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The Importance of Being Grateful to God Every Day

There are some days where life may genuinely seem to suck – from start to finish – literally. 

In fact, sometimes we even go through seasons of hard times, during which being grateful is the absolute last thing on our minds.  In fact, we may even ask ourselves questions like:

  • How can I be grateful at a time like this?
  • Why is being grateful important?
  • What are the benefits of being grateful?

God has recently been teaching me to be grateful simply for His presence in my life.  Grateful because I know that due to the relationship I have with Him, that I can go through some serious crap, but still be more than okay.

Having an “attitude of gratitude” is very important.  However, it is a mindset; one that like everything else, has to be developed over time.   Let’s dive in to see why it’s important to be grateful, and how we can more grateful to God every day.

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What Does it Mean to Be Grateful?

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Being thankful and being grateful tend to go hand-in-hand.

The Webster’s dictionary defines them as follows:

  • thankful  – being conscious of a benefit received; well pleased; glad
  • grateful  – being appreciative of benefits received; expressing gratitude for pleasure or contentment

Our society today is so fast paced that people barely pause to utter a simple ‘thank you’ when you hold a door open, or stop to let someone pass by, or even hand them something they accidentally dropped on the floor!  Even as Christians, we too, get lazy when it comes to expressing gratitude.  

It’s sad, because showing gratitude is actually good for our health.

According to Psychology Today , studies have linked gratitude with increased satisfaction, higher levels of motivation and energy, better sleep and health, and reduced stress and sadness.  Grateful people are supposedly much more engaged with their environment, leading to greater personal growth and self-acceptance, and stronger feelings of purpose.

So, what exactly does the bible say about being grateful, and how do we develop the mindset of gratefulness that God calls us to have?

What Does the Bible Say About Gratitude?

Developing a mindset that reflects an attitude of gratitude starts with a shift in our focus.

There are so many things that compete for our attention, and distract us by directing our focus to the negative things of life, rather than the good.  And, our natural tendency is to complain – about any, and everything.  And complaining is the complete opposite of gratitude.

In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing.   Philippians 2:14 TLB

We can all find something to complain about if we look for it.  However, when we shift our focus, and begin to look at the positive things in life, and give thanks to God regardless of what is going on around us, do you know how much our lives will begin to change for the better?

In light of who God is to us – our Lord, Savior, Creator, Redeemer, Protector, Provider, Healer, Shepherd, Heavenly Father – being grateful to Him should go without saying.

The problem I often see is that we allow our situations and circumstances to dictate if we are grateful, or the level of our gratefulness.  But, the Word of God teaches us that we should do otherwise:

  • Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.   (Psalm 118:29 NIV)
  • I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High. (Psalm 7:17 NIV)
  • Now, our God, we give you  thanks, and praise your glorious name. (1 Chronicles 29:13 NIV)

We should be grateful to God because He is God, and He is good.  Period!  We should never confuse or downplay the goodness of God based on our circumstances or how we’re feeling. 

Apart from being grateful to God for who He is, we should be thankful to God for his blessings that He bestows upon us every day.

We must train our minds to remember that every day God gives us is a gift.  And, at the very least we should always be grateful for that.

For in him we live and move, and have our being.  As some of your own poets have said, ‘we are his offspring.’ Acts 17:28 NIV

If nothing else is evident, the love of God alone should always be a point of focus and something we appreciate.

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15 NIV
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.   Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV

In love, God chose me before I was even born , and destined me for a purpose.  I’m grateful for His presence, and the fact that His Word says He will never leave me.  I’m grateful that He watches over me, protects me, comforts, and guides me.  I’m grateful that He actually listens when I talk to Him, and that He cares about me so much!

We also must be grateful to God for his everyday blessings of provision in our lives – shelter, food, clothing, running water, electricity, transportation, finances, etc.

One thing I like to remind myself of, is the fact that God will always provide, even if it’s in a different way than what I had in mind.

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:8-9 NIV

Ultimately, we must be grateful to God for EVERYTHING!

Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20 NIV

That includes the things that bring us joy and make us happy, and the things that tend to get overlooked. 

If I had to make a quick list, mine would include:  my salvation, my health, coffee, music, my favorite TV shows, hot showers, massages, red wine, sunrises, books, challenges that make me stronger, Netflix, and hoodies LOL.

The list is endless when it comes to things to be grateful for and reasons to be thankful to God.  God’s love, provision, and blessings are evident all day, every day, in everything, all around us.  We never have to look far to see the goodness of God in our lives.  Again, it’s all about a shift in our focus.

God places so many people in our lives as resources of encouragement, humor, love, motivation, knowledge, patience, service, support, fun, and entertainment.  We have to remember to express gratitude for them as well.

The Apostle Paul was a great example of expressing gratitude to the saints in the various churches he wrote to that supported and advanced the ministry of Christ.  Let’s look at a few of those bible verses about gratitude for others:

  • We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. (2 Thessalonians 1:3 NIV)
  • They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them. (Romans 16:4 NIV)
  • I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people. (1 Timothy 2:1 NIV)
  • I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. (Ephesians 1:16 NIV)

If you were to stop for a moment and just go through the contact list in your phone and think about who makes you laugh the most, who is always there in cases of emergency, who always knows the right advice to give you, or who provides you an on-going service, I’m sure you would come up with a ton of people that you are grateful for.

Anyone from your spouse, kids, siblings, parents, neighbors, best friends, and co-workers, to your pastor, hair dresser, mail man, baseball coach, mechanic, and accountant can be recipients of your expressions of gratitude.

How to Express Gratitude to God and Others

Having the attitude or mindset of gratitude is one thing, but expressing that gratefulness is quite another.  Let’s look specifically at how to be grateful.

One way to express gratitude to God is through prayer.  In fact, whenever we pray, we should approach God with thanksgiving.  He wants us to show our gratitude.  In fact, He welcomes it.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 NIV

When was the last time you spent some time just thanking God without making any requests?  I challenge you to try it.  And if you have, do it more often!

Even when Daniel was facing being thrown into the lion’s den, he didn’t go into panic mode, or start looking for his own solution.  He prayed and gave thanks to God per his usual custom:

Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Daniel 6:10 NIV

You see, for Daniel, an attitude of gratitude was a normal routine for him.  If we start to shift our focus in the midst of life’s toughest circumstances, our attitude can begin to change as well.   Gratitude can become our knee-jerk reaction, even in the midst of trials.

I had a literal $1,000 situation once where I had to make a mindset choice.  I could either complain and be frustrated all day about the fact that I had to deplete my savings for unexpected car repairs.  Or, I could be grateful to God that I had the $1,000 in my savings to take care of the emergency in the first place.  It’s all about perspective.

Another way to express gratitude through prayer is by praying for the people in your life that you appreciate. Sometimes, the best thing you can do for people is to spend some time earnestly praying for them.

We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 1 Thessalonians 1:2 NIV

So often when people share their issues or problems with us, we simply tell them ‘I’ll pray for you’.  Sometimes we do remember to pray for them, but sometimes we also forget.  One of the things I’ve been challenging myself with lately, is taking a few minutes to stop right there in the moment and pray with the person.  Gestures like that are surprising and they go a long way with people, because they know you genuinely care.

When we take time to regularly give thanks to God in prayer, and pray for others, it humbles us, and it reflects a heart of gratitude.

Praise is one of the most prevalent expressions of gratitude mentioned in the bible.  Depending on what version of the bible you’re reading, the word “praise” is used more than 300 times!

Praise is the warm expression of approval or admiration for someone or something.

So how exactly do we praise God?  Well, the good news is, that praise doesn’t have to look a certain way, and you don’t have to be in church or a religious setting to express it:

  • In the fourth year the entire crop must be consecrated to the Lord as a celebration of praise.  (Leviticus 19:24 NLT)
  • Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. (Nehemiah 8:6 NIV)
  • Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. (Psalm 95:1-2 NIV)
  • Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. (Psalm 100:4 NIV)
  • Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. (Psalm 105:1-3 NIV)
  • Sing to the Lord! Give praise to the Lord! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked. (Jeremiah 20:13 NIV)
  • And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment.  So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns. (2 Samuel 6:14-15 NLT)
  • When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen. (Luke 19:37 NIV)
  • Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3 NIV)
  • Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. (Hebrews 13:15 NIV)

As you can see, we can praise God through words, singing, music, shouts of joy, declarations of His goodness, lifting up our hands in reverence, bowing down in worship, dancing, and full blown celebrations!

You can praise when you’re alone or with others.  You can praise Him while driving in your car, while out for a walk, while doing chores, while exercising, or while taking a shower.    You can praise God anytime and anywhere!  Regardless of when or how you do it, as Christians, we are all called to praise God!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6 NIV

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And because God has called us to be grateful to Him for others, we are to praise them accordingly as well:

  • Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.   (Proverbs 31:28 NIV) 
  • I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you. (1 Corinthians 11:2 NIV)
  • For Titus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative. And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel. (2 Corinthians 8:17-19 NIV)
  • Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV)

Whether it’s telling your spouse, or a parent how much you love and appreciate them, or thanking a co-worker for their assistance on a project, or encouraging a friend who is going through a tough time the same way they encouraged you, or congratulating and praising a child for chores well done, our warm expressions of praise towards them can make all the difference in the world.

Another way to express gratitude to God is through acts of service.

We serve God by being obedient to what He has called us to do in His Word.  And in His Word, He has called us to use our gifts to serve others, be generous, help those in need, and work at everything as if working for Him directly.  Doing this reflects a heart of gratitude.

  • Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. (Psalm 82:3 NIV)
  • The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul. (Acts 11:29-30 NIV)
  • Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:1-5 NIV)
  • You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. (2 Corinthians 9:11-12 NIV)
  • Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:10-11 NIV)
  • This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.   (1 John 3:16-18 NIV)

Just like with praise, acts of service can be done anywhere and in a variety of ways!

They can come in the form of sending an encouraging phone call to a relative you don’t see often, complimenting a waitress at a restaurant and leaving them a huge tip, getting a thank you card for a mentor, posting something positive about a friend on social media, volunteering at a shelter, doing chores or laundry for someone who recently had surgery, offering to watch your neighbor’s dog while they are away on vacation, or taking an exhausted new mom out for lunch.  The list is endless!

The main thing is to do it willingly, with a heart of gratitude towards God or the person.

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23 NLT
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV

Being grateful often makes us willing to sacrifice time or money and go the extra mile, even when no one is requiring it of us.

Now that we have a better understanding of what being grateful means, what the bible says about it, and how to be grateful to God and others, it’s time to put it all into practice.

As we have seen in Scripture, it is evident, that being grateful and giving thanks is not just a seasonal thing to do on Thanksgiving Day.  It is something we should be doing every day, through all seasons of life. 

Did you know that giving thanks in all circumstances is actually God’s will for us?

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7 NIV

Striving to make gratitude a discipline, something that we focus on and practice in a deliberate way, can change us and our relationships significantly!

So here are my top three strategies for enhancing gratitude daily that I dare you to try.

1.   Pray for a Shift in Your Mindset  – People often say ‘things can’t get any worse’.  Well, I beg to differ, because things could absolutely be worse than they are.  I guarantee you, at any given moment, someone, somewhere, is suffering or going through something far beyond what you are experiencing.  That’s not to downplay your pain, situation, or circumstances.  However, we have to stop allowing the not so good things going on in our lives to overshadow the goodness of God in our lives.

