Posts Tagged ‘Gratitude’

What Does the Bible Say About Gratitude?

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What does the Bible say about gratitude?  Here are some of our favorite verses.

Now, our God, we give you thanks,
 and praise your glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:14

That my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever! Psalm 30:12

I will thank you in the great congregation; in the mighty throng I will praise you. Psalm 35:18

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! Psalm 100:4

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 107:1

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.” Isaiah 12:4-5

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it 1 Corinthians 11:23

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!  2 Corinthians 9:15

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, Philippians 1:3

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

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers Philemon 1:4

Betsy and Laurie

 

Six Ways That Gratitude Works: Part Six

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Six:  Gratitude deepens relationships.

 I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers . . .  Philemon 1:4

We are made for relationships–with God and with other people. Relationships can’t happen unless we can come to each other with a humble spirit.  Gratitude for others opens in us humility and allows us to enter more deeply into our relationships.

“I try hard to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion we can ever know.”  Bill W.

“In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.”   Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”  Albert Schweitzer

 Who are you thankful for today?

We are thankful for you!

Betsy and Laurie

http://www.WritingSisters.com

Six Ways That Gratitude Works: Part Five

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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

http://www.WritingSisters.com

Six Ways That Gratitude Works: Part Four

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Four:  Gratitude glorifies God.

 I will praise the name of God with a song;

I will magnify him with thanksgiving.

Psalm 69:30

When David says, “I will magnify God with thanksgiving,” he does not mean: “I will make a small God look bigger than he is.” He means: “I will make a big God begin to look as big as he really is.” We are not called to be microscopes, but telescopes. Christians are not called to be con-men who magnify their product out of all proportion to reality, when they know the competitor’s product is far superior. There is nothing and nobody superior to God. And so the calling of those who love God is to make his greatness begin to look as great as it really is. The whole duty of the Christian can be summed up in this: feel, think, and act in a way that will make God look as great as he really is. Be a telescope for the world of the infinite starry wealth of the glory of God.

I Will Magnify God With Thanksgiving John Piper

Are you thankful to God?  Be a telescope.

Betsy and Laurie

http://www.WritingSisters.com

Six Ways That Gratitude Works: Part Three

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Three: Gratitude increases self-esteem.

Saying “Thank you” acknowledges that someone has done something for us.  If we acknowledge that someone has done something for us then it follows that they value us.

Every time we say “Thank you” to another person, we are admitting that we have value. And when we thank God for our blessings we become aware that He loves us.

“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.  Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.” Thomas Merton

Saying “Thank you” blesses us and reinforces our sense of self-esteem.  God esteems us greatly.

 Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 106:1

Do you feel blessed when you say “Thank you”?

Thank you for reading this today!

Betsy and Laurie

http://www.WritingSisters.com

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

http://www.WritingSisters.com

Six Ways that Gratitude Works: Part One

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One: Gratitude shifts our focus to what is important.

When we express thanks we are focusing on the good things in our lives.  We look at what is working instead of what is not working.  What we have instead of what we don’t have.  Who we love instead of who we don’t love.  We are reminded of what is really important in our lives, our values, family, friends, goals and achievements.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

“In the entire history of the universe, let alone in your own history, there has never been another day just like today, and there will never be another just like it again. Today is the point to which all your yesterdays have been leading since the hour of your birth. It is the point from which all your tomorrows will proceed until the hour of your death. If you were aware of how precious today is, you could hardly live through it. Unless you are aware of how precious it is, you can hardly be said to be living at all.”    Frederick Buechner

 Focusing on the lovely, admirable things in our lives reminds us of God’s goodness.

 O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 1 Chronicles 16:34

Does gratitude make a difference in how you view your life?  How you view God?

Betsy and Laurie

http://www.WritingSisters.com

Are You Thankful?

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“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer

Gratitude is a powerful thing.

Please join us for a guest post on The Surrendered Servant.  We are sharing our thankfulness for people in our lives.  Maybe you have some to share too.

Come join the conversation.

Betsy and Laurie

Draw Near to God: Day 14

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Day Fourteen: Being Grateful

Then it was said among the nations,

The Lord has done great things for them.

The Lord has done great things for us,

and we are filled with joy.

Psalm 126: 2-3

When we look back at the journey of our lives there are things we are thankful for.  Living a life in gratitude helps us notice Goodness as we encounter it and that brings joy.

In the entire history of the universe, let alone in your own history, there has never been another day just like today, and there will never be another just like it again. Today is the point to which all your yesterdays have been leading since the hour of your birth. It is the point from which all your tomorrows will proceed until the hour of your death. If you were aware of how precious today is, you could hardly live through it. Unless you are aware of how precious it is, you can hardly be said to be living at all. — Frederick Buechner

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. — Melody Beattie

Whenever God brings His deliverances they are so supernatural that we are staggered with amazement.  It is one of the most helpful spiritual exercises to reckon what God has done for us already.  When God wanted to make His ancient people realize what manner of God He was, He said, “Remember the crossing of the Red Sea,” and in the New Testament Paul says, “Remember, it is God who raised Jesus from the dead.”  These two things are the unit of measurement of God’s power.  If I want to know what God can do, He is the God who made a way through the sea; if it is a question of power for my life, the measurement of that is the resurrection of Jesus. I call upon my soul to remember what God has done and it makes me bold to entreat Him to do it again. — Oswald Chambers, The Highest Good

Are you thankful for your journey?

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

James 4:8

Draw Near to God: Day Eleven

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Day Eleven: Praying for Help

Praise be to the Lord,

who has not let us be torn by their teeth.

We have escaped like a bird

out of the fowler’s snare;

the snare has been broken,

and we have escaped.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 124: 6-8

There is danger in the world.  Where can we find help?

Here is the big question.  What is God doing when you are in a bind?  When the lifeboat springs a leak? When the ripcord snaps? When the last penny is gone before the last bill is paid? When the last hope left on the last train?  What is God doing?

I know what we are doing.  Nibbling on nails like corn on the cob.  Pacing floors.  Taking pills.  I know what we do.

But what does God do?  Big question.  Real big.  If God is sleeping, I’m duck soup.  If he is laughing, I’m lost.  If he is crossing his arms and shaking his head, then saw off the limb, Honey, it’s time to crash. . .

So what do you think?  What does God do when you are in a bind?  That question can be answered with one word: fight.  He fights for us.  He steps into the ring and points us to the corner and takes over.  “You need only to remain calm; the Lord will fight for you.” (Ex 14:14)

His job is to fight.  Our job is to trust.

Just trust.  Not direct.  Or question.  Or yank the steering wheel out of his hands.  Our job is to pray and wait.  Nothing more is necessary.  Nothing more is needed.

Max Lucado, Experiencing the Heart of Jesus

This season,

May I be reborn

Washed clean

Made new

Forgiven

Spectacularly loved.

Remind me who I am.

Forgive me for my shadow sides,

Please heal my broken wings

That I might fly

With You.

Amen

Marianne Williamson,  Illuminated Prayers

How do you handle difficult situations?  Do you “yank the steering wheel out of His hands?”  Or do you wait and pray?

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

James 4:8

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