A life of gratitude is important. It helps us see a 

world that is much bigger than ourselves.

We can cultivate gratitude by noticing the things we


already have in our lives and feeling thankful for them.

May we consciously appreciate 


and take notice of the good things


 in our lives... rather than taking 


them for granted.

Gratitude is both a temporary 

feeling and a dispositional trait. 

Making a conscious effort to count


our blessings is profoundly effectual 


and important in our lives.


Gratitude unshackles us from 


toxic mind-sets.

Grateful people tend to feel healthier and have a higher 

self-esteem because they are not nursing toxic emotions, 

neither do they feel shackled to envy and aggressions. 

We can be grateful for the food on our tables, the 


roof over our heads, and the many times God 


saved us from making the wrong turns in life.

Gratitude is the expression of appreciation. It is 


a spontaneously generated natural feeling that 


surfaces from withinIt is recognizing and 


embracing the bonus value for favorable life 


experiences we did not work towards or ask for.  



Gratitude starts with noticing something as 

simple as a spring shower, and watching the rain 

wash everything clean. Being aware of our 

heightened sensitivity to the kind-heartedness, 

tenderness and humanity in life is humbling. 


Gratitude allows us to feel more genuine and 

delightful emotions. We can relish in the simple; 

yet, marvelous experiences unfolding in our lives, 

more fully. Gratitude is a recognition of value 

independent of monetary worth. 

The expression of gratitude is crucial to humankind’s


sustainability and continued existence. Practicing


gratefulness is a wonderful way of enhancing and 


transforming our own life and the lives around us. 

Sometimes, when people have a lot they take kindness


 and grace for granted. Being grateful is when people 


have very little, but can still see and acknowledge 


God's hand all over their lives.

Being grateful is a sense of appreciating how much


 we have... and not taking our blessings for granted.

The expression of gratitude and gratefulness is the 


inner expression of giving meaning to our lives by 


realizing life as something that is given, a good deed


 or an act of kindness



Gratitude is a feeling that, without rehearsal, unfold


from within. It is like the bond that perpetually holds 


society and relationships together.


Where there is a grateful heart, 


there is graciousness and concern for others.


Without it... there is pretentiousness, 


self-entitlement, arrogance, and haughtiness.

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.

When we open our eyes and give thanks


for the bountiful beauty of this life, 


we live in thanksgiving, daily.


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!

When we live with a spirit of thanksgiving


we can rejoice in the midst of tribulation.

Thankfulness allows us to be grateful to... 


the Giver of all good gifts


in any circumstance.


Gratefulness keeps our hearts in 


right relationship to 


the Giver of all good gifts.

Cultivating gratitude doesn't cost

 us anything, but the benefits are

 tremendous! 

A thankful heart of praise


removes mountains of concerns.

The more grateful we are...


the more power we acquire to press on


to greater heights.

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.


Gratitude is the recognition that life owes us 


nothing, and all the good we have is a gift.


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.


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.


People who give thanks count their blessings 


rather than listing their grievances and 


misfortunes.

So often, we take God's grace and mercy for granted. 

Many walk outside and see the mark of God all over this 

world and take for granted that it is theirs... no big deal. 

Many blessings, which we all have access to each day, 

are often overlooked or taken for granted. 


It is quite helpful and refreshing to take a few quiet 

minutes and count our blessings... acknowledging 

the many things we are grateful for. This also gives 

us an opportunity to see and appreciate the greatness 

of God revealed through His awe-inspiring creation.


Counting our Blessings... 


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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


It is amazing how quickly our attitudes, health

 and outlooks will improve when we have a heart 

filled with thankfulness. 

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

Many studies over the past decade have found that people 

who consciously count their blessings tend to be happier 

and less depressed. 


The practice of grace, graciousness, and gratefulness 

generates resilience. It may very well contribute to our 

ability to experience sound sleep at night and longevity.

Just taking notice of all of our blessings gives us 

the ability to bounce back from any storm. 