Spend some time earnestly asking God to help shift your focus towards having an attitude of gratitude.  And by the way, the absolute BEST way to help shift your focus is to spend more time meditating on God’s Word.

2.   Count Your Blessings – one of my favorite hymn songs is called Count Your Blessings .  Part of the chorus says: “count your blessings, name them one by one, count your blessings see what God has done!”  I promise you, when you start to actually count your blessings you will have very little time to complain and be stressed about all the crap going on in your life!

I just had one of the most emotionally challenging weeks that I’ve had in a long time, where I literally cried or had some sort of ‘meltdown moment’ every single day.  At surface level most would count this as a bad week, but when I looked back and reflected, I realized how many amazing things actually happened to me this week – including a major answer to prayer that I almost completely overlooked because I was so focused on the one bad situation that had effected me emotionally.

Every day, even if it’s only for a few minutes, take some time to just give God praise by literally naming out loud all the things you are grateful for.  You can even start a gratitude journal!

3.   Look for Ways to Actively Practice Gratitude – Although this will look different for everyone, we must find ways to build a regular gratitude routine (daily, weekly, or monthly).  It can include things like:  visiting your parents more often, calling your pastors/ministers to tell them how much you appreciate their teaching, texting a friend to see if they need help with anything, or spending an uninterrupted day with your kids.

In order to cultivate a heart of gratitude we must be intentional every day about focusing on all the amazing things God is doing in our lives. 

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Remember gratitude is not only something God says we should have towards him and others, but it is also good for us.  Don’t forget the physical benefits (better mood, focus, sleep, etc.) that we can reap when we pursue an attitude of gratitude consistently.

So lets do ourselves a favor by walking in obedience to God’s Word and making it a priority each and every day to be more grateful – to God and to others.

Additional Resource:   Gratitude Coloring Book

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Understanding gratitude.

Being thankful to God means showing gratitude. It’s about expressing thanks for all the blessings we have. God gives us life, family, friends, and many other things. We should always say “thank you” to God for these gifts.

Showing Thankfulness

Showing thankfulness to God isn’t hard. We can do it in many ways. We can pray and thank God for our blessings. We can also be kind to others, as this is a way of thanking God.

The Benefits of Being Thankful

Being thankful to God has many benefits. It makes us feel happy and content. It also makes us more positive. When we’re thankful, we focus on the good things in life.

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Even in tough times, we should be thankful to God. Hard times teach us important lessons. They make us stronger. So, we should thank God for these lessons too.

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We should teach kids to be thankful to God. They can learn this by saying prayers of thanks or by being kind to others. This will help them grow into grateful adults.

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Introduction.

Being thankful to God is a way of showing our gratitude for all the blessings we have in life. It’s about recognizing the good in our lives and appreciating it. We should be thankful to God not only for the big things but also for the small things that bring joy to our lives.

The Importance of Being Thankful

Being thankful to God is very important. It helps us to focus on the positive things in our lives. When we are thankful, we feel happy and content. It makes us realize how blessed we are. It also helps us to stay positive, even when things get tough.

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There are many ways to show our thanks to God. We can pray and thank Him for all the good things in our lives. We can also show our gratitude by helping others. By being kind and helpful, we are showing our thankfulness to God.

Benefits of Being Thankful

Being thankful to God has many benefits. It helps us to feel more positive and happy. It also helps us to be more patient and understanding. When we are thankful, we are more likely to be kind and helpful to others.

In conclusion, being thankful to God is a very important part of our lives. It helps us to stay positive and happy. It also helps us to be kind and helpful to others. So, let’s always remember to be thankful to God for all the blessings in our lives.

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The Importance of Being Thankful to God

Why should we be thankful to God? The answer is simple. God is the source of everything we have, from the air we breathe to the food we eat. He gives us life, health, family, friends, and countless other blessings. By being thankful to God, we recognize His love and care for us. It’s a way of saying, “I see what You have done for me, and I appreciate it.”

The Benefits of Being Thankful to God

When we are thankful to God, we become happier and more content. Gratitude helps us focus on the positive aspects of our lives, instead of dwelling on the negative. It fills our hearts with joy and peace, making us feel more connected to God. It also brings us closer to other people, as we share our gratitude with them.

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In conclusion, being thankful to God is an important part of our lives. It helps us recognize God’s love, brings us joy and strength, and allows us to share our blessings with others. By expressing our gratitude through prayer, good deeds, and a good life, we can show our appreciation for all that God has given us. Let’s make it a habit to thank God every day for His endless love and blessings.

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Ephesians 5:20 says we should be, “…giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Is it possible to give thanks for all things?

To pretend that all things are good would mock God. Murder, cancer, and divorce are not good. So how can we thank God for these things? Because God is good. (See James 1:17; 2 Samuel 22:31.) It’s all right to ask questions, but always assume the goodness of God.

“We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). God is sovereign, and causes all things—bad or good—to work for good , for those who love Him.

Here are seven good things that trouble may bring for you. You can thank God for them:

“For whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives….No chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:6, 11).

God loves us enough to correct us. King David wrote, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word” (Psalm 119:67). If trouble brings correction, should you not thank God?

Dependence on God

The Apostle Paul was highly gifted with grace, as well as intellect and influence. Paul’s temptation was to depend on himself.

God blessed Paul with a vision. He was caught up into the third Heaven and saw things not lawful for a man to utter. But then, Paul said, “Lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me…I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).

Your greatest strength is God. But when we sail through life without difficulties, we tend not to depend upon Him. Blessings can become a curse unless God allows us to have trouble that brings us to Him. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). If your anguish causes you to depend upon God, can’t you thank Him for it?

It may be that deep sorrow gives you the greatest testimony.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

God is the source of comfort, God comforts us in all tribulation, and God allows us to comfort others with the same comfort we received from Him.

The Apostle Paul, sitting in a dank, miserable prison, waiting to be executed, said, “But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel” (Philippians 1:12).

Satan once said something like this to God, “The only reason Job serves you is because he has never had trouble.” (Read Job 1:9-11.)

God replied, in effect, “You don’t know my servant, Job. He loves me not because of what I’ve done for him, but because of who I am.” (Read Job 1:12-22.)

If trouble and pain cause you to have a stronger testimony, if trouble is a platform for God’s grace, can’t you thank Him?

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

“…His purpose.” What is God’s plan for you?

Health and wealth? Sorry—no.

Service and usefulness? Yes, God wants that, but that is not His highest plan for you.

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29a). God’s plan is to make His children like Christ Jesus. Christ-likeness is maturity.

In difficulty, we learn patience. You won’t be a mature child of God until you learn patience. (See James 1:4.) And the only way to learn patience, or endurance, is to have something to endure.

So if God is using trouble to make you more like Jesus, can’t you thank Him?

Most of us ask, Why me, Lord? The Apostle Peter said, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified (1 Peter 4:12-14).

Do you want the Spirit of glory and of God to rest on you? Do you want a fiery trial? Peter says it is the fiery trial that brings the Spirit of glory upon us. If your trouble and pain cause you to know this glory, then for God’s glory, can you not thank Him for it?

Maybe you are thinking, these reasons all sound good, but they don’t fit my case. Here is one that will: mystery . Some things, you will never know. Preachers may never be able to explain it to you. Why?

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29).

God lets you know enough to obey Him.

Job said, in effect, “God, I wish there were somebody to argue my case to you. I don’t understand!” (Read Job 23:3-5.) But Job still obeyed. Even when Job’s wife said, “Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9), Job said, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” (Job 10). Ultimately, Job concluded about God, “ Though He slay me , yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15).

We don’t have to understand all things in order to thank God. Not all things are good, but God is good.

Eternal Victory

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

Paul is saying in this passage that the glory offsets the suffering. He is not saying that the glory will be just as good as the suffering is bad. He says the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory.

If these seven things are true—and every one is—then can we not, in everything , give thanks?

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Five Reasons to Express Your Thankfulness to God

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

─ Psalm 107:1 ESV

How often do you come to God with a list of all the things you want Him to do for you or to help you with? He’s a loving Father, and He wants you to come to Him and ask Him for what you want or need. But He also enjoys when you express your gratefulness toward Him.

In Psalm 107:1, the verse for today, and in many other places throughout scripture, we are encouraged to give thanks to the Lord.

How often do you intentionally just step into His presence for the sole purpose of lavishing Him with thanksgiving and praise for who He is and who He created you to be. Our list of reasons to thank God are endless, but sometimes we have difficulty thinking of those reasons to thank Him because the challenges in life seem so big that we can’t see past them to the amazing things God has done for us.

No matter what you’re facing, you can express gratitude to God. Amid your praises and thanksgiving, His joy becomes contagious and He lifts you above your problems so that your focus is on Him.

Here are five reasons to be thankful to God.

  • God gave you His greatest gift, salvation through relationship with His son (John 3:16).
  • He answers your prayers (John 11:41).
  • He provides for your every need (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).
  • He showers you with blessings (Philippians 4:6).
  • He protects and keeps you (Psalm 91).

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Choose to spend this day expressing your thanks to God. Choose one of the five reasons to be thankful in the list above and focus on that throughout the day. Share your stories of gratefulness to God with others that come across your path today as well.

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Toward a Christian grammar of gratitude.

Grace Upon Grace - A Christian grammar of gratitude

Gratitude to God is at the heart of Christian faith and theology. One comes to see the specific character of Christian gratitude—or rather, of Christian talk about gratitude—through an examination of the role it plays within, and the shape it receives from, the doctrine of God. For the doctrine of God is not only of God but extends to all things in relation to God. What it means to speak of God truthfully thus bears directly on our understanding of creation, redemption, humanity, virtue, and the church. Gratitude becomes a sort of red thread common to these topics, descending from the heights into the nooks and crannies of our daily lives.

Tracing this thread, one sees the ways in which the fabric of Christian confession is interwoven with thanksgiving. But, to switch metaphors, the theological sequence unfolds less as a linear movement and more as a kind of nesting doll. Each in the series of topics—or perhaps concentric circles—highlights interrelated, ever-expanding insights that cumulatively amount to a Christian grammar of gratitude. Such a grammar is catholic, in the sense that its content is rooted in a tradition common to the one church stretching from the apostles to the present. To affirm this is not to deny that it is also contested, for the church’s history is rife with division and disputation over the meaning of grace, the question of merit, the significance of Eucharist. Family fights are rarely trivial, after all. We battle over what matters.

Gratitude matters. We see its heart in Christian teaching about the Triune God’s works of creation and redemption, culminating in the Lord’s incarnation, terminating in his death, and sustaining us in and through the sacraments of his life. Each of these works sheds light on what it means for Christians to speak of gratitude to God, and in turn opens out onto new angles from which to see the same reality afresh.

The doctrine of creation from nothing ( ex nihilo ) is, in the words of John Webster, “a cardinal doctrine.” It has long served as a point of unanimous agreement among Christian theologians of every stripe. Its meaning might therefore be assumed to be self-evident or common knowledge, at least for believers today. But the doctrine itself is often misunderstood, and has come under fire in the last century. What then specifically does it teach, and why is it so important?

