Give Thanks

19 11 2014

Want to feel less stressed, healthier, and more energetic?

Research shows that there are many benefits to exercising gratitude. Here’s a post with several links http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_articles.asp?id=1541

In fact, this research shows that people who wrote down 5 things that they were thankful for, once a week for 10 weeks, experienced less stress and felt happier as a long term life change. Sound good?

When I Give Thanks my Faith Produces Joy

The practice of giving thanks reminds us of all that is good and produces a focus on God.

Here’s some great verses to read this week:

Psalm 100:1-5  “I will enter into your gates with thanksgiving, be thankful,”

Psalm 28:7 “The Lord is my strength and shield. Songs of Thanksgiving,”

Psalm 30:11-12 “mourning into dancing, give you thanks”

In Psalm 103:1-5 we find a contrast to before and after God’s love, a gratitude list:

  • Sinful                                     Forgiven
  • Sick                                        Healed
  • Doomed                                Redeemed
  • Ashamed                              Crowned
  • Dissatisfied                           Satisfied
  • Decaying                               Renewed

What are you thankful for?

I’ve noticed social media posts that many of my friends have made this year, listing what they are grateful for. It’s truly powerful.

In Philippians 4:4-9, Paul writes about the specific steps we can take to experience more peace:

You may be familiar with the phrase, “Be anxious for nothing, but in all things…with thanksgiving make your requests known to God……the peace of God which passes understanding will guard…” These are powerful words to live by. It works!

  • Be full of joy
  • Don’t worry about anything
  • Pray about everything
  • Fix your thoughts on what is good
  • Put into practice what Jesus and Paul taught
  • God of peace will be with you

Result: Joy, Peace, Faith state of being that
– guards our hearts and
– guides our lives in Jesus.

What to do?

  1. Take time to think about what you are thankful for, in every area of your life.
  2. Write lists of 5 things, once a week, for the rest of the year.
  3. Thank God with your words and actions.
  4. Tell someone else, your list or fill in these blanks: “my _ may be_, but I am _ because God _ me.”

Here’s a previous post I wrote about the “Thanksgiving Prayer”. http://bit.ly/UTvoud


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