So Thankful!

What things do you remember that make you happy? Thankful? We are thankful for our marriage, our family and so many other blessings. You have probably heard of how powerful a thankful heart can be. Here are just a few ways that the habit of thankfulness has been a blessing:

Being thankful make you a better spouse.

Maurice and I have definitely avoided some arguments because we chose to see what we could be grateful for instead of emphasizing what was negative. No one wants to argue. It is time-consuming and counter-productive really. We both feel better and are able to resolve our differences without hating each other. When the spouse is happy so am I.

Being thankful decreases depression.

That makes sense. It is merely a change of perspective that tells your brain to concentrate on one thing versus another. We can choose our attitudes and our responses. The brain is powerful enough to convince itself to be happy or sad. Did you know that the bible tells us what to think about (Philipppians 4:8)? If we are told what to think, than there must be a measure of control. We relinquish that control when we give up deciding to think for ourselves. The enemy loves that.

Being thankful make you more productive. 

How about going into work knowing that you are making a difference, that you are appreciated and will see amazing results. You count. Your work counts. You just have to decide to believe it. When you enjoy what you do, you produce substantially. Even the smallest task is important and contributes to the final result. That is something to be thankful for. You can work. You have work and you are good at it.

Being thankful encourages those around you.

No one wants to be around the miserable person, the downer, the pessimist. Even if you are one! It  pulls on you doesn't it? Instead of motivating you to be your best you, it gives you reasons to reconsider being thankful. However, being a person who is grateful is encouraging. Encouraging others is powerful because you actually give them a reason to be thankful as well.

Prayer: Father, we give our thanks to you. Thanks for giving us so much to be thankful for!

Action: Tell someone how thankful you are and ask them to share a few things as well.

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  1. I just noticed yesterday I have 3 signs in our home that says THANKFUL. Clearly, I believe that giving thanks and being thankful is so very important.

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    1. What awesome reminders to have in your home. Love it!!

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  2. This is such a great reminder! Thank you for this!

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  3. You are very welcome! Thanks for reading :)

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