Six Ways That Gratitude Works: Part Five


Five:  Gratitude expands our options.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.  Psalm 28:7

When we are stuck in a problem we can only see the problem.  We are in fight or flight mode and our bodies trigger chemical reactions to narrow our mental focus to the perceived threat.  The problem seems huge and we can only see the negative.

Gratitude is an intentional act of focusing on the positive things in our lives. We force our minds to expand the view of the world and remember the positive and good events and people around us. When we focus on the small things around us that are good, we see new possibilities.  We can move forward.

Gratitude for small things opens our eyes and widens our view. It makes us aware of the options that God has provided for us.

 “Thanksgiving creates abundance.”  Ann Voskamp

“If we do little things, God will do the big things.  But we have to do the little things like they are the big things.”  Mark Batterson

“It is inbred in us that we have to do exceptional things for God; but we have not.  We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things.”  Oswald Chambers

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Robert Brault

What small things are you thankful for today? Maybe they are bigger than you think.

Betsy and Laurie

0 comment on Six Ways That Gratitude Works: Part Five

  1. Caddo
    November 26, 2013 at 10:16 pm (7 years ago)

    That is so true, gratitude changes our focus–to see options and gain acceptance, and patience. Just this week, I made a major step in letting God handle something Huge to me–and I credit the “gratitudes” I’ve been practicing. God bless you both–have a blessed Thanksgiving! love, sis Caddo

    • Writing Sisters
      November 27, 2013 at 7:45 am (7 years ago)

      Thanks for your comment! Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. sustainabilitea
    November 27, 2013 at 5:02 am (7 years ago)

    I’m thankful for so many things this Thanksgiving (as always.) May your holiday be blessed with wonderful times and people.


    • Writing Sisters
      November 27, 2013 at 7:45 am (7 years ago)

      Yes. The season reminds us of all that we are thankful for. Be blessed.


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