#GRATITUDE

(from Streams of Living Water for a Thirsty Soul)

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” Psalm 100:4

One of the things that helps us get through the emotional wilderness faster is to praise God, count our blessings and thank God for them as we name them one by one. When we’re feeling low, it’s hard to feel gratitude, but when we really focus in on those things that are blessings (and we all have some) and thank God for them, it can change the tone of our feelings. God has blessed all of us with countless good things. Yes, there are hard things in all of our situations, too, and if we keep  our minds on them, we lose perspective and feel that all of life is hard.

For starters, we can praise God for who He is–the God above all gods who is always worthy of our praise no matter what. Then there are those many spiritual blessings–the fact that God loves us so much, Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins–and on and on. There are also the physical blessings: food, clothing, shelter (maybe not exactly the kind we’d like to have, but blessings nonetheless). If we take the time and  make the effort, we will find many things to be thankful for. An “attitude of gratitude” goes a long way toward alleviating negative and hopeless feelings.

PRAYER: Help me, God, to concentrate on my blessings instead of on the hard things in my life. Thank You so much for (name your blessings).

Related verses: Psalm 50:14-15, 95:1-6; Philippians 4:6-7; Colossians 2:6-7

 

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