May we take a few moments, daily, to consciously 

acknowledge our blessings and give God the thanks and 

praise that God and God alone deserves.

A grateful heart can become one of the most 


powerful ways to change our lives for the better.


Gratitude can open our eyes to a multitude of

 blessings. It can help us better appreciate 

being alive! 

Life can be difficult at times. 


Sometimes we feel that we don’t have much; 


however, there are some people out there who 


would love to trade places with us. 



When faced with tangible or intangible, 

negative, unproductive moments in life, 

let us cultivate a grateful heart. 


Preservation from hurt, harm, and danger... 


are blessings from God. Our health and well being 


are blessings from the hand of God. Our liberty... 


is a blessing from God. The ability to see, hear, 


walk, talk, think, and to imagine... all comes 


straight from the hand of God. Our capacity to 


love is a wonderful gift from the hand of God.


Our lives are blessed exceedingly, abundantly,


beyond all we can ask or think, by God.


Life is a blessing from the

 hand of God.

An attitude of gratitude helps us realize what is

 harmonious and good. In cultivating a grateful 

heart we can conquer negative thoughts and find

 blessings and peace in every situation. 
Gratitude turns a meal into a feast!
Gratitude turns emptiness into fullness, 

displacement into welcoming, dismissal

 into implementation and opens the 

flood-gates for blessings to overflow. 

Practicing gratitude and being grateful are two very 

important keys to a happier and healthier life. Even during 

the worst times in our lives, we all have the ability and 

opportunity to cultivate gratitude. 
Gratefulness turns what we have into enough. Choosing 

a grateful heart helps us to see blessings even in the 

midst of challenging circumstances. Practicing 

gratitude leads to contentment, peace and 

forgiveness. 

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.


God has showered us with blessings upon blessings


that we don't deserve. 


The humble thankful heart recognizes that the world


 doesn't owe them anything. They understand that 


anything they have is better than they deserve.


Everywhere we look... there are so many 


beautiful things to be grateful for, 


and as we practice being grateful... we will 


notice our cups running over with more and 


more blessings.

One of the foundational qualities consistently found in a 

grateful person is humility. Gratitude is the overflow of a 

genuinely humble heart. A grateful heart humbles us 

and helps us recognize how far we have come and how 

blessed things really are. Humility flourishes in gratitude. 

God is the Source of all good gifts.


It is God alone... Who deserves praise.

An attitude of gratitude is the affirmation and 


expression of appreciation, unpremeditatedly


generated from within, for what we have


 and/or what we have experienced. 


Gratitude is the recognition and appreciation 


of the good in our lives. It is that inner warmth 


that emanates and makes the heart smile. It 


gives meaning to our existence.

The Scriptures are filled with commands to... 


give thanks to 


God.



“Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto 


the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy


 endures for ever.”


Psalm 106:1



O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good: 


for His mercy endureth for ever.


Psalm 107:1



O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: 


because His mercy endureth for ever.


Psalm 118:1



So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the 


midst of the tent that David had pitched for it: 


and they offered burnt sacrifices and peace


 offerings before God.


1 Chronicles 16:34



In every thing give thanks: for this is the Will 


of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.


1Thessalonians 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



“God's mercy is everlasting”.


Psalm 100:5



Thanksgiving and praise goes together!


We cannot adequately praise and worship God...


 without also being thankful.

One of the most beautiful Psalms 



of Thanksgiving is the 



100th Psalm.

Cultivating gratitude 


is one of the most beautiful


and spiritually enriching journeys 


we can take in life.


Gratitude is when we acknowledge the 


goodness in our lives. It is being grateful


 to live another day, to feel the air in our


 lungs, and the beating of our 


hearts.  



A thankful heart is a happy heart. Gratitude 


leads to happiness. Cultivating gratefulness 


increases our joy and helps us be a better


 person. Being grateful is associated with 


and is a necessary part of any joyful,


 healthy and happy existence.


