"We can lift ourselves and others as well when we refuse
to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate
within our hearts an attitude of gratitude."
I love the "refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought."
Our thoughts and the direction we let them go,
have a huge impact on our feelings and attitude.
The more we concentrate on the things we don't have,
whether it's a bigger/nicer house, or illness, or being too busy
or whatever our challenge is,
the worse we feel.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, we read, "In everything give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
When we count our blessings, we concentrate on everything that we HAVE,
and that changes our perspective,
our thoughts and attitudes and our countenance.
We all have something to be grateful for-
Sunshine, beautiful flowers, rain to water crops, plants and flowers,
our family, our jobs and most of all,
our Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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So how do we show Gratitude?
Well of course, we say thank you to those around us.
But digging even deeper, cultivating Gratitude within
our hearts can bring such joy and contentment.
For me, I write the things I am grateful for in my journal .
I like to grab one of my journals,
(I always have quite a few to choose from!)
and spend some time reflecting on my day.
I write down the things I am grateful for.
The more time I spend in my head and my heart feeling gratitude.
truly, the better I feel.
No matter what kind of day I have had,
there is always something to be grateful for.
Whether it's my comfy bed at the end of the day,
or my husband cleaning up the dinner dishes.
These are all things I write down in my journal.
The more I train my mind to think of all of my blessings,
the more I recognize the abundance of what I have received.
I am grateful for my husband, my sweet kiddos,
my extended family and friends.
I am grateful for talents, good health, an able body,
and the ability to be a stay at home mom
who is available when my kids are sick
or have an early dismissal from school.
Being grateful brings such a spirit of Peace!
I am very full of gratitude for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is always there for us.
He feels our pains. He knows of our struggles. All we have to do is reach out to him. He taught us how to pray. He taught us how to live. His life is a legacy of love. He is our Savior who lived and died for us.