Give Thanks…Ways to Express Gratitude

 

Give Thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

November is a season of gratitude and giving thanks. It is a month where Facebook fills up with thirty days of gratitude posts. People who usually complain about whether their dinner is bad or their cell phone bill is too high stop and give thanks for the little things of life. However thanksgiving needs to be a daily attitude and mindset, not just a November fad.

It is a fact when you live your life with an attitude of gratitude you are a much happier person. When you give thanks it changes your mindset. Instead of seeing all the bad things happening around you, even though they are still there you appreciate what you have. Gratitude changes your attitude and transforms your life. Click To Tweet

Gratitude changes Your attitude.

How can you be more grateful even when you are facing impossible circumstances?

  1. Start a Gratitude Journal. Years ago, I started a gratitude journal. In this journal, I would write down a few things that I was thankful for every day. It was simple things like my family, friends, a cup of warm coffee, Jesus. But it was a reminder that even though I didn’t have everything I wanted, I had everything that I needed.
  2.  Keep a blessings jar. Have you had something wonderful happen to you today? Maybe someone bought your morning coffee or maybe you got an answer to prayer. Take some time and write it down on a slip of paper. Then drop that slip of paper into a jar. I used a spaghetti sauce jar. At the end of the year you will have 365 blessings to read over and remind you of times when you saw the faithfulness of the Lord.
  3. Perform a random act of kindness for a stranger.  On morning, when we lived in Phoenix I was having a rough day. The kids were late to school, our caregiver was late to work, and I was just exhausted. So I went to Starbucks. I didn’t expect it but the person ahead of me paid for my coffee. This random act of kindness made my bad day better. You never know what someone is facing. When you go out of your way to help someone else you not only make a difference in their life but a difference in your own as well.

Above all else, remember to give thanks. You are blessed, you are chosen, you are created for a purpose and for a reason. Hold to those truths and remember them when you are struggling. Don’t make November just a season of thanksgiving but carry that gratitude into your life year round.

What is a way you can express gratitude to those around you today?
How can you teach your children to give thanks?

 

Choose to be grateful!!

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About Shawnee

Shawnee is a writer, wife, mom, and technical guru. Most importantly Shawnee loves Jesus with all her heart. It is her desire to empower women to find their worth in Jesus. She is the owner of the Sunshiny Thoughts podcast which is designed to encourage, uplift, and inspire moms in their walk with the Lord. Shawnee knows that motherhood is a tough job but with Jesus you can do all things. No matter what God is faithful.

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