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My Thankful Heart

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Driving into town the other day this sign caught my attention.  On my way home I stopped and clicked a quick picture.  Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.

A few years ago I read a book by  Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth  titled Attitude of Gratitude.  I attended a Bible Study that used this book for the basis of having a heart of gratitude.  Nancy writes:

“After more than two decades of ministry to hurting people, I have come to believe that a failure to give thanks is at the heart of much, if not most, of the sense of gloom, despair, and despondency that is so pervasive even among believers today. Furthermore, many of the sins that are plaguing and devastating our society can be traced back to the oft-undetected root of unthankfulness.

The “attitude of gratitude” is something that desperately needs to be cultivated in our hearts, our homes, and our society. Its presence brings a host of other blessings, while its absence has profound, lethal repercussions.”

It seems that people think that gratitude follows happiness. But my experience tells me it is just the opposite – being thankful makes you happy!

Here are a couple of suggestions for ways to become more grateful.

Start the day giving God praise and thanksgiving.  You can make it simple – He doesn’t mind simple at all!  Father God, I am so grateful for the good night’s rest.  I am thankful for the warmth and comfort I am waking up to.  I am thankful that no matter what this day holds for me, you are with me.  Amen. Simple but powerful start to your day.

Keep a gratitude journal. Each day write down several things you are grateful for.  Research shows this one small practice can make you feel more optimistic and better about your life!

Write a thank you note.  This is powerful.  Sending a thank you note to someone who least expects it will bring you a sense of gratefulness, satisfaction, and joy knowing you will be surprising someone with the note.

Make a phone call or send a text or an email saying “thank you” to someone who has blessed you.  Or send a message to say “thinking of you” to someone you want to bless.  The real blessing will be yours as you feel joy for this simple act of kindness.

Another idea I read this week is to “take inventory”.  Get a piece of paper and write – yes, handwrite! – a list of everything that makes you happy, from the little (for me really fizzy water) to the large like cuddling with someone you love!  And then once a day do something off the list.  Be grateful, be happy!

I am grateful to you!  I am grateful you take time to stop by our blog and especially leave comments and cheer us on!

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving each and every day.
~ Blessings, Catherine

 

 

Soul Food: God’s Everlasting Love

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God Bless American Psalm 33-12 copy
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”  Romans 8:31-32 (ESV)

Many people claim this scripture verse as “their favorite” and rightly so.  When God says, I, the creator of universe am with you, how in this world under the sun can I feel alone?  I too claim this scripture as one of my favorites and often times the one I run to when I feel the world closing in on me.  Thank you LORD for reminding me to stop my striving and switch my focus from my problems to Your Presence.

Dear Heavenly Father, what an everlasting Father you are! When you tell me -  You, the Creator of the Universe, are with me, I am awestruck and speechless.  This mental picture brings me to my knees in worship of you.   LORD, I understand that you are sovereign and your thoughts are not my thoughts and your ways are not my ways.  And when I look at the mess I tend to make of my days, I am forever grateful that you are with me.  It is because I believe you and feel your presence in my life that I can accept your gift of grace and everlasting love.  Thank you for the sacrifice Jesus made so that you and I can have this relationship. The sacrifice that shows that You are for me even when the world stands against me. Thank you Lord for loving me today, tomorrow, and always.  Thank you for blessing the nation I live in.
 In Jesus Precious and Holy Name, Amen.

Have a blessed day,
~Catherine

Isaiah 55:8 (ESV)
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.

 

Psalm 33:12 (ESV)
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

 

Soul Food: Love My Enemies

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Yellow Iris at praycookblog.com
Yellow Iris at praycookblog.com

It’s so easy to love beautiful things. It’s easy to call this yellow Iris “lovely”.   But I read in the book of Matthew today that Jesus tells us to love our enemies.  Love the ones who don’t love us.  I find this is much more difficult and actually opposite of my human nature.  As I thought about this directive I realized I need help in this area.  I wrote this prayer as I spoke to God.  If you find it difficult to love your enemies then maybe you will pray this prayer too.

“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”  Matthew 5:44 (ESV)

My Heavenly Father, you are such an awesome God. Thank you dear Lord for the lessons you are teaching me through the study of scripture.  Lord, I do believe that all scripture is breathed out by you. As I read your Word my heart hears your voice.  I can always pray for those I love and care about. But your Word tells me to love my enemies, care about those who do not care about me back.  Father, I pray the Holy Spirit will show me how to forgive others, even those who have harmed me. How to love one another as you would have me to do. Thank you for the extreme example I have in forgiving, even as Jesus Christ has forgiven me. As I move through this day may I look to you for guidance, direction and even correction.                  In Jesus Precious and Holy Name. Amen.

God Bless You Today,
~Catherine

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32
“All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”
2 Timothy 3:16

 

 

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