Practice Gratitude

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The truly prosperous, abundant life that God wants us to have cannot exist apart from gratitude. That is because a thankful heart is a happy heart. When we are thankful, we are better able to appreciate and enjoy life and experience greater fulfillment. We are also more likely to recognize God’s goodness and be conscious of His abiding presence. The inner joy that results strengthens us. And as we grow stronger, we grow closer to God. We get to know Him, love Him, and trust Him more. Giving God thanks and praise becomes a part of our lifestyle.

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There is power in praise. The Bible tells us that God inhabits our praises (Psalm 22:3). When we give Him thanks, the enemy has to flee. Our burdens grow distant. Our faith is increased. We are strengthened and filled with joy. We experience His peace. We embrace His love.

How to Practice Gratitude

We can practice gratitude every day by choosing to be thankful in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:16). Notice that the Bible does not say for everything, but in everything. So even in difficult times, God is with us and gives us reasons to be thankful.

Being thankful is a way of life. It is a way of thinking that affects how we feel and what we do. To make it a part of our life, we must practice it. A great way to do this is to think of at least 3 things every day that you can be thankful for. At the end of the day, before going to sleep, think about all the things that were good and give thanks for them. Record them in a journal if you would like.  (Excerpt taken from my book: Giving Thanks – Why It Makes You Happy, Fills You With Peace and Changes Your Life!)

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thess. 5:16-18)

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. (Psalm 95:2)

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17)

But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. (Psalm 22:3)

You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence. (Acts 2:28)

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. (Colossians 3:16)

We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near. (Psalm 75:1)

I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving. (Psalm 69:30)

Yet he (Abraham) did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was fully strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. (Romans 4:20)

 

Today’s post is written by Krystal Kuehn, author of Healthy Relationships: 10 Keys to Happy & Loving Relationships. Krystal is a psychotherapist, best-selling author, teacher, musician and songwriter. Krystal specializes in helping people live their best life now, reach their full potential, overcome barriers, heal from their past, & develop a happiness lifestyle. Her inspirational and empowering approach has been helping people all over the world for over 20 years. Her books, articles, poetry, and songs have been published locally and internationally. Krystal has a passion for encouraging others. She believes everyone has untapped potential for greatness, and everyone can live a life of fulfillment and true happiness.

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Daily Morning Prayer

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Following are some morning prayers you may want to pray or use as an outline for your own daily morning prayer:

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus gave us the model of how to pray that includes all these elements: adoration, submission, petition, repentance and praise:
Our Father in heaven,
May Your name be honored.
May Your kingdom come soon.
May Your will be done on earth just as it is in heaven.
Give us our food for today,And forgive us our sins,
Just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation,but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom,
And the power, and the glory forever. Amen

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Daily Prayer of Commitment

Father, Thank You for awakening me to this new morning and for keeping me through the night. Thank You for your lovingkindness that never ceases and Your compassions that never fail but are new every morning. I commit this day to You Lord. Help me to put You first in my thoughts and in my heart. And help me to magnify and glorify You in all I do and say. In Jesus’name I pray.Amen

Beloved Prayer of Saint Francis Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

Short and Simple Prayer of Commitment: Prayer by Fr. Judge, late NYFD Chaplain

Tell me where You want me to go;
Let me meet whom You want me to meet;
Tell me what You want me to say,
And keep me out of Your way!

Beautiful Prayer by Cardinal Merciar

O, Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do…give me Your orders. I promise to submit myself to all You desire of me and to accept all that You permit to happen to me.
Let me only know Your will.

Short and Simple Prayer of Commitment

Dear God, I give you this day
All of my work and all of my play
All that I do and all that I say….Amen

Today’s post is written by Krystal Kuehn, author of The 10 Biggest Lies About God and the Truth That Will Set You Free.  Krystal is a psychotherapist, best-selling author, teacher, musician and songwriter. Krystal specializes in helping people live their best life now, reach their full potential, overcome barriers, heal from their past, & develop a happiness lifestyle. Her inspirational and empowering approach has been helping people all over the world for over 20 years. Her books, articles, poetry, and songs have been published locally and internationally. Krystal has a passion for encouraging others. She believes everyone has untapped potential for greatness, and everyone can live a life of fulfillment and true happiness.

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