished upon us. Trust... 


there are always reasons to be appreciative.

We can be rich with God's blessing... even if 


we are poor. Every breath, every moment, and 


every experience is a priceless gift from God.



To God be the glory for every abundant and 

unending blessing lavished upon us. Trust... 

there are always reasons to be appreciative. 

We are instructed to offer thankfulness


 in everything... since... everything is 


working for our good!



God continuously showers us with reasons to 


be thankful... in good measure... pressed down, 


shaken together, and running over!  The more


 we recognize the countless reasons to be 


thankful, the more grateful we become.


May we enjoy all that God has given us, such


 as breathing in fresh air. God gives us every


 breath we take. Every breath is an undeserved 


miracle... a gift from God. 

We should be grateful for the ability to talk, 


hear, do, and be. Our life, our breath, and 


everything visible and unseen... are all 


miraculous gifts from God.

Gratitude is the acknowledgment and appreciation 

of what is good in our lives. That inner warmth 

is what radiates and makes the heart rejoice. It 

gives our existence meaning.


A grateful existence is essential. 

Gratefulness gives us a viewpoint from which


 we may observe life without becoming 


overwhelmed by worldly circumstances.


It allows us to view a world much 

larger than ourselves.

We have not earned nor deserve anything 


that God has bestowed us; nonetheless, the 


Giver of all good and perfect 


gifts... 


just keeps on giving.

Gratitude is a beautiful quality 


that individuals can successfully


cultivate further.

We may cultivate gratitude by recognizing and

 appreciating the things we already have in our lives.

Cultivating appreciation allows us to experience 


greater spiritual and emotional well-being.

Gratitude is a lovely characteristic 


that individuals may grow further.

May we intentionally recognize and cultivate 


the positive aspects of our lives... rather than 


taking them for granted.

Gratitude is both a temporary sentiment and 

a human attribute.

Making a conscious effort to 


count our blessings has a 


profound effect on our lives.

Gratitude liberates us from 


poisonous mental states.

Grateful individuals tend to be happier and 


have greater self-esteem because they are not


 harboring harmful feelings and are not shackled 


by envy and violence.

We can be thankful for the food on our tables, 


the shelter over our heads, and the numerous 


times God protected us from making bad 


decisions in lives.

Gratitude is an expression of appreciation. 


It is a natural emotion that arises spontaneously


 from within. It is recognizing and embracing 


the added value of favorable life experiences 


that we did not work for or request.



Gratitude begins with seeing something as 


simple as a spring shower and watching the


 rain clean everything. Being aware of our 


heightened sensitivity to kindness, tenderness,


 and decency in life is humbling. 


Thankfulness fosters humility.


Gratitude permits us to experience more 


authentic and enjoyable sentiments. We can


 enjoy the modest yet magnificent moments 


that are happening in our lives more fully. 


Gratitude is an appreciation of something that


 might not be monetary in nature.

The expression of thankfulness is critical to the 

growth and survival of humanity. Practicing 

gratitude is a wonderful approach for improving

 and enhancing our own lives as well as the lives 

of others around us.

Sometimes, individuals who have plenty, may


 take generosity and compassion for granted. 


Being grateful is when  individuals have little; 


yet, they recognize and appreciate God's hand


 in their lives, 

Being grateful entails appreciating what we 

have and not taking our blessings for granted.

The inner representation of thankfulness 


and gratefulness is bringing meaning to 


our existence by understanding life as 


something given, a good deed or an act 


of kindness.


Gratitude is an unscripted emotion that 


emerges from within. It's like the bond 


that perpetually keeps society and 


relationships together.


There is graciousness and compassion for others...  


where there is a grateful heart.  There seems to be


pretentiousness, self-entitlement, conceit, and 


haughtiness without it.

Our ability to perceive and acknowledge


 causes for thanksgiving in our lives reflects 


one's relationship and love for God.


Many people enjoy the gifts of life, shelter,



 food, and health without ever thanking God.



Without gratitude, one might become arrogant,


 conceited, and self-centered, with an 


overestimation of one's own value. People 


tend to take their blessings for granted and also


 have an entitlement mentality... not good.  They


 have a tendency to feel they have accomplished


 everything... on their own.  Entitlement and 


self-absorption are significant impediments to 


gratefulness.



