Fresh Hope – 25th September 2019

I decided to keep a ‘thankful journal’ for one whole year. For an entire year, every night, I wrote down everything I was thankful for from that day. After a few months, something remarkable started happening. I started approaching my days, intentionally looking for things to be thankful for in order to write it in my journal at night. My brain actually switched to focus on what I had, rather than what I lacked.

It is easy to focus on the few things that are missing in your life, rather than fully appreciating all the things you DO have in your life.

God is attracted to a grateful heart. He seeks to bless a grateful heart.

Research on the effects of gratitude on our biology shows how being thankful increases our longevity, our ability to use our imagination, and our ability to problem-solve. It also improves our overall health.

You may work with quite negative people, people who are always ‘hard done by’, victims, whiny, easily envious. Not only are these attitudes draining on the relationships around them, they are damaging on the brain and the life of the person who is carrying them!

Psalm 107 says, ‘Give thanks to the Lord for He is GOOD’. Again, 1 Chronicles 16 says, ‘Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!’

Notice that seeing the goodness of God, goes hand-in-hand with gratitude. God is good. That alone is enough to be very thankful! That is why when circumstances aren’t good, we STILL have reason to be thankful, ‘give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

I encourage you to write a list of everything that you are thankful for, and then another list of everything you are praying for. You will probably find that the things that are consuming most of your mind (the prayer list), is in fact far shorter than the list of things you have to be grateful for!

Emma Burchell

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