By Reminding Us to Be Grateful

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” (Philippians 4:8-9) 

Children are such a blessing. They have teach so many lessons and provided so many reminders as to how we are to live each moment of everyday, (especially during the age range of 3 – 5). I am still going through it with my youngest child who is now five years old.

When my husband and I would give or do anything for our youngest, he would say “That’s my favorite thing!” He would say it with enthusiasm and passion. His eyes would become wide; face would light up like a Christmas tree overflowing with presents. He would then come and give us the biggest, tightest hug we could ever imagine. And he would say “Thank you for my favorite thing.”

Well, I realized this scenario was attached to everything. If you give him dinner, attention, wipe his tears, played with him…you name it and he responded the same.

I began to sit back and think about this, and I realized my responses to God, USED to be like that. What happened? 

God had not changed, He was STILL showering me with His precious gifts, but I had changed. My thought life had changed. When I was a new believer, I had such zeal and passion and I thought on the good things. I did not dwell on negative things. In doing so I became more aware of the simple things and just began to praise God.

I would think of how I received a close parking spot and begin to say “Oh God, thank you for looking out for me”. I would be presented the opportunity to share the Word of God with someone and I would be so thankful. I would become so overjoyed over everything that many times I would cry because of how thankful I was. You could see it in my smile, in my walk, & in my face before I even opened my mouth.

I was intentional about being thankful because I was habitually renewing my mind everyday with the word of God. This caused such a transformation that it showed from the inside out.

What are you dwelling on? Are you praising God for anything? Are you CULTIVATING gratitude in your life?

Sometimes, in order to see all that God does in our lives, we must keep a type of Gratitude Journal. This is where we sit down every day and write down the things for which we are grateful. It can be comprised of things like: a better night’s sleep, happier children, having dinner cooked for you, the sun, the snow, etc.  It will cause you to meditate on the goodness of God. Then, begin to praise Him for things you have written down and you will witness the change that will take place in your life. As you become more aware of His presence in your life, you will begin to draw closer to Him.

The closer you draw to Him, the more you are able to see those things He makes beautiful. You also become more beautiful on the inside which WILL manifest on the outside. A grateful person has a beautiful heart. Now that is beauty money cannot buy.

…sitting at His feet,