In simple form, it teaches that God creates all that is—all there ever was or will be—from nothing. God does not, that is, create from anything at all. God and only God, in Ian McFarland’s formulation, is “the sole antecedent condition” of the existence of anything that is not God: angels, humans, bacteria, dark matter, other universes (if they exist), this universe in its totality. God is, in Aristotelian terms, the single efficient, exemplary, and final cause of creation. As St. Thomas Aquinas puts it, “To create can be the action of God alone.”

This means, first, that God did not fashion the world out of preexisting materials; second, that matter is not itself eternal or coeval with God; third, that no other agent or principle served alongside God in the creative act; fourth, that God alone is sovereign over the created order; and fifth, that God is that to which all created being is ordered. “For from him and through him and to him are all things” (Romans 11:36), including ourselves. We are from him and for him; he and he alone is our source and end.

Creation ex nihilo is not, however, a doctrine about origins. It is a doctrine about the nature of created existence as such. If, contrary to fact, God had willed to create a universe without temporal beginning or end, such a universe would in fact still be ex nihilo , for the entirety of its being would depend, in every way and at every step, on the will and power of God its Creator. The doctrine, in short, is about the fact that there is and remains anything at all in existence that is not God, and how that can be, and why it is so.

Existence, on this understanding, is a gift so gratuitous that it lacks comparison with any created gift: it is sui generis , because it is the gift of being instead of not being. To exist, accordingly, is to be created: to be a creature, however great or small, is to depend at every moment on God as the infinite and inexhaustible source of one’s being; and to depend on God in this way is a fact to which creatures’ lives may be more or less transparent. For rational creatures, that transparency is found above all in gratitude; whereas ingratitude constitutes or reflects an opacity to God as one’s Creator. To live against the grain of dependence on God is finally self-denying: it is to stop up one’s mouth and nose in a vain search for alternative sources of oxygen. Whereas to live in grateful acknowledgement of God’s generosity in creating and sustaining oneself is by definition to flourish as a creature made from nothing.

In view of God as Creator and ourselves as creatures, therefore, gratitude to God is a special virtue, as Aquinas recognized. It properly orients us to the source and goal of our lives and disposes us to receive with open hands and hearts the manifold gifts bestowed on us so liberally by God. Such a disposition is well captured by David Kelsey’s term “doxological gratitude,” which he uses to characterize the proper response on the part of human persons to being the sort of creatures we are in the sort of world we inhabit. It further suggests, on the one hand, that prayer—here understood as thanksgiving to God made articulate by individuals and communities—must be central to an account of human flourishing; and, on the other hand, that gratitude to creaturely gift-givers be subordinate to, and analogously modelled on, gratitude to God.

Our lives are gifts and are constituted by gifts. Our happiness lies in gratefulness.

God alone, as we have seen, creates from nothing. But God is not alone. He is the Holy Trinity, the eternal, irreducible, and unquenchable life of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The shape of creaturely gratitude to God follows not only from his action to create but also from his identity as Triune. Before saying how, let me begin with historic conciliar teaching regarding God’s Triune nature.

There is no God but the Trinity; the Trinity is the one true Lord of all. His life has no beginning or end, no source outside himself, no terminus other than his own replete beatitude. In the eternal generation of the Son from the Father and their unity in the Spirit who proceeds from the Father—the Spirit in turn uniting the Father and the Son in the love the Spirit is—the one Triune God exists from everlasting to everlasting in a glorious plenitude of joy and freedom at once perpetual in motion and unshakable in repose. He is, in a word, though in the highest and fullest sense of the word, happy.

The upshot for creatures is good but initially off-putting, at least for some: God does not need us. We do not, because we could not, add to his happiness. He is happiness itself. Just so, he is our happiness, for we do need him, and have no satisfaction apart from him. Hence the character of creaturely gratitude: “You have made us for yourself,” writes St. Augustine, “and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

That is the first reason why the unqualified happiness of Father and Son in the Spirit is good news. The second is the Trinity’s lack of codependence with us. We are not pawns in a game he is playing for sport. We are not props in a play put on for his arbitrary desire. We are not the stage or theatre of his own self-realization or divine becoming. (Creation is not theogony, a sort of origin story for deity; here, then, the doctrine of the Trinity meets and finds mutual support in the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo .) God is who he is, and he does not depend on us for his status, identity, power, or good pleasure. That means, in turn, that his sovereign will to be our God, to act for our good, to bless and to save—to reach out toward us in glorious self-donation—is absolutely unrestricted. For God to give of himself entails no loss on his part, and nothing but gain on ours. That is evident preeminently in our creation, and it is only confirmed in our salvation. Perfect in himself and hence perfectly happy, the Holy Trinity who creates from nothing is threatened by nothing, disbarred by nothing, to be for us and our well-being entirely, without restraint.

Consider the Lord’s epiphany to Moses, the paradigm of the divine self-disclosure as simultaneously God free from us and God for us. The condition of the Lord’s ability to deliver Israel from bondage to the gods of Egypt is precisely his antecedent identity as He Who Is—“I Am Who I Am” or “I Will Be Who I Will Be” in Exodus 3:1–22. Only the God invincibly secure in his being and power may sovereignly will to save those in need. This connection between God’s life in himself and our life in the world, moreover, raises a speculative question. Theologians use the term “exemplary cause” to name the fact that, at some level, everything in creation reflects or corresponds to its divine source. Does it follow that there is something like gratitude in the Holy Trinity?

Let us say that the Son just is gratitude hypostatized, which is to say, his identity as a distinct person is nothing but gratitude: all that he is, he receives from the Father; but what he is, he has in himself, for thus is the Father’s gift in begetting him (see John 5:26). For this reason the tradition has understood the Son as the archetype of creation, not because he is any less divine than the Father, but because his fromness serves as a pattern for bringing into being that which is not divine. Hence his second and third proper titles: He is the eternal Word of God (John 1:1–3), through whose being spoken forth in time the world is made (see Genesis 1:3); he is the Image of God (Colossians 1:15), and in imaging the Father exactly (Hebrews 1:3), he is God as the Father is God (see 1 Corinthians 8:6). Whereas creation generally, and human beings particularly, image the Image.

Thus while the “gratitude” of the Son to the Father simply names the shape of his hypostatic subsistence as Word and Image, our gratitude is modelled on his, albeit doubly so. God does not need our gratitude, but we rightly want our very being as creatures to be synonymous with gratitude to God; our fallenness, however, bespeaks a fracture between our desired and our actual modes of being—a fracture we can do nothing to repair ourselves. In this way our deepest flourishing depends on a living, embodied thanksgiving that amounts to an imitatio Dei , even as our sin turns us in on ourselves, congenitally ungrateful and unable, even where desirous of the virtues of religion and piety, properly to pay the debt we owe to the One who gives us life itself.

In the words of St. Paul in Romans 7:24, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”

The apostle gives the reply in the next verse: “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” For, as he says in 2 Corinthians 8:9, this is “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” Our creaturely gratitude, twisted and corrupted by sin, is now transformed and elevated by the wonders of forgiveness and deification. Expanding on this theme, St. Maximus the Confessor writes that “God took on himself [our nature] for our sake and thus renewed our nature, or better yet he created our nature anew, and returned it to its primordial dignity of incorruptibility through his holy flesh. . . . What is more,” he goes on, “he generously provided our nature with the gift of deification, which he could not possibly have failed to bestow since he was himself God incarnate, indwelling the flesh in the same manner that the soul indwells the body, that is, thoroughly interpenetrating it in a union without confusion.” Such seemingly spare metaphysical claims leave Maximus short of breath and grasping toward doxology: “And what could be more amazing than the fact that, being God by nature, and seeing fit to become man by nature, he did not defy the limits of either one of the natures in relation to the other, but instead remained wholly God while becoming wholly human?”

The incarnation is thus a mystery past recounting, a gift beyond measure. In it the uncreated Image of God becomes the creaturely image of God. “The Word became flesh and dwelled among us” (John 1:14). Or in the gloss of St. Athanasius, “He was humanized that we might be divinized,” an exchange Maximus calls “this blessed inversion.”

It follows that Jesus, as the incarnate Son, embodies gratitude to God in creaturely—wholly human—form. Indeed, because Jesus is very man and very God, the whole course of his life instantiates simultaneously the eternal intra-divine “gratitude” between Son and Father in the Spirit and the temporal gratitude proper to creatures in relation to the Creator. If, then, we want to know what gratitude looks like in a human life, we ought to look to Jesus, our exemplar and forerunner in this as in all the virtues.

But that is not the end of the story. Jesus is not merely Aristotle’s virtuous man or Paul’s second Adam. He not only lived a human life. He died a human death. And his death, the gospel proclaims, is saving: by his wounds we have been healed (1 Peter 2:24). To be—to learn to be—grateful to God entails, therefore, more than gratitude to God as the continuous gracious source of our very existence; it entails as well gratitude that God drew near and offered himself on the cross. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son . . .” (John 3:16 KJV).

In this way God’s love for us is inflected by his distinct modes of relation to us: creating us, reconciling us to himself, drawing us to eternal life with himself. The book of Psalms, wherein we hear the voice of Christ figuring his own passion and victory in advance, bears witness to this differentiated gratitude, full as it is of petition, complaint, lament, and thanksgiving. We are right to thank God for his gifts, in other words, but because his gifts are multiple and multifarious, we ought to thank him in different ways.

More broadly, we now see the wisdom of Karl Barth’s description of the relationship between grace and gratitude in the Christian life: “Grace and gratitude belong together like heaven and earth. Grace evokes gratitude like the voice an echo. Gratitude follows grace like thunder lightning.” Or, we might add, like a memory an event, or a meal a sacrifice.

The love of God, writes Paul, is shed abroad in our hearts through the gift of his Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). The Spirit’s works of love in the church we call sacraments. In the visible words of baptism and Eucharist, we at once see God’s love, receive his gifts of grace, and surrender ourselves in grateful submission to his will. No wonder the principal sacrament’s literal name is “ Thanksgiving .” These corporate practices efficaciously mold and shape the members of Christ’s body across the course of their lives precisely in the sort of gratitude exemplified by Christ, into whose death and resurrection we are immersed, by whose body and blood we are nourished. And we learn gratitude first of all as a community, as a people defined by prayer. After all, how do children and catechumens learn to begin their prayers? They listen to the gathered assembly at prayer. And what do they hear? “O God, we give you thanks . . .”

So the church, as the corporate body of Christ fed by his sacramental body and drawn forward in time by his Spirit to the public manifestation of his risen body, is a community created and defined by gratitude to God. Indeed, the inception of the church is itself the occasion of a gift, the great giving of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (see Acts 2). The Spirit who indwells the church and animates its life through word and sacrament bears the personal name of Gift, as Augustine recognized long ago. The singular Gift with which the Father presents the Son, thus eternally begetting him as the Son through the eternal breathing-forth of the Spirit on him, is one and the same as that which is poured out on the apostles during the great feast in Jerusalem, granting new life to the Son’s reconstituted body and holy Breath to the living temple of God—one not made with human hands (see 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 6:19–20; Acts 7:48).

