4 Important Truths about Gratitude that will Bless You Every Day
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4 Important Truths about Gratitude
1. Gratitude is a choice.
Grateful people don’t wait until they get what they want to be thankful. They choose to celebrate what they have. Even when life is hard . . . there are always things to celebrate with thankfulness.
In every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:18 (AMP)
That’s not necessarily being thankful for our circumstances . . . it is simply being thankful that God loves us, is with us, and gives us everything we need one day at a time no matter what our circumstances.
2. Gratitude will make you happier.
Grateful people count their blessings and that simple act alone makes a person happier. And happy appreciative people have better relationships, are more successful at work, feel better physically and mentally, and generally cope with life better than their counterparts. Seriously, you could almost be grateful for selfish reasons! Gratitude is good for you!
The Lord is my strength and my safe cover. My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. So my heart is full of joy. I will thank Him with my song.Psalm 28:7 (NLV)
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” ~Denis Waitley
3. Gratitude is easier than you think.
Grateful people express thankfulness in simple habit-forming ways every day. They say please and thank you as soon as possible. They are encouragers who compliment more than they complain. If you need help counting your blessings and making gratefulness part of each day, this printable can get you started…
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.Psalm 118:24 (ESV)
4. Gratitude is a powerful way to share God’s love.
Grateful people respond to God’s love with both words and actions by not only saying “thank you” and singing His praises but by loving and appreciating the people God puts around them. When we are thankful for God’s blessings we want to share them.
Because when you and I love someone we can’t help but show them
God showed how much He loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him . . . Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.1 John 4:9, 11
A Prayer Thanking God for the Truths about Gratitude
Father, Thank you for giving us so many reasons to be grateful. You gave us Jesus to save us and make it possible for us to spend eternity with You in the home being prepared for us. You give us everything we need each day to live with joy, peace, love, hope, and so much more. If you never did another thing for us that would be enough for us to live each day with gratitude and praise.
The enemy tenaciously taunts us with problems and predicaments trying to tempt us to doubt all the blessings we enjoy because of Your grace, mercy, and love. Please forgive me for giving attention to his lies.
With Your Spirit’s help, I will choose Your truths about gratitude and celebrate each day with love, joy, peace, and patience. I will lift up the name of Jesus with praise and thanksgiving. I will enjoy the blessing of happiness because of your all-sufficient provision. I give myself to You, my Lord and Savior. Amen.
The Truth about Gratitude that Blesses Every Day
Rev has a saying he uses when he finds himself being dragged down by the difficulties of the day. It’s a phrase he started saying when he had constrictive pericarditis and lived a little more than a year with all the symptoms of congestive heart failure.
It goes like this…
“If I wait until I feel good and life looks perfect to be thankful and happy, I may never be thankful and happy again.”
It’s a truth about gratitude that we have been intentionally applying again recently because…
After months of symptoms and testing . . . Rev has been diagnosed with a progressive and incurable illness.
The enemy taunts and tempts us to focus on the diagnosis and live with fear. But when we do that, we are robbed of joy, peace, contentment and so much more.
So, with the Lord’s help, we will take every thought captive and live each day praising and thanking God. Because we know that when we live the truths about gratitude and focus on all the Lord has done, is doing, and promises to do in the future we are happier and we have what we need to shine the light of His love.
A love that is always greater than our circumstances.
So, will you join us? Let’s intentionally count our blessings and thank the One who gives us immeasurable reasons to be thankful every day.
Because . . . His truths about gratitude promise to bless us every day.
May living with gratitude be a joy-filled habit for each of us.
“To be always in a thankful state of heart before God is not to be considered a high plane of spirituality but rather the normal attitude of one who believes that ‘all things work together for good to them that love God, who are called according to His purpose.'” ~ William Law
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I will pray for healing for your husband and God’s presence during this difficult time.
Thanks so very much, Mary! God bless you!
Deb, thank you for all that you do. Your dedication to spreading God’s word helps so many of us. It really does. Count me in to pray for you and Rev. It is a pleasure to be able to do so. The Lord is our strength.
The Lord is our strength, Jean. I can’t imagine trying to do a moment without Him. Thank you so much for your prayers! God bless you!
Thank you Deb!!
Such a great reminder to all of us, and I think if we intentionally seek to be grateful for what God has already provided for us, and continues to provide for us, this world (fallen and finite as it may be) will be a much better place while we wait for our Savior to return!
Amen, Ken! I completely agree. Thanks for visiting and for joining the conversation. God bless you!
What a most wonderful post Deb, though I am so very sorry to hear about Rev’s illness. My family and I are also dealing with my beloved brother, Larry, being recently diagnosed with throat cancer. He has some other health issues anyway and this has just broken our hearts. We are all praying of course and I know that God will be with us through the journey ahead. But, I know that even in the midst of the unknowns and the fears and concerns I am dealing with right now, there is still so much to be thankful and grateful for. I will continue to give praise and be thankful to our Father in Heaven for the many, many blessings He showers us with every minute of every day! His grace is sufficient!
I will be praying for Rev and you and your family, sweet friend. And You are one of the blessings that I am so very grateful for!
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits!
Thank you, Kathy! I’m sorry to hear about your brother. I’m happy to lift him up in prayer as well. I’m so thankful we can run to the Lord when going through life’s challenges. Thank you for being an encourager and prayer partner in my life. God bless you!
