Practicing Gratefulness

Grateful, Being positive
I was getting negative…letting difficult situations in my life color everything…going to bed sad and waking up sad.

Desperate for a change, I read Philippians 4:8 and asked God to teach me to have a grateful heart.

I started by acknowledging the good things in life I take for granted:

“Thank You, Lord, for a warm bed and a hot shower—luxuries in some parts of the world."
"Thank you, Lord, for the beauty of nature."
“Thank You, Lord, for hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch.”
Even things like:
“Thank You for showing me that item on sale."

Little by little, I found my heart changing. Good things were easier to notice, and I was happier. My difficulties were the same, but I was changing. 

Even If you’re not feeling down, I encourage you to join me in developing a grateful heart “and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:9 (NIV)
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2012

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7 comments:

  1. Thanks for another needed, great reminder and practical application from God's Word!

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  2. And this is why we continue to count our One Thousand Gifts over and over again with each passing year! Transformation.

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  3. God is so good to give us ways to think and live positively. I need His help daily! I'm glad this devotion blessed you, Kim and Rebecca.

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  4. Great reminder! At first I thought counting off my One Thousand Gifts sounded a little too trendy, but thinking about what we can be thankful for really does change how we view the world, doesn't it?

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  5. Your transparency and postings are such a blessing to me :D

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    1. Thank you, Wendy, for such a short, sweet, encouraging comment. You blessed me. Another thing to be grateful for today : )

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  6. I absolutely identify with this. You wrote nearly the exact same thing that I did a while ago, just you did it with fewer words. :) It always amazes me that the way we view our life is made up of thousands of tiny little view-choices each day.

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