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A Gratitude Habit

I’ve been doing some thinking about gratitude as we approach Thanksgiving this week. I thought it would be really hard to have gratitude this week with all that has been happening with my son, but it hasn’t. I think it’s because I’ve learned that gratitude is the fastest way to connection with God. And I desperately need connection with Him right now. I need to feel His nearness, and I need to know He is with me always, and that He is with my son always.

God is so wise when He commands us to be thankful. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” All means all, not just some. When we choose to praise God and thank Him for all things, He blesses our obedience and honors our sacrifice (and at times it is a sacrifice) of thanksgiving, especially in times of suffering.

I think having gratitude is a habit. Whatever we repeat over and over tends to become a habit over time (whether good or bad). And it becomes easier to do over time. When it comes to gratitude, even if it’s hard (like when we are suffering), if we’ve been practicing gratitude all along, we will continue to do it anyway. And I think there is huge blessing in that.

So go ahead, make the list of things you are thankful for. Write it all down. But don’t stop there…. ask God what His response to your gratitude is. Have you ever done that? I think sometimes we are missing the biggest part of the blessing when we don’t pause to see what God would have to say about your gift of gratitude.

If you haven’t, start making gratitude a habit this Thanksgiving week. Speaking from experience, joy and peace will follow.

Because whenever gratitude to God is present….you can bet that God is going to show up there. And that is what we desperately want, right? We want Immanuel…God with us.

Lord, we give you praise and thanks for who you are. We praise you for showing up when our hearts are focused on all the reasons we have for gratitude to you. You have given all for us. Help us to obey and be thankful in all circumstances, even when we don’t understand and cannot see. Give us courage and help us form a habit of gratitude, even when it’s really hard. Amen.

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!!

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If you are an imperfect wife, mom, daughter, or friend, struggling to stay focused on God in the craziness and find joy in the heartache, then we have something in common. I am a recovering perfectionist and daughter of the King, slowly learning to fully trust the One who sees me just as I am, and is already pleased. I’m so glad you are here.

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