The shape of this community’s life is eucharistic from start to finish. It breaks bread in grateful memory of the Author of life (see, e.g., Acts 2:37–47), who died and rose again to grant eternal life to all who call on his name (3:15; 4:12). It offers itself to God on behalf of the world, and to the world on behalf of God. The source and summit of its life is gratitude in all its forms: Christ the hypostatic gratitude of God; Christ gratitude incarnate; Christ the human exemplar of gratitude; Christ the debt of gratitude paid to God; Christ the bread of gratitude offered and eaten on the altar; Christ the Spirit of gratitude shed abroad in the hearts of the faithful.

It turns out that, in searching for a Christian grammar of gratitude, the name of Christ is convertible with all our terms. His incarnation is indeed, in the formulation of Maximus, that “mystery for which and through which all . . . other things took place.” To speak well of gratitude to God, we need only speak well of Christ. Looking to him, we see all things, for in him “are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3 RSV). Paul goes on: having “received Christ Jesus the Lord,” we therefore “live in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith” (vv. 6–7). The result: “overflowing with thankfulness” (v. 7 NIV).

To abide in Christ is to abide in gratitude. Receiving him, we receive everything (see 1 Corinthians 3:21–23); for what do we have that we did not receive (4:7)? It is all gift. And in the face of such a gift, our thanksgiving abounds all the more.

  • January 13, 2022

Brad East is assistant professor of theology at Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas.

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Five Ways We Show Thankfulness to God

Whatever you are thankful for in your life multiplies.

I remember one day I was very discouraged and realized that I was discouraged because I was focusing on negative things and wasn’t thankful. As soon as I began to thank God for the blessings in my life I immediately received strength.

The Bible teaches us to live with an attitude of thanksgiving to God (read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Deuteronomy 26:1-10 is a passage that combines five aspects connected to being thankful to God: our salvation and our purpose, our financial giving, the place where we connect, recounting God’s faithfulness by giving testimony, and continually living in a place of obedience to God so that we stay in His blessings.

1. The land of our inheritance

• The land symbolizes our salvation and certain places we come into regarding our purpose (Deuteronomy 26:1). We all go through different stages in our lives, starting with our salvation. Then, we move from one phase of His calling to the next that releases the glory of God (read John 8:31). • We need to stop and be thankful for the land of our salvation. More than anything else, this is the most important gift we have from Christ! (Read Luke 10:20.) • Serving people is one of the great ways we show our thankfulness to God (Matthew 22:37-40 — loving your neighbor is another way of loving God).

2. The giving of our tithe

• Another way we show our thanksgiving to God is through giving our tithes. The first thing we should do when arriving at a God-given place in our lives is to remember to give God our tithes (Deuteronomy 26:2). • The giving of finances to God is one of the most biblical ways we demonstrate our thanksgiving and gratitude to God (read Proverbs 3:8-10). • The Bible says when we worship the Lord we are not to appear before Him empty-handed (Deuteronomy 16:16-17). • Giving the tithe seals our new place in the land because it shows that we are investing in it. Those who don’t tithe are not invested enough in their purpose and not as stable as those who are tithers. For example, when you don’t pay for something you don’t treat it with as much care and respect.

3. The place where we connect in community (Deuteronomy 12:13-15)

• The person brought their tithe to the place that the Lord has chosen to dwell, to present it to the priest (Deuteronomy 26:2). • People would have to go on a long journey to arrive at the one central place the Lord instructed them to bring the tithe — whether it was Jerusalem, Shiloh, or at the gate of their city. Thus, involved in worshipping God was the investment of time to travel with their offering to the Lord. It wasn’t just throwing money in the basket; doing this often included a full day of travel for worship to be with their faith community. For us, this is the local church. • The tithe doesn’t go just anyplace. When we are thanking God we bring it to the place and the leader God is using to lead the community of faith as a witness to the city of what God is doing on the earth (Matthew 5:13-16). • The priest then puts the tithe before the altar of the Lord. Thus, we don’t tithe to a church but to the Lord (Deuteronomy 26:4)! • So even giving God thanks is not a private thing but a corporate thing each community of faith does together.

4. The testimony/recounting of God’s goodness

• The person worshipping and thanking God then made a confession of how God delivered them from the slavery of the world and brought them into the land of His inheritance (Deuteronomy 26:3-10). There is more power when we are thankful together as a body than if we are worshippers who are unchurched and alone. • We need to constantly rehearse God’s goodness and benefits towards us (read Psalm 103:2). • Thus, our offerings to God are connected to how much we value our salvation and our personal testimony of conversion.

5. The cycle and rhythm of blessing continues with thanksgiving

• The result is that God favors us and promotes us above all people by showering us with His blessings (Deuteronomy 26:8-9). • We must continually give our testimonies, not only of our salvation but of His daily blessings to us. Doing this overcomes negativity and satanic deception in our minds (read Revelation 12:11). • By this life of thankfulness we continue the cycle of receiving God’s blessings and favor.

In summary, let us live a life of thankfulness to God by:

• Coming to the land of our inheritance (our salvific purpose) • Practicing tithing as a lifestyle • Continually rehearsing our testimony and God’s goodness toward us • Using the favor and placement of God in our lives as a testament to others of God’s goodness and offer of salvation to the world

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Thankful: Conclusion

Thankful

Over the last few weeks, we have considered some reasons why we are to be thankful to God. We are to give thanks for His word because it shows us the way of salvation and what we should do to please Him. We are to show gratitude for the blessings that we receive in this life that have been provided to us by God. We must be thankful for God’s mercy which allows us the opportunity to be forgiven of our sins and have fellowship with Him. We also ought to always be grateful for the hope that we have through Christ that allows us to look forward to an eternal reward in heaven.

As we noticed at the beginning of this study, there are five things that are necessary for us to be thankful:

  • A giver – The giver of all good things is God (James 1:17).
  • A recipient – We have received the good things that God has provided.
  • A gift that is accepted – We must be willing to receive the gifts that God provides and not reject, neglect, or discard them.
  • An appreciation of the gift – This involves us recognizing what God provides us and appreciating the value of these blessings.
  • A demonstration of gratitude – Through our words and our actions, we are to offer our sincere thanks to God.

In this series, we have only scratched the surface of all the things for which we should be thankful. During the Thanksgiving season – and at all times throughout the year – let us reflect on all of the good things that we have and continually thank God for them.

There is always a temptation to focus on the negative things in this life – the challenges, hardships, and trials that we face – and forget to thank God for all of the good things He has provided us. Let us not make that mistake. God has abundantly blessed us far more than anything we deserve, especially as we look beyond this life. Let us regularly offer praise and thanks to Him!

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Dear God, Thank You For Everything

Dear God, Thank You For Everything

Rania Naim

Thank you for always guiding me in the right direction and for knowing what is best for me more than I do.

Thank you for the many times you have forgiven me whenever I deviated from your path.

Thank you for always reminding me that sometimes you are the only one I can trust, you are the only I can talk to and you are the only one who is truly listening.

Thank you for all these blessings that I take for granted on a daily basis.

Thank you for not hating me when I was ungrateful or rude or when my faith was shaken.

Thank you for the times you have inspired me to seek knowledge and know more about the world and about myself.

Thank you for giving me the spirituality I need to contemplate the wonders of the world and the wonders of your creation and the magic of your words and your daily miracles.

Thank you for the thousands of chances you have given me.

Thank you for all the lessons, especially the hard ones. 

Thank you for the love you have shown me through family and friends.

Thank you for the hardships — indeed, every hardship was followed by ease. 

Thank you for always being in my heart and embracing me in my lonely nights.

Thank you for sending me all these warning signs through your messengers who were disguised as people or books or just gut feelings.

Thank you for giving me the strength I needed to endure pain and be comfortable with my loneliness.

Thank you for giving me a reason to wake up every day.

Thank you for giving me people to look up to.

Thank you for sending me people to love.

Thank you for inspiring me to keep trying to be a better person.

Thank you for giving me that faith I need when there seems to be no hope.

Thank you for being patient with me when I can’t even be patient with myself.

Thank you for whispering into my soul when I almost felt dead inside. 

Thank you for showing me that this life is fleeting and unpredictable and that I shouldn’t take it for granted.

Thank you for showing me that you are the truth.

Thank you for health, for shelter, and for food.

Thank you for healing me when I was broken.

Thank you for being there when no one else was.

Thank you for everything.

Thank you for it all.

I wish I can carry out the message you have for me on this earth right –carry it with love and carry with peace.

I wish I can pass the message on and make a difference.

I am writing this for anyone who is feeling lost, desperate, sad, angry or heart broken. Someone who is going through a lot of hardships or feels betrayed by the world, I would like them to know that you are the answer and the only  guidance.

That they don’t have to look outside or find someone else to heal them, all they have to do is look up and talk to you or just look for you inside their hearts. This is the only way to deal with hardships and deal with life.

Writing makes me feel alive. Words heal me.

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The Power of gratitude: 12 benefits of giving God thanks

Most of us know thanksgiving is a good practice. But do we know just how good?  The Bible shows the great power of gratitude. 

While practicing daily thankfulness may seem like another chore, I hope to convince you the power of gratitude far outweighs the few minutes it takes to practice it . There are so many reasons to intentionally cultivate gratitude! 

Let’s unpack the power of gratitude with these 12 benefits of giving God thanks. ( And go even deeper with this free 30-day Gratitude Bible Reading Plan .)

12 Benefits of Giving Thanks

1.gratitude glorifies god..

This alone would be reason to give thanks to God. Our gratitude glorifies God as we exalt not the gifts, but the Giver. Gratitude helps us realize all we have comes not because of us, but from God.

And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory. 2 Corinthians 4:15

2. Gratitude helps us see God.

Gratitude opens our spiritual eyes. There’s a beautiful cycle in giving God thanks: the more we thank Him, the more we see Him working in us and around us. Gratitude helps us sense God’s presence, His personal care and His perfect timing.

Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights. James 1:16-17

3. Gratitude puts us squarely in God’s will.

We often make God’s will out to be some big, mystical plan when sometimes, it’s simply obedience. And part of His will for us is to be thankful, not just on the sunny days but on the hard ones as well.

…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

4. Gratitude brings peace.

Count your blessings, not sheep we’re told to get rid of the worry keeping us up at night. Gratitude helps us see that God’s hand is all over our circumstances. And God tells us when we give him our thanks, He gives us supernatural peace.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

5. Gratitude draws us to God.

Gratitude for the magnitude of God’s undeserved kindness draws us to Him. We see that when Jesus healed 10 lepers. As Jesus walked by, all 10 cried out for healing. “Go, show yourselves to the priests,” Jesus commanded and as they went, they were healed! Fingers were restored and ulcers disappeared as full sensation returned to their faces and limbs. Certainly they were all happy, but only one was thankful. Only one came back to Jesus, fell as his feet and thanked him.

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:17-19

6. Gratitude brings contentment.

It’s said that gratitude makes what we have enough. If we aren’t grateful for what God has given us, getting more won’t satisfy us either. Being thankful is the key to contentment.

. . . godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and neither can we carry anything out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. 1 Timothy 6:6-8

7. Gratitude deepens faith.

Keeping a record of God’s past faithfulness is a faith boost when we face new difficulty. My gratitude journals are testimonies that on my hardest days and in the worst circumstances, God’s record of faithfulness is 100%. That’s why God commanded Israel to remember His great deeds.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1

8. Gratitude leads to joy.

The overflow of gratitude is joy. Realizing God’s abundant goodness, even in the hard, is a gateway for joy. Psalms 126 shows this so clearly as the Hebrew exiles sang their thanks to God for bringing them back to Israel. It’s a psalm I prayed in advance for years.