You and the Rev. are in my prayers. I am so sorry you have to go through this, but the attitude you both have is wonderful and full of trust and love for God.
What a good example you both show to all of us.
I am fortunate to have a man in my life who is always grateful no matter what. God put us together because HE knew I needed this man. He is a wonderful encourager for me and reminds me that GOD IS ALWAYS IN CHARGE and wants the best for me. I am blessed and that is one of my grateful reflections each day.
And, I am so glad that I saw your blogs on line. We all need this type of encourgement that you have blessed us with.
Prayers for you and the Rev.
Thank you, Sue! We are so very blessed by your prayers. It is a gift to be married to a grateful encourager, isn’t it? Thank you for blessing me with your kind encouragement. I love being able to do this and it gives me joy to learn that it is blessing someone. God be with you!
Thank you so much for continuing to share your and Rev’s wisdom and grace, even during your trying times. You are truly a radiator of God’s divine love. I am honored to lift you, Rev and all who share your life with you up in my prayers. I know His love will carry you through.
Thank you so very much for your prayers, Amanda. And thank you as well for your kind words of encouragement. They truly bless us! God be with you!
Know that both Rev and you will be in my prayers, Deb. Your post here about gratitude, especially in the light of what you’re facing now, rings with resounding resolve and trust in the Lord, no matter what. May God hold you close each and every day.
Thank you so much, Martha! I can’t tell you how much your prayers mean to us. God bless you and Danny today and every day. Hugs!
What a blessing I received from your post today! I get inspired from all that you write, but today’s post was just what I needed and sent by God. My mother is suffering from Parkinson’s, and I’ve had a hard time counting my blessings lately. God spoke to me through your post today, and I will be thankful for all things in my life. My prayers are with you and your husband.
I’m so glad you were blessed and encouraged, Rhonda. Rev has ALS. It is so hard to watch our loved ones struggle with failing health. I will pray for your mom and for you! God be with you, bless you, and surround you with His love.
Thank you Deb for this wonderful reminder to be grateful in little things, big things and all things. It helps me to remember that “this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” That blesses my soul.
I also want you to know that I am praying for you and Rev as you are going through this present difficulty. May God’s peace, comfort and care sustain you both.
Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and for your prayers, Karen! They truly do bless us! God be with you!
My heart and prayers are with you and Rev. So very sorry for having to face this difficult situation. I honestly can say that I feel your pain, the potential fear, worry by being in this circumstance, as I’m sharing it with you by dealing with my husband’s incurable ailness. But through this time I learned that indeed the Lord is True to His Word. His love is everlasting even through the seizures, the fear, worry and despondency. There is that loving arm reaching down, picking me up and set my feet on the Path again with a renewed Trust, Faith and determination that the God Who brought us to life, Who created all, Who promised to care for us, will NOT LEAVE US and see us through.
And I can only say the same to you dear friend, your Heavenly Father, your God and Lord is there with both of you. Strenghthening, encouraging, loving, consoling…. He’s walking beside both of you as He promised without ever taking His eyes off of you.
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
“I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”
Psalm 34:4–5, 8
“For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.'” Isaiah 41,13
Blessings and prayers with you and Rev 🙏❤️
I know your husband has struggled with illness. I’m sorry. It is hard to watch our loved ones hurting and their health failing. Thank you so much for your encouragement and for these verses. We will continue to cling to the Lord. He will hold us close and He will bring us home. God bless you!
I remembered Deb you said that you like Rend Collective. Let the Holy Spirit make these verses healing and helpful in your difficulty –
“You were there in the valley of shadows
You were there in the depth of my sorrows
You’re my strength, my hope for tomorrow
I’ve been blessed beyond all measure
I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing
Letting go and trusting when I cannot see
I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing
Surely every season you are good to me”
God Bless, sustain and strengthen you with His Love ❤️🙏
Thanks so much, Gaby! I love that song. I actually have the video of Rend Collection singing on my About Me Page on the blog. It’s my prayer for every day . . . to count my blessings in all circumstances. Thanks again for your prayers and kind encouragement. Blessings, my friend!
Beautiful words and testament of faith, Gaby. I am sorry that You are suffering through this illness of your loved one. I will be praying for him and for you. I know your days are not easy, but God will strengthen and comfort you through it all. He is faithful to keep all His Promises! Bless You and my God grant you peace and hope as you rest in His Love.
❤️😇🙏 thank you dear Kathy for us, for Deb and everyone who faces suffering. It’s been a very trying road in the past 4 yrs, but very rewarding. It thought me to never take my eyes off Jesus…one second we need His help and in the next, giving Him praises to come through for us 🙏 I’m one of those people who learnes the best when my hard head hits the wall and my hiney stinks of pain. Yet I say, bless Him Who knows best how to lead us Home. Bless you for the prayers and care 💞😇🙏
I am praying for Rev. and you that you will both be able to praise God in this storm. There is a song called PRAISE YOU IN THIS STORM that may be a blessing to you.
I believe that you will still be counting your blessings through this difficult time.
Thank you so very much, Robin! I love that song! Thank you for reminding me of it again! God bless you! By God’s grace and will His help we will count our blessings. Amen!