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I recently saw a comment that said: “What if you woke up today, with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?” Don’t you think that is a troubling thought? We take so much for granted, at least I know that I do. I consider myself to be grateful but not to the extent of that statement. Therefore, I think that counting your blessings is so important!
Who should we show our gratitude to?
I believe all of our blessings come from God. So we should begin by showing our gratitude to Him?
Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Psalm 106:1
The Bible is full of praises to the Lord. With that in mind, don’t you think we should give thanks, where thanks are due, to our Lord God?
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Colossians 3:17
We should also give thanks to those around us. So above all I owe a debt of gratitude to my family without whom I would still be in a wheelchair and need constant care from.
I was thinking of the things that I am thankful for
The obvious ones are:
*The salvation of my soul
*Our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ
*My wonderful husband and children
*Our extended family
However, there are so many things that we appreciate on a daily basis that we take for granted. This is where I think that a gratitude journal is helpful. I use a gratitude journal for two things. 1. Counting your blessings is important so I write down things that I’m grateful for on that particular day. 2. It’s my handwritten journal, for which I am also thankful. You see, without hands, I use my stylus strapped to my wrist and type everything. However, in my gratitude journal, it’s my opportunity to strap on a pen and write things out. I’ll show you this one day, but right now I write worse than a five-year-old. My goal is to have a before and after version of my journal.
So what kinds of things should go in your gratitude journal? For me, it’s the little things that we don’t think about that we would really miss if they went away.
*My morning coffee
*My breakfast bar
*A text or call from a loving friend
*Time spent with our dog
*A good nights sleep
What about the things that keep your life running?
*Jobs for my husband and all of our kids
*Good health for all of us and their abilities to do those jobs
*Income to pay for housing, heating, and cooling
*The privilege of buying groceries and things we need to run the home
*Gas for the car
*Being able to drive
The smallest things count too and should be brought to mind
*My chocolate addiction, M & Ms
*Double Caramel Magnum bars
*The beauty of the fall foliage
*My favorite channel, the Hallmark channel
*High speed Internet in our home
Don’t forget to list major things
*Rights and privileges of living in the United States
*The privilege to vote
*Living in a free country
*Sunrises and sunsets
*Having the vision to see them
*Getting the prescriptions that I need
I could go on and on. So you see, we have so much to thank God for. I’ve just counted a few of my blessings here. I woke up in the middle of the night and was thinking about how I was going to write this post. Believe it or not, I had a really hard time putting this together. However, as I lay there thinking about all that I have to be thankful for, my list and my prayer started growing.
Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
I challenge you. Remember with thanksgiving all you have to be grateful for. Thank God! Pray! Start or continue in your gratitude journal. Most of all, be thankful. Gratitude should come out daily, not just on Thanksgiving. You might like more ideas to help writing in your journal. Start counting your blessings and I promise, you will find so much to be thankful for in your life. For more ideas to add to your gratitude list, check out: Gratitude from A to Z: Things to be thankful for.
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