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:1-3

9. Gratitude defies Satan’s lies.

Satan is so wily! He whispers that God isn’t good; that He’s withholding good from us. But his scheme’s as old as the garden of Eden, where he questioned Eve: “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” When Eve responded only the tree of good and evil was off-limits, Satan suggested God was keeping good from them. “You will not certainly die. . . For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

In a garden that was perfect, that produced abundantly without work or weeding, where every single plant but ONE had been given to Adam and Eve, Satan focused on the lack. True gratitude for God and the abundance He gives protects us from caving to the enemy’s lies.

No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11

10. Gratitude guards against envy.

Envy makes us want what someone else has. I mean, we deserve it! Gratitude makes us realize God has given us far more than we deserve. Because there’s enough for everyone, we can cheer rather than compare. A heart wholly grateful has no room left for envy.

I will give You thanks with all my heart; Psalm 138:1

11. Gratitude helps us live in the present.

“Wherever you are, be all there!” Jim Elliot famously said. But that’s difficult to do in the worry and rush of life. Gratitude helps. Gratitude opens our eyes to the simple beauty of ordinary days. It lets us see this day and this moment as gifts and to take in the abundance right now.

Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask this. Ecclesiastes 7:10

12. Gratitude is a testimony.

When we thank God openly and acknowledge what He’s done for us, we proclaim a personal, caring God to the world around us. We show that contentment and peace come not from what we have but Who we know.

Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Psalm 105:1

Developing a grateful heart brings incredible blessing. My only regret in keeping a daily gratitude list? Not starting it sooner.

Want to access the power of gratitude? Go deeper with this free 30-day Gratitude Bible Reading Plan.

The power of cultivating a thankful heart

WOW!!! Reading this tonight was wonderful but printing it out to reflect and meditate on each scripture (spending more personal time on each one) brings me much Confidence, Confirmation & Joy in Knowing God continues His work in me through the good times and what sometimes seems to be the impossible times. Ohh how much He loves us! An attitude of GRATITUDE is worthy of our prayers for one another. Oh what blessings it brings!!!

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So glad, Deborah! I loved studying it!

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This is what all human beings deserved to read through……

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I will praise Him ,give thanks to Him ,honor Him ..I know my God will never felt me so Help me God of Almighty 🙏

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I am to subscribe to your website, this study came at the right time for me, to tell you how much I love you this I am awake at about 12:05 I couldn’t sleep because of worries but reading this email has changed my mind . Thank you so much man.

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The gratitude list .help me remember all the good things have happen and be thankful to god and don’t think about the negativity of things

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May I subscribe to your website?

Yes, you can subscribe at this link. Email signup.

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I hope it’s ok to share this lesson in our jail ministry. I will definitely give credit and share your web site. Thank you for all you’ve done to pull this together.

Yes, please feel free to share it. Thank you for your ministry.

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I enjoyed reading and studying this its wonderful,I will share this in fellowship tomorrow

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Thanks for the words of advice.

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Thanks so much for this powerful message

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Thank you for bringing a word in season. Looking forward to receiving your plan

I pray the gratitude Bible reading plan blesses you, Linda!

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Good cultivation. This idea of showing gratitude. That’s the calmness of God, when in fury to foes…

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Gratitude should be our breath

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Lisa, I “stumbled” aross your blog after reading an article you had on crosswalk.com, and I am very impressed with your writings and wisdom which God has supplied through your trials. I intend to share this with my wife in as much as we have experienced a great loss 12 years ago in our lives with an estranged daughter from a very controlled marriage. (Grief, as you know, comes in many forms) Thank you for taking the time and energy to minister in this way, and may our great God continue blessing your words and ministry!

I’m so sorry for your loss. Yes, grief comes in many forms and though the wounds are deep, God’s love is always deeper.

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Good day Thank you very much for encouraging words of wisdom. Perfect reminder of who we are on Christ; we are his beloved. Gratitude gratitude; all the way; brings us closer toour Creator.Thank you very much…. keep up the good job amd stay blessed.

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Hi Lisa thank you so much , I enjoyed reading this piece. Please would you allow me to publish it in my church weekly bulletin so many more people can read? Thanks

Hi Charles! I’ll email you.

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Thank you for those points of yours concerning the benefits of thanksgiving to God. Is a great one. Almighty God will continually sustain you to do more and we shall all inherit his kingdom in Jesus name.

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Good morning beloved. Yesterday I experienced the power of God by showing me what I have versus to what others don’t have. He reminded me that all I so is ask ask and ask, take take and take and forget to properly give him thanks for all provision. After all, His name is Jehovah Jaireh, the Lord who provides and this experience has led me to your website as I was searching for the power of gratitude. Thank you so much for documenting it so well, so clear and so easy to follow. Remain blessed until the world call you BLESSED

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I fill happy when reading I’m well please

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Thank you for this. It came at the right time.

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Thanks Lisa

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Thank you my beloved Lisa for this soul refreshing teaching. It will uphold the proud, and will stir him or her to do the right thing

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I really love reading this is so inspirational to me.

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I cannot thank God and your ministry enough for this timely message. I have been blessed in no small measure. God bless you richly as you continue to speak His Mind to generations in Jesus name.

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Am indeed very thankful for this article, quite a great lesson I’ve learnt on being grateful to God, God bless you so much and may He give you more Grace and Revelation to continue enlightening the body of Christ with the living word.

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This is just amazing. Thank you Lisa!!

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Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah what a wonderful sermon, I will let my congrigation hear it too, thanks alot

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I read each one including the scriptures and, thoroughly enjoyed doing so.. This helps me with my walk with God. Thank you very much, may God continue to bless you.

Please correct this typo, please change 1 Corinthians 4:15 to 2 Corinthians 4:15 at the end of Gratitude Glorifies God.

I appreciate that catch, Laura, and made that change!

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I want to thank you for the power of gratitude 12-step list it really inspired me is very inspirational and it helped me with some of the problems that I’m going through thank you

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Thank you for allowing God to use you in bringing this message am blessed. Giving thanks to God and knowing He is in our lives is all that matters. Thank you ones again

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This is wonderful. Lord I’m grateful to know more of the benefits of being thankful. Thanks you Lord for each day good or ‘bad’. God bless you for this teaching. Am I blessed!

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Thanks for this. May I share with my Brethren in Church on Sunday?

Yes! Gratitude is life-changing.

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I am so bless by studying This wonderful writing may the Lord bless and increase your ministry.

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Am grateful for the opportunity to read it and I will do it again.thanks and May the Almighty bless you.

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Very enlightening and encouraging regarding us being thankful!

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I’m blessed

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I’m blessed with the message and I felt the obligation to share it to others so they too, will be blessed. Thank you so much!

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MY DEAR LISA.WORDS ALONE CANT THANK YOU ENOUGH,INFACT AM SHOT OF THEM,only GOD in heaven who sits on the throne of grace would reword you for this life changing ministration.my i call for grace upon you and your ministry to go keep going deeper and as far as spreading the light throughout the entire univers.thankyou lisa,am not only blessed but also challenged as the eyes of my heart got open to see who i was and how releaved i am.thankyou,i appretiate GOD bless you LISA.

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What an inspiration

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Wow tjis is siriually uplifting. I googled words about how to be grateful to God and this came up. Thank you so much Lisa. I have even highlited the verses on my bible and wrote gratitude how amazing is this!!!! Im going to bed now my two little persons have long been sleeping, so let me catch up whilst l can. So grateful for the find and the read l found.

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Going through your sermon was mind blowing and very inspiring .I thank God for your life because a lot ungrateful heart has been replaced with heart of gratitude. I was really blessed. Funny enough my first daughter name is also Lisa. I want us to become family friend so that one day my daughter can talk to you. God bless you richly and enlarge your ministry in Jesus mighty Name

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Great revelation, i will share with the church of GOD.feel blessed.

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I am so bless with this sermon as it’s open my eyes to what I stand to gain if I appreciates God in all things.

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This is wonderful, I was reading and everything is clear to me now. I think most of us are not giving God gratitude enough. We complain and grumble over everything because it’s not working out for us in our ways. I pray that this piece will give people the assurance God gives us when we thank him. I’m blessed with this writing, God bless you Lisa, your family and your ministry .

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Thank You Ms. Appelo. Finding, reading and studying your message is a wonderful gift which I will indeed be sharing. Thank You and God bless You!

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Praise to be God. I have inspired alot..may God bless you

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God has blessed you Lissa. The word of God you have given me today has substance. It means so much to me as I am strengthen to work with it. Continue in the good work of revelation until Christ comes or calls.

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Powerful word..God bless you

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Just read the 12 msg on gratitude, it had really help me this night of 10/4/2021. I appreciate.cha

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I have read the 12 benefits of giving God Thanx(gratitude) and feel so grateful for these.I love all of them.and am going to share them in my fellowship since it’s about giving thanx to God for what He has done for us.God bless you so much

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Thanks for article, it really a good thing to give thanks to the Lord

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Love this. Shared it with my prayer group. They loved it. Thanks and may God bless you

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Good work in remaining us why we need to give thanks to God.

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Praise and Thanks God Blessed Day Ma’am Lisa. I’m really blessed by reading this. I will share this to our devotion tomorrow. Thanks and Godbless 😇

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Gratitude do a fabulous job of connecting with your friends and family. They carry the innermost sentiments of your heart and communicate them in the most beautiful manner that touches their soul. loved your article

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Amazing points on gratitude.its a week of gratitude/ thanks giving in our church June 2021 and I find 12 good points from you on gratitude

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Good information right here, Lisa. Permission to share it with others, please

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Wonderful teaching. God bless you

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This is highly inspiring and soul lifting. God bless you for taking me through this Kingdom character.

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Thank you Sister Lisa for saying Yes to God calling in your and living for that purpose inspire of all odds. God bless you. Am really blessed, more grace in Jesus name Amen.

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i am so edified reading this. This piece is so powerful and unique.

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Thank you so much for sharing this, i have always been so casual in all i do especially in regards to my relationship with God, I believe this beautiful beginning is going to be an opening to many many more beautiful experiences in my life. May God bless you

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Glory be to the most high God

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I am so so blessed with these benefits of gratitude and I pray my God reachly bless and enlarge your coast in Jesus name. I will like to have more of your writings

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Wonderful!!! Thanks you,😊…..Glory to God

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This is awesome. God bless you.

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J am really blessed. Thanks so much. God bless you.

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This message was timely, it settled the issues of anxiety, worries, and depression. If God is our focus life journey will be peaceful.

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Thanks for this message on thanksgiving you have shared with us l am blessed with it God bless you real good in Jesusname

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I am so much blessed, words are not enough to express my heartfelt gratitude of this timely message, may i ask permission to share this to our division virtual convocation.

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Great revelation through the Holy spirit.

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It gives me joy to read your right up, it shall be well with you in all that your hands find to do. It changed my life and help me see the need gratitude and thankful to God for what He has done in our lives.

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Thank you very much for this series,it was helpful.

