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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 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

Thank You

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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

We are thankful today for the community of faith that surrounds us and the community of writers that encourages us daily. If you are reading this you are a part of that community.  Thank you.

Laurie and Betsy

20 Best Quotes About Gratitude

Be-present-in-all-things“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” Maya Angelou

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.”    Jean Baptiste Massieu

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein

“To say thank you, is in recognition of humanity”  Toni Mont

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

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” Meister Eckhart

“When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.” Elie Wiesel

“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 looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.”  CS Lewis

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you’?” – William A. Ward

“Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grows.” 
Henry Ward Beecher

“You say grace before meals.  All right.  But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”  G.K. Chesterton

“Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live.” Jackie Windspear

“For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  Marcel Proust

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”  Thornton Wilder

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
Oprah Winfrey

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” Epictetus

“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

Did we miss one of your favorites?  Please add to the list!

Laurie and Betsy