Devotional 4/25

Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 106:1

Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank You expresses extreme gratitude, humility and understanding.

Alice Walker

Gratitude is more than a feeling, it is a virtue. It is like patience: nobody feels patient! Gratitude is a virtue that leads to action, and it can easily be replaced by default as well. I firmly believe that God does not mention anything in the bible to fill in the gaps, or to catch up to some word count. The word of God tells us repeatedly, to be grateful!

Stress is a silent killer, and it is very common and almost normal in daily life. It causes muscle tension, fatigue, sleep deprivation, hormonal imbalance, and has been linked to cancer and heart disease. When we experience long periods of stress or sadness, our bodies release a destructive hormone called cortisol (research for yourself). And the antidote to cortisol is gratitude, because it reduces stress, and increases dopamine production.

Gratitude is all through out the bible, it is one of God’s favorite reminders. Being thankful positively influences relationships and our personal emotional state. I found some articles stating that being grateful, expressing gratitude, or adopting an attitude of gratitude have some amazing results in our lives. Time magazine reported that gratitude reduces anger, builds a stronger immune system and reduces stress. An article in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research reported that feeling grateful soothes the body, and helps us sleep better. And a 2012 study from Personality and Individual Differences, reports that it increases positive emotions and subconsciously encourages people to be generous and compassionate.

We don’t have to become victims of bitterness, envy, anxiety, indifference, sickness, broken families, criminal activity or any other thing. We have to be diligent in making gratitude priority and habitual in our daily lives.

Daily Tasks:

  • take a few moments to focus on all that you have
  • keep a gratitude journal
  • spend time with family or loved ones to share things you’re thankful for
  • count your blessings (literally)
  • get creative with it: make a chart with sections of what your are grateful for
  • Savor your present blessings

Let’s pray:

Lord God, you deserve the praise, the honor and glory. I pray you help us be constant in prayer, and walk in a renewed mindset of gratitude. Help us be people of constancy in attitude and countenance regardless of what is going on in us or around us. Please forgive us for losing grips of gratitude. Forgive us if we do not thank you enough for giving us more than we deserve. Forgive us for allowing our vision to be blurred by feelings, circumstances or the challenges we face on a day to day basis. Forgive us also for becoming impatient with you, or even desiring other things or people, other than you. And finally I also pray you forgive us from going back to our default settings, and not pressing into our renewed minds. In Jesus name, Amen.

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