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The power of Gratitude is my best article and I love it too much, You listed in easy way to remember. God bless you and use all your effort’s for His Glory.

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Thank you very much l needed this. May God bless you, lm so much blessed

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This is great and inspiring. More grace of God in Jesus name

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Hi Lisa, Allow me to share this article with my church. Thanks

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Thank you for this wonderful message. It good to give thanks to God for everything He has done for us. If man were to be in position to give us the things of life, he would be partial and deny us what should have been free. Pastor Adewale Sunday

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Thank you Lisa for the information I received from you am so blessed. I will testify the goodness of God

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This is so powerful, may the Lord God Almighty continue giving you more and more wisdom reveal alot to you.

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Thank you LISA for such a meaningful thoughts on being Gratitude. I am blessed.

YES, it is true that developing a grateful heart brings incredible blessings.

John Wesley, NSM Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Please send me teachings from this group. I will really appreciate it. Thanks.

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How to Show Gratitude to God: 25+ Practical Ways

A key component of spiritual and personal development is gratitude. Giving thanks to the All-Powerful God can make you feel at peace, joyful, and fulfilled.

Prayer, meditation, helping others, being kind to oneself, spending time in nature, maintaining a gratitude diary, and other practises are just a few ways to thank God.

These techniques can assist us in cultivating gratitude for the blessings in our lives and a good mindset.

We might strengthen our faith and live more fulfilling lives by expressing our thankfulness to the Almighty God in words, deeds, or thoughts.

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What Is Gratitude?

Gratitude is a strong feeling of being thankful and appreciative. It’s when you recognize and feel thankful for the good things in your life, especially when others have been kind or helpful to you.

Gratitude isn’t just saying “thanks” politely; it’s a genuine, deep feeling that can make you happier and less stressed.

It’s like a warm, positive feeling in your heart when you realize all the good stuff around you.

Practicing gratitude by thinking about good things or saying thanks can make this feeling even stronger and bring more happiness into your life.

Why Gratitude is so important?

Gratitude is important because it makes us feel better and helps us get along with others. When we appreciate the good things in our lives, it makes us happier and less stressed.

Saying thank you and being thankful also makes our relationships with people stronger.

Gratitude is like a superpower that helps us when things are tough. It reminds us that we can handle problems and come out stronger.

So, being grateful is a big deal because it makes us happier, improves our relationships, and helps us be strong when we face challenges.

Reasons to Show Thankfulness to God

  • 1 Feel Closer to God: When we say thanks, it makes our connection with God stronger. We feel like God is closer to us.
  • 2 Stay Humble: Thanking God reminds us that we depend on God’s help. It helps us stay humble, which means not being too proud or thinking we can do everything on our own.
  • 3 Be Happy with What You Have: Thankfulness helps us focus on what we have instead of what we don’t. This makes us happier and more content.
  • 4 Trust in God: When we thank God for what we have, it reminds us that God takes care of us. This helps us trust God even more.
  • 5 Feel Better: Thankfulness can make us feel better. It reduces stress and helps us have a healthier mind and heart.
  • 6 Be Kind: When we’re thankful, we’re more likely to be kind to others. This spreads goodness and kindness in the world.

how to show appreciation to god?: Tips

One acknowledges and values life’s bounties and positive aspects by expressing appreciation to God.

It’s a way of acknowledging that all of our possessions, large or small, are gifts from a higher force, and that being thankful can make life more peaceful and joyful.

Remembrance

The very first thing to do is always to remember God. He should be a part of our mental process all the time. Our thoughts and actions, decisions, and activities must include Him.

If you do not think of Him or talk about Him, you will never be able to express gratitude to Him. 

Remembrance means you choose to act or think like God would make you do. Learning the scriptures and motivational quotes said by Him will also help.

Acknowledging His blessings

We often forget to accept the important role God plays in our lives and the ways he blesses us. This is totally unacceptable if you want to be grateful to Him.

Firstly, learn to recognize what He has done for you, count your blessings, and make a list of the things you have. 

Note down every specific thing you are grateful for. Every family member, every friend, your country, your privileges, your talents- everything. Then, thank Him for everything.

Prayers to offer

Prayer is the most effective way to show gratitude to God. When you pray, you appreciate the Divine God. It is said that God doesn’t expect costly offerings or anything- all he wants from us is simply sincere prayer, showing gratitude to Him from our hearts for everything he has given us.

Praying expresses your reliance on a superior power- a greater source of strength and knowledge. And you can do this every day, whenever and however you want.

Having a gratitude journal

This is also an excellent way. Maintaining a gratitude journal every day is convenient and effective.

It is not merely a list of the things you are blessed with but helps you keep track of everything He has done for you, daily. 

Many spiritual preachers advise people to keep such records so they can recognize God’s work in every little aspect of their life. This is a blessing in itself and shows your gratitude to God.

Writing notes

You need to learn to express gratitude, whether it is God or a person in your life. When you pen down your inner feelings and thoughts, it releases the large burden in your heart. So, practice writing down notes saying Thank You! to people or God. 

This is entirely a personal practice. Go through these notes now and then and notice that there are plenty of things to be grateful for, and life has a larger meaning.

Pray before you eat

Food, clothing, and shelter are some of our basic amenities. Thousands of people across the globe are constantly struggling to afford these daily.

So, if you are someone who can afford these valuables, do not take pride in yourself.

This is a great blessing from the Lord Himself. So, every day, when you have your lunch or dinner, spare a few minutes to say a short prayer, expressing your thankfulness to Him for providing you with everything needed for existence.

It is a huge blessing for which we are grateful to God. But again, it is also an efficient way to express your gratitude to God.

According to Elder Hales , the concept of repentance is constructed on the foundation of gratitude. 

It is a very important element while achieving salvation. Being mortal beings, we are flawed, and we are bound to make mistakes. The correct way is to accept them and apologize to God so that we do not suffer.

Obeying His directions

God has provided us with everything we need to survive. Most importantly, He has blessed us with the gift of life. In return, He only expects us to follow His path and obey His commandments. 

Following God’s path will help us to always be on the right path, and He will bless us and give us a prosperous life. There is no other easy way to show God that you are grateful to Him and that you respect Him.

Serving other people

A little bit of God is present in every living being in this Universe. So, when you serve another person or being and provide help somehow, you are serving the Almighty.

This way, you are helping someone and saying Thanks to God. 

It is a very simple process. You receive what you give. You just need to practice sacrifice and the will to serve someone. And the favor is reciprocated by others to build healthy communication.

Offering something to Him

Materialistic offerings are a secondary way to show gratitude to God. They are unimportant as long as you regularly do the primary gratitude practices.

But, if you think giving something to the Lord, no matter how little it is, will calm your mind and make you feel more satisfied and grateful towards the Almighty, go ahead and do it. It can be physical or financial- you can invest your money, time, or energy to do His work.

Being grateful to others

Just like when you serve someone, you are serving God; when you are grateful to someone for what they have done for you, you are expressing your gratitude to God in a way.

It is very easy to acknowledge a favor done by someone. 

Maybe it was something they said, or something they did, or simply the way they smiled at you- you can be and must be grateful for every little thing so that God receives your gratitude instantly.

Developing a grateful attitude

Gratitude is not something you just express now and then. It must be built into your character, and it must be practiced all the time. If God created us to be happy and have prosperity, we ought to develop a positive attitude and a sense of gratitude towards life. 

This also expresses our gratitude to Him since you are stating that you are thankful to Him for the life He has given you. Gratitude can be considered a noble virtue.

Being humble/ Kindness

Pride induces ingratitude, while humility breeds gratitude. Being lifted high in extreme pride is a huge mistake and can severely affect your thought process and activities. Unfavorable situations demand us to make a reasonable decision. 

You can either be humble and grateful and think calmly, or you can develop your egoistic nature and be bitter and irritated.

The former will make you grateful to God and give you peace and happiness, while the latter will take you away from Him.

Setting a new target

Having goals to achieve is another way to be thankful to God. It can be anything that brings a change in your life.

You can decide to give up a bad habit you have been nurturing within yourself or try incorporating a good habit that you think will benefit you. 

Change takes time, but when you put in your efforts, this shows your will to change yourself and follow the correct path shown by the Almighty. 

Spreading the word

If you want to express gratitude to the Almighty for all His blessings, you can try sharing the love and privilege with others. When someone appreciates what you have or what you are, attribute it to a blessing from God. 

Also, if they seem interested to know further about your thoughts and beliefs, share with them so they can feel the way you do. This way, you connect more people with God and express gratitude.

Therefore, there are many ways to show your respect and gratitude to God. Always remember that if it weren’t for Him, you would not have been able to lead a happy, healthy and prosperous life. So, thank him, and do it wholeheartedly.

This is a Supreme power you should never be ashamed to bow your head down to.

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3 Simple Ways to Be Thankful to God

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How can we show thankfulness to God on a daily basis?

Being thankful to God sounds like an easy task, right? But sometimes it’s not. Sometimes we are going through hard times and being thankful or grateful is the last thing on our minds.

Sometimes, during the season we all share what we are thankful for, the only thing we can focus on are those faces we no longer see around the dinner table.

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Thankfulness to God – What Does it Mean

Let’s face it. With the fast-paced world we live in we have so many things competing for our attention. And more often than not those things distract us. They direct our focus to the bad rather than the good.

Being thankful for God means praising Him in the storms as well as the rainbows!

Let us not grow complacent, friends. Let us have a plan in place that prepares us to show God gratitude in all circumstances .

Thankfulness to God is Gratitude

Appreciation and thankfulness – these are two words that can be closely associated with the word: Gratitude. I just love the definition by Lexico –

The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”

Readiness…Yes – this is what it comes down to.

What is gratitude? 

Before knowing how to show gratitude to God, one must learn what gratitude is. Gratitude goes deeper than simply being thankful. Gratitude can be more closely linked to an emotion rather than an action. It is an emotion of well-being.

It is an attitude of grace and gratefulness. Something we show in response to receiving something we have not earned. Gratitude is a response to a gift.

Did you know that showing gratitude makes us healthier? It also strengthens our emotions, helps us cope with stress, can help us sleep better, improves productivity, and so much more! So essentially, when you show gratitude you are doing yourself a favor too!

Reasons to Show Thankfulness to God

All you have to do is look around you. That’s it. We have so many reasons for thanking God and giving him gratitude! We could come up with every excuse under the sun to not be thankful – especially when our heart’s not in the right place (this is the reason preparation and readiness are key!). But ultimately we have EVERYTHING to be grateful for!

When it doubt, list it out -sister! That’s right! Make a list of things to thank God for! Take a pen out right now (or open your note app on your smartphone cause you're techy like that), find something to write on, and write out the first thing you notice that you could be grateful for. Bashful? Let me start –

Breath, electricity, clean water, fingers to type this with, SALVATION, my husband, sweatpants….

I mean…I could keep going. You get the idea. We all have something to be grateful for. We just have to shift our focus, sister. You see what I’m saying? We can get so trapped by dark thoughts. The devil wants to keep us down but you know what?! Ohhh…add this one to your list too: we win!  

…and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” Revelation 20:10 NIV

How Can I Be Thankful to God

Oh, girl, there are so many ways of expressing gratitude to God and thanking Him for all He has done, who He is, and the many blessings still to come!

