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

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

  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.

  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?

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

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

  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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