Fresh Hope – 12th February 2018

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ― Melody Beattie

What are you grateful for today? This question can make many of us think long and hard but yet we find it easier to complain about things. That’s human nature, but every day we have a choice, we can live thankfully or we can live dissatisfied. We can be grateful for all the blessings God has brought into our lives, or we can murmur and complain about all that we don’t have. Gratitude is an attitude that comes out of the habit of giving thanks. All through the Psalms, no matter what David was facing, we read his outpouring of gratitude to God. As he encountered good times and bad times, David always turned back to the truth of God’s goodness. This attitude often carried him through the hardest of situations. Psalms 100:1-5 “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations”.

A friend recently told me how her and her other friends had decided to create a ‘gratitude jar’ – where each day each one writes down one thing that they are thankful for on a piece of paper and puts it into their gratitude jar. The idea is that at the end of the month or year, they will each have a jar of remembrance which they can read through. I thought this was a great practical way of always remembering the positive we have around us and counting our blessings one by one, because so often we lose count of what we have been blessed with. They do not have to be big hair-raising, show-stopping moments, they can be the simplest smallest things, like an answered silent prayer for a parking space, it shows that God is at hand in our lives and he is interested even in the smallest details. Don’t wait another day to begin thanking God for all the good things He has done for you…even in the midst of your pain. 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

If your focus is on being thankful to God for the good things in your life, then the words you speak are going to be more uplifting—and the result is more joy for you.
Consider making it a daily activity, just as we teach our little ones to say please and thank you through repetition and relentless reminders, we also need to learn to express our thanks to the Father through consistency. The more we meditate on God’s goodness and practice our thanks no matter what our circumstance, the more it will naturally flow out of our hearts. Regularly expressing our thanks to the Father is one of our best weapons against all of life’s battles.
The bible instructs us in Psalm 107:1 to “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” –There truly are so many reasons to be thankful.

Christine Mudenha

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