Did you know when you sing a worship song you are praising God and thanking Him through your voice? How about when you read the bible? Reading God’s word shows Him gratitude for your sight and for His word.

What about taking care of everything He has given us? Yep – taking care of the house, car, kids, or even doing our best at work are all ways to show God gratitude! 

Here are a few other ways we can go about showing gratitude to god:

Thankfulness to God Through Praise

Show Thankfulness to God Through Praise

How do we praise God? Through our words. We sing to him and speak to him and express gratefulness using our voices. This doesn’t have to look any certain way. You don’t have to be in church or other religious settings to praise God.

You can do this while driving around from place to place in your car, while out for a walk with your dog, or even while in the shower. Showing God gratitude and thanking God through praise can be done anywhere!

Thankfulness to God Through Prayer

Show Thankfulness to God Through Prayer

I just love this one!

We show God our gratitude through conversation with Him. When we pray to God we are showing that we value our relationship with Him.

It shows Him we want to tell Him everything about our days and that what He has to say is important to us.

Thankfulness to God Through Service

Show Thankfulness to God Through Service

We show gratitude to God by serving Him and serving His people. Showing God gratitude through service can be done in many ways. We serve by helping others in need.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.” – 1 Peter 4:10-11

We can volunteer to make dinners for a new mom so she doesn’t have to cook. We can offer to watch someone’s pets so they can go on a much-needed vacation. Another way to serve is to take an exhausted mamma to coffee and have a chat.

Yep…you got it! You can show gratitude to God by serving and…serving can be done anywhere!

In order to begin showing gratitude to God, one must be willing. Don’t feel willing? Pray about it! God will grant you what it is you ask.

How to Continue Being Thankful to God

Now that we have an understanding of gratitude and thankfulness, the reasons to show gratitude and thanks to God, and the ways to do it – the next step is to set yourself up for success.

Starting a gratitude practice will help ensure that you are always prepared and it will be a sure-fire way to create a healthy routine . Remember, gratitude is good for you too!

So what does a gratitude practice look like? 

Having a gratitude practice looks different to everyone. I like to think of it as mini-goals for each day, week, or month. It can include things like this: Call my parents more often, keep a journal, spend one day uninterrupted each week with my kids, spend time in prayer, write a letter to your grandparents, etc. One of the best things you can do is study the bible every single day.

You can also embark on a 30 Day Gratitude Challenge to keep you focused on showing gratitude to others (which is a way of showing gratitude to God!).

The most important thing to remember is to stay consistent. Otherwise, a gratitude practice wouldn’t become a healthy habit.

Each day make it a priority to pray for faithfulness. Ask God to keep you on track and to continuously bring your mind back to the things you are grateful for.

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The Gift of Gratitude and Thankfulness

Showing gratitude and being thankful to God is what Thanksgiving is all about. Really, it’s the biblical way of Thanksgiving. The bible is full of moments, scripture, and tribute paid to giving God gratitude.

Normal people – just like us – with normal people problems – are all over in the bible finding reason to show gratitude to God.

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. – 2 Corinthians 4:15 NIV

And, based on the list we compiled above, we have no reason to not be thankful to God for all He has done for us. The question is this: how are you going to make this

Thanksgiving season (and all year long) more about showing gratitude and thanking God?

We love to hear from our readers! Let us know in the comments sections some ways you like to show gratitude to God and some new things you want to start implementing from this post!

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A Letter to God: Thank You For Everything You Have Given Me In Life

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I know you would be surprised seeing me address you through this letter. Usually you find me in a different set-up where I have a bell and joss sticks in my hand and you sit decorated in the beautiful temple of my house. That set-up is more formal and elaborate. This one is more real and gives me a chance to write my heart out.

You must be wondering why I am writing a letter to you. As if my daily prayers and wishes weren’t enough that I have another wish ready for you. In my daily prayers, I chant, sing for you and express my hopes which I know only you can fulfil. But today I am writing this letter to express my gratitude. Apart from my existence, there are several things in my life that I am grateful for. I have never been that expressive when it came to saying thank you, so today I am taking this opportunity to do the same.

Let me begin my list of thank you from the very start-

1. You have always been very kind. I am born in the most beautiful family. My mom is my source of inspiration; dad my pillar of strength and sister my advisor. They all love me and help me understand my life, which is given by you. Thank you for making me a part of a such a special family.

2. You always helped me overcome my inner fears. As a young girl, I was an anxious student always worrying about each and everything in life. Before every exam I would cry thinking I would fail. But you always helped me give my best. Thank you for letting me reach my full potential and emerge as a confident student.

3. You have always heard my dreams and fulfilled them. Getting into a college of my choice that too for my favourite course, was nothing less than a dream. But it came true! And I got to live my dream in the best possible way. Thank you for letting it happen without many obstacles.

4. You have always made things easy for me. I never thought I would ever fall in love. But I did, that too with the right person. I believed with all the cultural differences we would face a lot of hindrance getting married, but we didn’t. Thank you for keeping things in our stride and making it such a smooth ride.

5. You have always been very generous when it came to fulfil my wishes. So, when I prayed for one little bundle of joy, you blessed me with two. Never in my life I imagined that I would have twins. Thank you for gifting me the two most precious souls in life.

6. You have always shown me the right path. Now when my kids are growing, I find it difficult to maintain my sanity with their growing needs and demands. But even in the most stressful moments, a mere thought of you keeps me sane. Thank you for instilling some sense in me and help me cope with such situations in the best possible way.

7. You have always kept me safe. There have been times when I have been off guard, unprepared for the dreadful situations in life. But I could always feel the invisible shelter that you created to keep me protected. Thank you for keeping me safe and secure.

8. You have always provided me peace. When everything around me turn negative, I gain strength thinking about you. Even a two minute of meditation helps me to come out of all the negative emotions and retain my calm. Thank you for keeping me positive and hopeful even in the toughest of  situations.

9. You have always been my silent listener. I never had to shout or cry aloud. You have heard things that I sometimes just whispered in my mind. Thank you for hearing even the most silent prayers of my heart .

10. You have always been there when I needed you. I may not speak to you everyday. I am quite irregular with my prayers. But everytime I look for you, you ensure to make your presence felt.  Thank you for not giving up on me. 

You must be wondering that my thank you list is not as long, as usually my wish list is. This letter may be short but is straight from my heart. Every time I count my blessings, I find myself fortunate and lucky.  Thank you for blessing me always. My faith in you will always remain intact and unshakeable.  

Your sincere and firm believer

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What a beautiful post Charu.A greatful soul is always a beautiful soul .Enjoyed reading this.

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Beautiful post! I ought to take time out to thank him too ?

Thank you ☺️

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Such a true & honest letter. It brought back sweet old memoriesof this – letter to God- as assignment given to my students while I was working. I enjoyed reading a mux of many emotions and dialogues.

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This is a lovely way to show your gratitiude and is indeed a warm read Charu! Good going!

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I thank God for every breath I take. And I can feel the satisfaction we get after thanking Him.

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That’s awesome Charu. In our busy life we forget to say thank you to the almighty for every moment, every small joy. Thank you for this wonderful reminder.

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A lovely letter. You have written from the heart and I am sure God must be smiling too on reading this. ☺️☺️

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That was a heartfelt post dear. Hope you have a wonderful life ahead. with lots of blessing from god to you and your family

Thank you, Anchal

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What a beautiful letter, so full of gratitude and very heartfelt.

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Although I am an agnostic & can’t relate to the post much, but I know the feeling of being grateful & feeling lucky to have all the wonderful people in life and being blessed with everything we have. A very positive post. Loved reading it.

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Such a beautiful letter! Taking time to say thanks to the power which gives us strength is much needed. Heartfelt post, Charu.

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Beautiful letter. It’s so easy to ask for things we don’t have but we usually forget to be thankful for all we have. This letter reminded me about all the things I have to be grateful for.

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wow…thanks letter to god…

a list of the deeds to thank him

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That’s a beautiful post. Such heartfelt words. Being grateful is least we could do.

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This is so touching.Let the Lord’s name be praised Amen.

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What a heartfelt letter to God. Be blessed. We love you Father.

I am thankful and grateful for God’s love and mercy upon me and my family.

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Even during the toughest times of your life, there is still a myriad of reasons for you to be grateful. Gratitude is a way for one to have contentment in life— appreciating the little things that nurture your life. You can experience many difficult times in your life. However, if you notice, you get past it, which gives you more reasons to make the most out of it. Counting your blessings is really important if you want to experience the real meaning of happiness. Read my blog

Reasons Be Grateful Every Day

Hope this will help also. Thank you.

Cheers, Doris

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We should thank god every day for our blessings.

We all have many things which we can be thankful for this week. God is so good to us each and every day. We are grateful that we can get up and go about our business.

We are thankful that we have food to eat and clothes to wear. We are thankful for the strength God gives us to go to our job or school every day.

We should always be mindful of the many opportunities we have to help our neighbor and to help ourselves. Do you know there are many who can't help themselves?

Our hospitals and nursing homes are full of people who are hurting and can't help themselves like they once could. Think of all those people who would give anything if only they could get up and do the things that others do.

As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, being thankful should be a part of our daily lives. A day should never pass without thanking God for His abundant blessings and goodness to us.

You hear people say things like, "The Lord knows that I am thankful for how He has blessed me." Yes, He does, but there is nothing like telling Him with our lips and just focusing on Him. He wants to hear it from our soul, spirit and body.

The Psalmist David says in Psalm 100:4, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name..."

Praise and thanksgiving go hand in hand with one another. You can't really thank Him without praising Him, and you can't praise Him without thanking Him.

There are many people who are down on themselves and even on God. They are so critical of everybody and they are miserable in the world they live in. They are always looking on the bad side of life. You hear them say things like, "Why should I give thanks to God? He never blesses me."

Have you wondered what a day without God would be like? It frightens me just to think about it. We would not make it. We all would die. The whole world would be in chaos. God keeps the whole universe in working order in ways that we don't even recognize yet and maybe never will.

In Philippians we read these words, "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God."

Thanksgiving is more than just our words, but it includes how we live our lives, too. If we are truly grateful to God for His blessings, then we will show it in the way we live our lives.

If are truly grateful, then we will show it by going to the house of the Lord every week and we will make every effort we can to become what He wants us to be.

The Lord loves you so very much, my friend. He loves you in a way that you and I will never know. We cannot begin to grasp just how much He cares for us. We may have many sins, faults and trials, but he loves us anyway. His grace is extended to us even if we can understand it or not.

People may ask, "How can He accept me as I am?" It makes no difference where you have been or the kind of life you have lived. All He asks from anyone is to come just as you are.

When you get right down to it, this is the only way any of us can come to Him. We can't be something that we're not, especially when it comes to the Lord.

He knows all there is to know about you. He knows where you have been and where you are going. The truly amazing thing about it is that He knows all this and He still bids you to come to Him.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, and God bless.

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Gratitude Essay

500+ words essay on be grateful.

During difficult times, it’s easy to feel frustrated or drained by life. Negative feelings and thoughts can creep in, which can make it difficult to see the positive things in life. However, one simple practice of gratitude can help to eliminate these feelings. We take a look at the importance of being grateful through this being grateful essay. Students can also use this essay to practise more essays on similar topics like gratitude, being grateful, being grateful etc. Doing so will improve their writing section and increase their scores in the English exam.