Thankfulness keeps our hearts in right 


relationship with the Giver of all blessings.

We live in thankfulness every day when we 


open our eyes and give thanks for the abounding 


beauty of our existence.


Giving thanks to God is something that should 


be done, not just on special occasions.


Everyone can and should live a daily life of 


thankfulness!

When we live in a spirit of thankfulness, we 


may smile even in the midst of difficulty.

Thankfulness enables us to express our gratitude 


to... the Giver of all good gifts in all circumstances.


 Gratefulness keeps our hearts connected to the 


Giver of all good blessings.

Cultivating thankfulness costs nothing, 


but the rewards are tremendous!

A thankful heart full of praise lifts 


and removes mountains of concern.

The more appreciative we are... 


the more strength we gain to press on


 to new and greater heights.

Every day is a blank canvas... every instant 


of every day is a fresh opportunity to reflect, 


to live in thankfulness, and to be grateful.

Gratitude is the realization that life owes us


 nothing and that everything we have is a gift.

Every morning, we wake up to a magnificent 


gift... another day of life. Let us be grateful for 


the gift of life every day.



God has lavishly gifted us and filled each and 



every day with blessings. Every day brings us 



authentic and lovely moments to savor and cherish.


The more we focus on our blessings and the 


countless things for which we are thankful, the


 less fear, negativity, and worry we will harbor.

People who express gratitude count their 


blessings rather than their problems and 


misfortunes.

People have occasionally taken God's grace


 and mercy for granted. Many people walk 


outdoors and see God's mark all over the 


universe and assume it is theirs... 


no big thing.



Many blessings, which we all have every day, 



are sometimes forgotten or taken for granted.



It is extremely beneficial and invigorating to 



spend a few quiet minutes to count our blessings... 



to acknowledge the many things for which we 



are grateful. This also allows us to recognize 



and appreciate God's majesty as displayed 



through His amazing creation.



Counting our Blessings... 



GENERATES



CONTENTION!



We believe God desires for us to learn to be


 thankful... and it is in our best interests to be 


reminded: 


Every good and perfect gift is from God. 


James 1:17


It's interesting how quickly our moods, 


health, and outlooks change when we have 


grateful heart.

When hardship comes, or if it never occurs, 


let us remember everything that we have to 


be thankful for.



Who, but the Creator gives to all men life and


breath and everything else? 


Acts 17:25

Many studies over the last decade have 


indicated that persons who deliberately 


count their blessings are happier and 


less sad.



Resilience is generated by the practice of 


kindness, graciousness, and thankfulness. 


It may contribute to our capacity to sleep 


soundly at night and our lifespan. Simply 


being aware of all of our blessings provides 


us the power to weather any storm.



May we spend a few moments every day 


to carefully notice our benefits and give God


the praise and honor that only God deserves.

A thankful heart may become one of the most 


powerful ways to improve our lives. Gratitude 


may help us see a plethora of blessings. It can


 help us appreciate our lives more!

Life can be challenging at times.


We may feel as if we don't have much, 


yet there are countless others out there who 


would gladly switch places with us.



Let us build a thankful heart whether 


confronted with tangible or intangible and/or 


negative, unproductive situations in life.



God's blessings include protection from hurt,


 harm, and danger. God has blessed us with


good health and well-being. God has blessed 


us with liberty. The capacity to see, hear, move,


 communicate, think, and imagine comes directly 


from God's hand. Our ability for love is a 


magnificent gift from God.



Our lives are blessed exceedingly, abundantly,


 and beyond anything that we can ask or 


conceive, by God.


God's hand has blessed us with life.

An attitude of thankfulness helps us in seeing


what is harmonious and beneficial. We may 


overcome negative thinking and discover 


benefits and tranquility in every situation by 


cultivating a thankful heart.

Gratitude elevates a meal to a feast!

Gratitude transforms emptiness into fullness,


displacement into welcoming, dismissal into


 implementation, and opens the floodgates for 


blessings to overflow.


Practicing gratitude and being thankful are two 


critical components of living a better and healthier 


life. Even in our darkest moments, we all have the


potential and opportunity to cultivate thankfulness.


Gratefulness transforms what we have into 


enough. Choosing a thankful heart allows us to 


identify blessings even in the midst of adversity. 


