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For November, our encouragement focus is on gratitude. These Gratitude Notes are meant to encourage you to dwell in a continual state of gratitude. May your gratitude shine forth in any and all circumstances. Blessings, Terri
Have you ever met a person with such a warm, deep appreciation for the kindnesses they have received that it streams through their speech and attitude? I have. And it amazes me. At first, you sort of wonder if it’s real until you meet them time and again and the message is consistent. They live from a foundation of gratitude. What's their secret? They live present-focused.
Gratitude is a way of being, a way of thinking. You express it through non-verbal pathways—your eyes, your expression, and your posture. Gratitude directs your thoughts and your speech. It starts by planting a seed of gratitude in your heart. Next, you nurture that seed with intentional thoughts of appreciation and recognition of the Lord’s presence in your life. The result is gratitude rooting deeply, blossoming in your heart.
Gratitude is a choice. When you utter words of thankfulness, praise, and acknowledgement of God’s faithfulness and love, particularly in a difficult situation, you are sharing a powerful message of hope, of trust and gratitude. Gratitude feels illogical and irrational until you experience the strengthening peace enabling you stand and take that next step. There are many ways to respond in times of discouragement and despair. Gratitude statements help bring your focus back to what God has done, is doing, and will do.
Gratitude is an act. Your offering of gratitude to the Lord is of such great worth that nothing in this world compares to it. Nothing! The reason is because it’s from your heart which is so highly treasured by your Heavenly Father.
There are many inspiring Bible verses and quotes about gratitude and thanksgiving. I have provided a few quotes and verses as a jump-start for you to create personal Gratitude Prompts. I encourage you to take this list for a test run. Test these on a day that’s not discouraging or eventful. Read these aloud mindfully, being very present focused. As you read, or after you’ve finished, assess the effect of these words on your heart or thoughts. If you feel renewed gratitude in your heart, then take the next step. Create personal, meaningful gratitude statements to use on those difficult, discouraging days! I hope you'll discover anew what the Lord has done, is doing, and will do because of your trust and hope in Him.
Lord, I will cultivate thankfulness in my heart. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. I will give it plenty of room in my life.... I will sing, sing my heart out to God! Let every detail in my life—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. –Colossians 3:15-17 The Message [with my paraphrase]
Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it. – A. W. Tozer
Thank you, Lord, that you hear your people when they call to you for help. You rescue them from all their troubles. You are close to the brokenhearted; You rescue those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. --Psalm 34:17-19 NIV [my paraphrase]
Gratitude is the memory of the heart. –Massieu
What a relief to know I can place in your hands my heart-felt cares and worries! 1 Peter 5:6-7
God, the knowledge of your unfathomable love and forgiveness fortifies my hope and encourages me. Romans 4:7-8
Thank you for promising to never withhold your love from me. I live assured of Your love for me. Psalm 66:16-20
When my heart seeks you, I find a rest for my soul that is like no other. Psalm 62:1-2
Thank you for your presence in my life – my hope and trust are renewed when I call to you. Jeremiah 6:16
I’m so grateful for your graciousness toward me. Lord, you know the details of my life and You are with me with every step I take. Psalm 37:23-24
When I am in distress You alone can bring healing consolation and support. Isaiah 33:2, Psalm 94:18-19
God, you are my hiding place. You protect me from trouble. You surround me with your unfailing love. Psalm 32
How blessed I am that you’ve given me the Holy Spirit to counsel me, lead me. Romans 12:2
I call to You, Lord and I know You hear me. Thank you for taking great care with my soul, holding it in Your hands, restoring what feels broken. Psalm 34:17-18
Lord, your faithfulness is a secure promise and my life proves it to be truth. I’m so thankful I am never lost from your sight. Hebrews 4:13, Psalm 145
Thank you, Lord, for what is good in my life: __[fill in the blank]__
I will fulfill my vows to you, O God, and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help. For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feel from slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light. --Psalm 56:12-13
An easy thing, O Power Divine,
To thank thee for these gifts of Thine,
For summer’s sunshine, winter’s snow,
For hearts that kindle, thoughts that glow;
But when shall I attain to this—
To thank Thee for the things I miss?
–Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I always welcome your comments and suggestions! God's Word asks us to encourage one another and I thank those who are sharing these with their friends and family. Blessings, Terri