Six Ways That Gratitude Works: Part Two

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 Two: Gratitude lowers anxiety.

When we think too much about the future we worry. The “what ifs”  kick in and we can begin to become anxious. We can focus on what we think we will need in the future and miss the blessings that we have today.

What if we could just be thankful for today?

Do we have something to eat today?  Thank God.

Do we have on some clothes?  Thank God.

Are we breathing today?  Thank God.

God tells us his name is I Am – present tense.  He is the God of now.  Our gratitude for what we have today reminds us that God has provided for us and lowers our anxiety about the future.

 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

 Can we be thankful just for today?

Here dies another day

During which I have had eyes, ears, hands

And the great world around me;

And with tomorrow begins another.

Why am I allowed two?

G. K. Chesterton

What are you thankful for today?

Betsy and Laurie

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  1. Jeanne Webster
    November 18, 2013 at 11:29 am (7 years ago)

    Am thankful for His mercy and love, despite my many failings AND forgetfulness to show Him gratitude. Sometimes life goes by too fast! Thank You, Lord, for Your patience and steadfastness. Amen

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  2. Caddo
    November 18, 2013 at 3:57 pm (7 years ago)

    I’m thankful Deb and her family are alive, following the devastating tornado yesterday. God is Sovereign.

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  3. sustainabilitea
    November 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm (7 years ago)

    Excellent post! One thing for which I’m thankful today is time with friends.

    janet

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