Gratitude comes with many benefits, tranquility, 


and forgiveness.

Giving thanks to God for everything in our lives 


on a daily basis... makes us recognize that nothing


 in our lives should be taken for granted or seen as


 anything other than extraordinary.


God has lavished us with benefits that we do not 


deserve. The humble appreciative heart understands


 that the world owes them nothing. They recognize 


that whatever they have is better than what they 


deserve.

There are so many lovely things to be grateful 


for everywhere we turn, and as we practice being 


grateful, we will notice our cups filling up and 


running over with more and more blessings.

Humility is one of the fundamental characteristics 


of a thankful person. Gratitude is the outpouring 


of a truly humble heart. A thankful heart humbles 


us and allows us to see how far we've come and 


how privileged we are. In thankfulness, humility 


blooms.

God is the Source of all good gifts.


All good gifts come from God, and


Only God deserves to be praised.

The Bible is replete with directives to... 


offer gratitude to God.


"Praise God!" Give thanks to God, 


because God is good; His mercy endures 


forever."


Psalm 106:1;



Give thanks to the LORD, because God 


is good; His kindness endures forever.


Psalm 107:1;



Give thanks to the LORD, because God is good,


 and His compassion endures forever.


Psalm 118:1;


Give thanks in all circumstances, for this 


is the Will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


Thessalonians 5:18



The large percentage of passages go on to 


offer reasons why we should be thankful to 


God, such as 


"His love endures forever."


Psalm 136:3



"The God is excellent."


Psalm 118:29



"God's mercy is everlasting."


Psalm 100:5



Thanksgiving and praise go hand in hand!



We cannot fully praise and glorify God...


 unless we are also thankful.

The 100th Psalm is one of the most



 beautiful Psalms of Thanksgiving.

Cultivating gratitude is one of the most beautiful 


and spiritually satisfying journeys we can embark


on in life.

The dominant theme of Israel's life in the 


desert appeared to be murmuring and 


complaining. 



In Exodus 16, Israel begins to complain 


and grumble against Moses and Aaron over


 a shortage of food, while they were actually 


complaining and whining to God. 



Exodus 16:8 makes this argument 


extremely clear:


"You will know it was the Lord when He 


provides you meat to eat in the evening and 


all the bread you desire in the morning because


 He has heard your grievance against Him."



 Who are we? 



Why are we becoming impatient, 


disgruntled, and even insulting to God? 



You are complaining about God, not about us."

We've all moaned, sighed, whined, complained,


 mumbled, murmured, held pity parties, been 


victimized, or played the victim at some point 


in our lives, especially during times of crisis.



Grumbling is a way of expressing one's 


disapproval with persons or situations one 


finds oneself in; nevertheless, if the truth


 be told, mumbling ultimately shows our


 disagreement with God's direction for our 


lives.



People's hearts might become clouded and 


distorted when they complain, grumble, 


regurgitate rumors, twist lies, and make 


unfounded assumptions.

God is not deceived when we complain about 


others. This is shown in God's reaction to


 the Israelites' complaints against Moses 


and Aaron in Numbers 14: "'How long will 


these people regard Me with contempt?' 


replied the Lord to Moses."


'How long will they refuse to believe in Me, 


despite all the amazing signs I've done 


among them?'



All grumbling is an insult to God. It is


 resentful of God, suggesting that God has 


failed to make people happy.



The Israelites were slaves to Pharaoh and


 the Egyptians while in Egypt. When they


 grumbled, Pharaoh made their situation worse.


 They cried out to God, who had delivered 


them. He delivered them from brutal, 


oppressive, and crushing servitude and led 


them to a land flowing with milk and honey.



In accordance with His promise to Abraham,


 the Lord came to their rescue, redeeming 


them to worship and follow Him only as


 their God and King. So God promised them 


in Exodus 15:26, "If you diligently listen to 


the word of the Lord your God and do what 


is right in His eyes, if you pay close attention


 to His instructions and keep all His decrees, 


I will not bring on you any of the afflictions 


inflicted on the Egyptians, because I am the 


Lord, Who heals and restores you."

 Jesus refused to speak or acquiesce to the 


adversary. "Thy Will be done," Jesus 


prayed instead. This is an important detail


 that each of us should be conscious of.

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