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. 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.