A Christian’s heavenly journey with his feet on the ground. Treasures shared that are discovered along the way.
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Saturday, October 27, 2007

An Attitude of Gratitude

I still have a lot to learn in the area of gratefulness and need to have a more thankful heart, especially when things don't seem to be going so well.

The least we can do is thank God for His blessings and for His love for us. It warms His heart and does us good, builds our faith, makes us more aware of His Presence and keeps the enemy away. It's good for us and for God! When we thank God and give Him the glory for a practical blessing, we also receive a spiritual blessing.

I always try to put the day to rest well before going to bed, it's one way to ensure a good night's sleep. This entails remembering the day's events and giving thanks. On a less regular basis, I often make a 'blessings list' in my journal. It includes all the things that have gone so well in the past month and recalling some of the amazing ways God has worked in our lives.

During times when life is difficult and God seems far away, I go back to these lists to remind myself what an awesome God we have. I find it encourages me, lifts my spirits and reminds me that He has my best interests at heart.

The old hymn is still as good today:

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1856-1922

"... be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Good News Bible