I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wondrous deeds.Psalm 9:1
An Attitude of Gratitude
How often do you practice gratitude? Lately, I’ve been learning that when you practice gratitude, you’re more receptive to the blessings that God gives you, and when you’re happy with what you have, you recognize the blessings that you already have more often.
My boyfriend, Nathan is really great about being grateful, and he inspires me to practice gratitude often. He often shares what he’s thankful for, and when I’m in a bad mood, he sometimes asks me to count my blessings. Nathan has helped me to be more positive and trust that God has good things in store for me. Because of Nathan, I eventually began making gratitude part of my routine. I thought of a few ways to incorporate gratitude throughout my day, and it made me happier and more receptive of God’s gifts.
As followers of Christ, we’re encouraged to give thanks at all times. We should view everything as a gift from God and always have our eyes open to His blessings. Thanksgiving reminds us to be thankful every day. In light of the Thanksgiving season, we should count our blessings and have a more intentional attitude of gratitude. Because Thanksgiving is right around the corner, here are a few ways that I like to practice gratitude.
If you like to write or if writing helps you to remember things, write down in your prayer journal what you’re thankful for. It’s effective to do this regularly, so you write down something you’re thankful for every day, or at the end of every week, write down ten things you were grateful for from the past week.
2 Talk with Friends and Family
I love to tell my friends what I’m thankful for and share how God is working in my life. I also love hearing what they’re thankful for and seeing how God has blessed them. When you’re catching up with a friend or having dinner with your family, ask them to share something they’re grateful for from the day.
3 Pray in Thanksgiving
Because prayer isn’t just about asking for things, take a few moments in prayer to share your gratitude with God. The Lord delights when we pray in thanksgiving, so thank God for the blessings in your life. Ask Him for clarity when reflecting on your life so that you can recognize the blessings that He gave you.
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