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Thankfulness: To God and to Others

Thankfulness is a very strong emotion that can bring about many blessings. Thankfulness is a chief cornerstone in God’s will for us. We are commanded by God to be thankful. There are many references in the Bible to being thankful. Here are a few for your review:

> “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

> “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:1-3

> “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 69:30

Walking with God along the high road of thanksgiving you will find all the delights and blessings He has ready for you. To protect your thankfulness, you must remember that you reside in a fallen world, where blessings and sorrows intermingle freely. Sadly, a constant focus on adversity defeats far too many Christians. They walk through a day that is brimming with beauty and brightness, seeing only the grayness of their own dark thoughts. Neglecting the practice of giving thanks has darkened their minds.

How precious God’s children are who remember to thank Him at all times. They can walk through the darkest days with joy in their hearts because they know that the light of His presence is still shining on them. In happy moments, PRAISE GOD. In difficult moments, SEEK GOD.

In quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
In painful moments, TRUST GOD.
In every moment, THANK GOD.

Being thankful regardless of the situation can be tough at times.

Thankfulness takes a certain amount of mental discipline a high level of positive emotional energy. This takes practice. It may not come to you overnight, however with the right tools you can certainly achieve more thankfulness in your daily life among people and in your walk with God.

Tips on how to be more thankful and raise your emotional energy level:

• Believe and have faith. You believe in God, He is with you always. Therefore, believe and know that all will work itself out because it all eventually always does when God is involved.

• Music. Listen to some of your favorite songs and artists that you know will lift your spirits. Music is tonic for the soul.

• Redirect Negative Thoughts. If you have a negative thought that crosses your mind, do what you can to redirect that thought into a positive statement. Removing old, negative thoughts and replacing them with positive thoughts and warm feelings toward others will allow God’s blessings to work in your life.

• Do something you love. Doing something for yourself is a very good way to help raise your awareness of being thankful. Special time with loved ones, a hobby, playing a musical instrument, an athletic activity. Make sure you MAKE the time to do what you LOVE every day.

• Eat healthy. It is very important to have a well-balanced diet with good eating habits. Foods known to help increase your health, mental clarity and overall well being are whole organics and fresh foods such as raw vegetables, fruits, berries and nuts. Also, drinking lots of fresh clear water to flush out your toxins is a really helpful way to raise our energy level and stay healthy.

• Eliminate worry. Worry doubt and fear are negative emotions that lead us away from being thankful to God. By eliminating worrying you are reducing the impact of stress in your life. Stay focused on the holy spirit and the guidance it brings. The holy spirit will lead you toward positive feelings of trust, faith and believing which in turn produces feelings of thankfulness.

• Exercise. Exercising is known to be one of the best forms of maintaining health and vitality. Do what you can do to get your blood flowing and your energy up.

• Read. Whatever it is that you are drawn to that makes you feel good, read it and enjoy. The Bible is always a great choice of reading material to start with!

• Write in your journal. Writing your feelings and emotions are a very healthy way for you to express thankfulness to God. It’s also a handy way to list all the things you are thankful for. Use this list to remind you of God’s grace and mercy toward you next time you are feeling sad.

• Focus on the good. A lot of bad can happen to us on any given day but by keep in mind there is ALWAYS good in everything. By doing this, it tends to shift our focus from the negative to the positive AND heal our hearts a lot quicker and easier. By focusing on the positive in every situation you are able to be in control of how it affects you emotionally.

• Nature. Go outside and be with the naturalness of nature. Be outside with the bunnies, birds, squirrels, trees, flowers, grass, the skies, the clouds, the rivers, oceans, deserts…you name it. The pure beauty of nature is refreshing and sure to lift one’s spirits.

• Release and let go of any material items that do not serve you anymore. Sometimes holding on to things can be an emotional burden. By ridding yourself of the chaff you are able to create more space in your life for the things that God wants to bless you with.

• Write a list of goals to accomplish. It is fun to check off things on your “To-Do List.” as you complete them. Makes you feel good about yourself knowing you are getting somewhere and making a difference in your life and in the lives of others.

• Prayer. Pray often. There is always time to pray. In the morning right after you wake up, in the shower, while making breakfast, driving to work, while standing in lines, during lunch, after dinner and before bed are a few of many examples. Pray out loud while in private or pray quietly in your heart when appropriate.

• Laugh and Smile. Tell jokes, go to a comedy club, watch a funny movie, be with the people you love, play board games, and do what it is that makes you smile and laugh. Having a sense of humor and enjoying a good heart-felt belly laugh are two very good ways to help you raise your feelings of thankfulness.

• Focus on love, share love. Train your thoughts to love everyone and everything. It is said that our perception of the outer world is a direct self-reflection of our inner self. Share as much love as possible because whatever you put out always comes back to you.

• Watch the words you use. Words are powerful tools. The tongue is a mighty two-edged sword. It can speak blessing or cursing. The choice is yours.

• Say YES more often! When opportunities arise that are beneficial, say YES! There should not be any reason to pass up a positive experience that you sure to profit from in some way.

• Create. Create your life the way you want your life to be. What works for others, may not work for you. Be original, be bold, use your imagination and visualize how it is you want your life to play out- and then let God do His thing.

In Conclusion

Keep in mind that if you do not receive exactly what you want, maybe God has something better in store for you. Stay thankful for all the good and seemingly bad things that happen to you. Know that when you are being guided by the holy spirit, the Apostle Paul says, “…all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) And then believe that all will fall right into place.

Have fun creating the life you have always dreamed and keep in mind, nothing is too small or too big for God to handle. Jesus said in Matthew 19:26, “…with God all things are possible.” Enjoy and be thankful!

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