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I was rehearsing some music our choir is presenting this holiday season.  Our director has been encouraging us to prepare our hearts as well as our voices as we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I’m here to confess, I have not been following instruction and my attitude proves it.  Well, that changed last week.

I have so very much to be grateful for … each day/hour/minute that goes by is a gift, which I’ve been reminded of recently after losing far too many friends and family members this year.

I am grateful for a husband who goes out of his way to care for me.  I am grateful for a family that loves me when I don’t love me at all.  I am grateful for friends who track me down to make sure I’m okay.  I am grateful for my small community that pass on their infectious smiles when they greet me.  I could go on, but you get the picture.

Max Lucado says, “Gratitude gets us through the hard stuff. To reflect on your blessings is to rehearse God’s accomplishments. To rehearse God’s accomplishments is to discover his heart. To discover his heart is to discover not just good gifts but the Good Giver. Gratitude always leaves us looking at God and away from dread. It does to anxiety what the morning sun does to valley mist. It burns it up.”

If you do anything consistently for at least three weeks, it becomes a habit.  That can happen with practicing gratitude.  As I start week two, I’m seeing some positive effects that my new “gratitude attitude” is having on me.  And I’ve been singing that song a lot more …

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

Why don’t you try it?

 

1 Thessalonians 5:18       “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

 

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