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My Thankful Heart

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

 

 

Feed Your Soul with Thanksgiving

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It is Thanksgiving week.  No doubt you and I are just like millions of other Americans scurrying around to prepare for the “perfect Thanksgiving.”  Decorations, beautiful food, scrumptious sweet desserts, all wrapped up in a warm, cozy house, and a smile that will last for hours.

But today I am reminded of the sisters Mary and Martha.  Also scurrying around the house to prepare a beautiful meal for the Lord, Jesus and his band of merry men. (Am I mixing my stories? I think not.)

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Way too often I am Martha.  Ten extra guests? No problem.  Turkey not quite done? No problem.  Dishes still left to do at midnight?  Okay, problem. 

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Courtsey of www.incourage.me

Way too often I am the one complaining, “Lord! Make someone help me.”

Luke 10:38-42  Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

I am writing today to encourage each of you to feed your soul this Thanksgiving first and foremost before feeding your body.

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You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; Psalm 65:9-13

Before serving up the turkey and dressing spend some precious time giving Thanks and praise to the one who provides.

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Before you serve the sweet potatoes consider the sweet promises that are given to us in abundance.

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While the mashed potatoes and gravy are being whipped up give praise to the one who reminds us to be joyous, pray, and give thanks!

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As the cranberry sauce is jelling, take time to love on family and friends.

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Before the vegetables are passed around the table, take time to remember where our spiritual strength comes from.

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And then comes the pie, oh, the pie.

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This week take time “to choose the right thing.”  The Martha in you (and me) can wait.  Let’s sit at the feet of Jesus, praising him with a grateful heart this Thanksgiving.

Many Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving,
~Catherine

Thank you to Shannon at Sweet Blessings for the chalkboard verses!

 

 

 

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