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.

Gratitude is good for the mind, body and soul. The soul 

that gives thanks unlocks the fullness of life. Gratefulness 

allows us to truly appreciate what matters. 


Grateful people are happy to see other people experience 

good fortune. Those with an attitude of gratitude tend 

to appreciate other people's accomplishments. 

Murmuring and complaining seemed to have been the 


dominant theme of Israel’s life in the wilderness.


 In Exodus 16, we find Israel began to complain and 


murmur against Moses and Aaron about the lack of food, 


which in reality they were complaining and murmuring to 


God. Moses made this point very clear in Exodus 16:8: 


“You will know that it was the Lord when He gives you 


meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in 


the morning because He has heard your grumbling against 


Him. Who are we? Why are we growing impatient, 


disgruntled and outright offensive towards God? You are 


not grumbling against us, but against the Lord.”

At one time or another, especially in times of crisis, 


we have all grumbled, groaned, whined, complained, 


whispered, murmured, held pity parties, been 


victimized or played the role of the victim


Murmuring is how one expresses their discontent at 


others or situations they find themselves in; although, 


ultimately, if the truth be told, murmuring expresses 


our displeasure with God's direction for our lives. 


When people grumble, murmur, sputter rumors, lies, 


and make baseless claims... their hearts can become 


darkened and twisted. 

God is not fooled when our murmuring is directed at 


others. We see this in God’s response when the Israelites 


grumbled against Moses and Aaron in Numbers 14: “The 


Lord said to Moses, ‘How long will these people treat Me 


with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in 


Me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed 


among them?'” (v. 11).



All murmuring is against God. It is treating God with 


contempt, saying that somehow God failed to make us 


happy.



While in Egypt, the people of Israel were slaves to 


Pharaoh and the Egyptians. When they complained, 


Pharaoh made their conditions even harder. Then they 


cried out to God, Who delivered them. He brought 


them out of their cruel, suppression and crushing 


slavery to lead them to a land flowing with milk and 


honey.



 In keeping with His covenant with Abraham, the Lord 


came to their rescue, redeeming them to worship and obey 


Him only as their God and King. So in Exodus 15:26, God 


told them, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord 


your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay 


attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I 


will not bring on you any of the afflictions I brought on 


the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, Who heals you.” 

 Jesus refused to murmur and yield to the devil. Instead 


Jesus prayed, 



"Thy Will be done."



This is a vital point that each of us needs to be aware of. 



Being grateful is good for us.


 


We should deliberately 




cultivate gratitude.


The Bible commands us to be thankful (Colossians 3:15; 1 

Thessalonians 5:18). Each one of us should strive to be 

more grateful for the wonderful gifts God has given to us. 

These blessings of God grow more sweet and precious the 

more thankful we are for them.

Every breath, every moment, and every experience


 is a precious gift from God.


Thankfulness cultivates humility.


Cultivating gratitude helps us to realize a greater 


sense of spiritual and emotional well-being. 

Gratitude is a beautiful quality 


that individuals can successfully cultivate further.

Cultivating a spirit of thankfulness honors God


and strengthens our faith.


Gratefulness provides a perspective from which


we can view life and not become overwhelmed


by worldly circumstances.

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 have not earned, nor do we deserve all 


that God has given; nevertheless, the Giver 


of all good gifts...


just keeps on giving.



We should be thankful that we are able to speak,


hear, do and be. Our lives our breath, and all that


 is seen or unseen... are gifts from 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.

 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. 

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. They are not asked 


for nor deserved, but freely given. 



Let us seize each day and understand that it is


 God's grace and mercy which fuels us. It allows 


us to see the sunrise and the sunset. 


By giving thanks continually we are reminded of 


how much we do have.


 When we focus on blessings... 


rather than wants, 


we are happier.


 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



 causes 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.

Gratitude is a mark of a noble soul 


and a refined character.

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