April 10, 2013

Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

"give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
 
 My girlfriend, leading our weekly ladies Bible study at church said she required only one thing as a homework assignment and that was to write out a list of five things we were thankful for to share in class. I struggled with the assignment getting maybe one or two things written down each week, but as I kept at it, it became easier to find things, even little things, to put on the list.
And as I became better at cultivating gratefulness, my attitude changed. I found myself complaining less and found it easier to praise God and thank my family. My mind was being renewed. It's amazing how that works, isn't it? >J<
It was quite a revelation to me to find I actually enjoyed sharing and then learning what each of the ladies found to thank God for themselves. It spilled over into our corporate prayer-time as well as we discovered ourselves praising God for so much!
However, I "forgot" to keep at it when my girlfriend moved to another part of the country. Take it from me,  it's so easy to slide back into a critical attitude. I decided that I intentionally had to assign myself an "cultivating appointment", hence this blog. I hope there will be others who will join me here and tell me what they are thankful for too. The American holiday, Thanksgiving, comes but once a year, but we can celebrate it all year long if we wish!
 
Okay, so here's my list of five things I'm thankful for this week:
1. A Faithful God and faithful friends.
2. I'm thankful that our son wasn't killed on New Years weekend when he ran into a concrete culvert between the highway lanes after skidding on a slick spot.
3. I'm thankful there was nobody in the warehouse where my husband works when the roof caved in from our recent heavy snow. I am so thankful for God's protection for both our son and my husband! Things can be replaced, but people can't.
4. I'm thankful that my husband, our son, and the neighbor next door was able to get our new-to-us side-by-side frig (an answer to prayer) in the house and that I was able to get it cleaned inside and out without too much problem.
5. I was delighted to see the yellow crocus' blooming across the street along the fence. I know, by the signs, that winter isn't forever!

2 comments:

  1. What a beautiful blog idea!
    Here are a couple from me...
    1) I'm thankful that the fall I dad last week resulted in no more than a bruised leg and knee.
    2) I'm thankful for a husband who loves the Lord and serves Him with all his heart.
    3) I'm thankful for the God who loved us so much He offers us redemption through His Son, Jesus. And for that Son, too!

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  2. What am I thankful for??? My Freedom

    Freedom isnt really free, Someone has paid a dear price for our freedom.

    I paid a price for believing in my counrty and standing up for what is right and in the Constitutition. I swore to protect it against all enemy's foreign and domestic.

    I pay the price every day and am thankful that I still make that payment.

    My voice, my vote, my religion, my right to be free are all part of that payment.

    Anyone can set and complain about freedom in some way or another,

    That is part of that freedom some gave all for.

    I am thankful every day that we are free Americans and we enjoy one of the best lifestyles on the planet. FREEDOM.

    I am thankful for all of my "rights to freedom" every day and every minute with my dying breath I am Thankful to God for my country and its freedoms.

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"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe." (Hebrews 12:28).