What is Gratitude?

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. The word gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a feeling of appreciation or thanks. It is defined as “a sense of thankfulness and joy in response to receiving a gift, whether the gift is a tangible benefit from a specific other or a moment of peaceful bliss evoked by natural beauty”. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives.

There are different ways of expressing one’s thanks. Gratitude is one such emotion. People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways. Some of them apply it to the past by retrieving positive memories and being thankful for elements of childhood or past blessings. Some people are grateful for the present as they do not take good fortune for granted. Some people show gratitude for the future as they hope for a better future and maintain an optimistic attitude.

Importance of Gratitude

Gratitude enhances the quality of life and makes existence more worth living. It opens the human heart and carries the urge to give back-to do something good in return, either for the person who helped us or for someone else. It establishes social harmony and creates an environment where everyone is appreciating and providing support to each other. It also improves the quality of personal lives and strengthens the bond with family and friends. Expressing gratitude keeps us happy, healthy and stress-free.

Feeling grateful reminds people of a joyous event, and expressing gratitude to others often strengthens relationships. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. When we are grateful for others, we do not compare ourselves with others based on their financial situation or other factors, we simply appreciate their achievements. Thus, it helps in elevating the feeling of comparison, jealousy and hate. Being grateful also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or supreme power.

How to Practise Gratitude

Everyone can benefit from making an effort to practise gratitude in day-to-day life. It can be achieved simply by paying attention to the good things that happen to us. We must appreciate and accept the importance of everything in nature and our surroundings. Also, we should not forget to return the favour at an appropriate time. Whenever possible, we should thank the people around us, who make our lives comfortable, such as washermen, gardeners, security guards, sweepers, delivery men, etc. We should make a habit of thanking God when we wake up in the morning and before sleeping at night.

Gratitude is the best way to return the favour to God, nature, society, friends and relatives for the thousands of good deeds that they do for us.

We hope students must have found this “Essay on Gratitude” useful for their studies. To access more study material and get the latest updates on CBSE/ICSE/State Board/Competitive exams, keep visiting BYJU’S. Also, download the BYJU’S App for interactive study videos.

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How to show gratitude towards others.

You can show gratitude by thanking people who help you and being courteous and friendly. You can iInvite people over for lunch/dinner to thank them for something they did for you. Always listen intently to what others are saying to show appreciation and care.

Why is showing gratitude so important?

Psychologists show that there is a positive impact on the brain and body of people who show gratitude.

What are the benefits of showing gratitude?

Showing gratitude helps in emotional regulation by reducing stress and burnout. It also increases your mental resilience because you are able to build meaningful relations with others.

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2. Real food.

It was cute the first few times around, but does it have to be the same thing every year? Santa is a sweet and jolly man plenty enough on his own.

He doesn't need another candy cane, chocolate chip cookie, or glass of milk to keep the holiday cheer going. If anything, he is bound to have another sugar crash.

That's what caused the infamous Sleigh Crash of 1964. Ditch the dairy and baked goods, and give Santa a plate of your Christmas meal.

You thought Santa spent all of December up at the North Pole? He has an incredible side hustle, working grocery stores with his bell for the Salvation Army.

The worst gig of all is staging his workshop in every mall he goes to. Santa is a full-time toymaker and a part-time socialite. You know Santa is overqualified and he deserves what he is worth.

It is the season of giving, so give Santa his trillion dollar annual salary already.

4. Workshops around the world.

Why does Santa have to make all the world's gifts and toys from one workshop? Christmas magic can only to take our indomitable bearded friend so far.

He needs workshops in every country, that way he does not have to fly everywhere and everything at once. He will be closer to those who asked for gifts and spend more time out of his natural environment.

If Santa cannot stop working, give him something more and something better to work with.

5. Shorter lists.

Santa is not suggesting a decrease in population here. He just wants everyone to be nice instead of naughty. The gifts are enough to carry without that coal weighing him down.

He is also tired of hearing the reasons why you were naughty this year. It is breaking his gumdrop heart . Santa should not have to bribe you with presents or punish you with coal.

The greatest gift you can give Santa is kindness .

Santa is not that picky when it comes to gifts. Do the right thing, and he promises there will not be any coal in your stocking this year.

Christmas Love: A Heartfelt Letter to My Boyfriend

You are my favorite gift..

Dear Boyfriend,

Merry Christmas ! Spending another Christmas with you is enough of a gift for me. This is the time for me to tell you how grateful I am for you, which I often forget it in the light of Christmas chaos.

Who would have imagined that when we met that we would mean so much to each other now. You have nudged your way into my anxious and guarded heart in the smoothest of fashions. There is no one that I would rather spend the holidays with, no one I would rather drag to the mall for holiday shopping , and no one I would rather struggle with when trying to find the "perfect" present that tells you how much I love you. I can not wait to engulf ourselves into winter activities and there is no one I would rather have pull me around on ice skates. I am taking this time to thank you for all you have done for me in 2015... you surely deserve it.

Thank you for dealing with my anxious personality.

I know it can't be easy dealing with someone who makes up unlikely scenarios in their head or cries at the slightest moment of being overwhelmed. You have been such a comfort to me, more than you could ever imagine. You constantly surprise me about how loving and caring you are.

Thank you for pumping my gas.

Thank you for always doing the little things for me, pumping my gas being a personal favorite. Whether it's bringing me Starbucks on a cold morning or scratching my head to sleep , you always go out of your way to make me happy .

Thank you for being apart of my family.

Although I think my family may possibly like you more, you recognize how important my family is to me and have been in no way short of showing them love. You are not just a part of my life, but theirs as well and that makes them incredibly happy.

Thank you for sharing your closet with me.

Well, I guess I really mean letting my throw all my clothes over your floor and leaving shoes in your closet for months at a time. Even though you already warned me that I can't do that when we move in together.

Thank you for taking care of me when I am sick.

Whether it is surgery or a case of the sniffles you are the first to surprise me with soup , a box of tissues, and some well-needed cuddles. It takes an extra special person to kiss me, well aware that you could get sick .

Thank you for being an overall great person.

I have never been more impressed with someone who is constantly concerned about others and their well-being. You are more than willing to put others before yourself and I admire and respect you for that. You constantly impress me and there is not a day that goes by that I am not thankful for you.

With more love than you could ever imagine,

5 Festive Christmas Eve Outfits: Unleash Your Holiday Style!

Discover the perfect outfits for your christmas eve celebration from cozy pajamas to festive sweaters, find the ideal attire for a memorable holiday party with family and friends..

My favorite part about this time of year is attending holiday parties with my friends and family . Christmas eve is a holiday full of so much anticipation and joy; it is no wonder that most holiday parties occur on this day. Most of my family’s photo albums are full of all of us dressed up to celebrate this particular night. My parents always stress the importance of looking good during these holidays, and I am sure that it is a tradition many others keep, as well. Whether your family enjoys dancing until midnight, or curling up to a movie before Santa Claus comes to drop off his gifts, here are a few outfits to wear on this special day.

Festive pajamas!

Nothing is better then being warm and comfortable with the people you love. If you and your family are spending Christmas eve by being warm at home, then get some holiday pajamas to wear around the house! You will still look dressed for the holidays, and pictures will come out really cute!

Being comfortable does not mean you have to be in pajamas, Everyone knows that leggings are a girl’s best friend , and if you pair them with a holiday sweater and a few pieces of jewelry, you will have an outfit worth celebrating in!

Nothing says Christmas like a cozy flannel paired with jeans and a vest. They are the essential pieces for a holiday-inspired outfit, and if you are celebrating Christmas eve by having a few relatives over, then this outfit will definitely be suitable for the occasion.

Holiday dress

Dressing up for the holidays does not necessarily mean you need to go over the top! A classy dress and a nice pair of heels will make you look amazing at your family’s holiday party. Throw on some stockings and a cardigan, if you are feeling chilly, and you will look even more suitable for the season. Add a little red lipstick for the final holiday touch

​Party dress

If you are from a family that goes all-out for holiday parties, then you need to dress the part, also! Remember that wearing holiday colors is essential for this outfit, so find your favorite pair of red heels to match a pretty party dress and be ready to party the night away!

8 Classic Christmas Lyrics That Make Me Feel Warm And Toasty Inside

It's that time of year again when we all just feel a little warmer inside..

There is nothing like the comfort of Christmas music lyrics .

1. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year 🎁🎶

This Christmas classic instantly makes me feel cheery and bright. The lyrics remind me that everyone is together in celebrating the holiday and making sure it truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

It's the most wonderful time of the year With the kids jingle belling And everyone telling you be of good cheer It's the most wonderful time of the year

It's the hap-happiest season of all With those holiday greetings and great happy meetings When friends come to call It's the hap-happiest season of all

There'll be parties for hosting Marshmallows for toasting And caroling out in the snow There'll be scary ghost stories And tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago

It's the most wonderful time of the year There'll be much mistltoeing And hearts will be glowing When loved ones are near It's the most wonderful time of the year

There'll be parties for hosting Marshmallows for toasting And caroling out in the snow There'll be scary ghost stories And tales of the glories of Christmases long, long agoIt's the most wonderful time of the year

There'll be much mistltoeing And hearts will be glowing When loved ones are near It's the most wonderful time Yes the most wonderful time Oh the most wonderful time Of the year

2. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire) 🎅🌟

Every time I hear this song I instantly feel like I'm sitting in front of my fireplace in my cozy PJ pants with some hot cocoa. It reminds me of all the seemingly little moments that all add up to make the season joyful and merry.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping at your nose (yeah) Yuletide carols being sung by a choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe Help to make the season bright Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa's on his way He's loaded lots of toys and many goodies on his sleigh And every mother's child is going to be spy To see reindeer really know how to fly

And so, I'm offering this simple phrase To kids from one to ninety-two Although it's been said many times, many ways Merry Christmas to you (yeah)

And so I'm offering this simple phrase(oh wooah) To kids from one to ninety-two (yeah, yeah) Although it's been said, many times, many ways Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas (yeah) Merry Christmas (oh, no) Merry Christmas to you

3. Rockin' Around the Chritmas Tree 🎄🎶

My all time favorite! If you don't picture some version of your family gathered for a Christmas meal with the Christmas tree all lit up in the corner then what are you doing?!! Instant merriment.

Rockin' around the Christmas tree At the Christmas party hop Mistletoe hung where you can see Every couple tries to stop Rockin' around the Christmas tree Let the Christmas spirit ring Later we'll have some pumpkin pie And we'll do some caroling

You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear Voices singing, let's be jolly Deck the halls with boughs of holly Rockin' around the Christmas tree Have a happy holiday Everyone dancin' merrily In the new old-fashioned way

4. Here Comes Santa Claus🎄🧑‍🎄

This one always takes me back to my childhood. I feel like I'm 7 years old again putting out cookies for Santa and being so excited for him to come that I can't sleep! The whole season brings us back to our childhoods and makes us all feel like little excited children who believe in magic again.

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, Right down Santa Claus lane Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer Pullin' on the reins Bells are ringin', children singin' All is merry and bright Hang your stockings and say your prayers 'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, Right down Santa Claus lane He's got a bag that's filled with toys For boys and girls again Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle, Oh what a beautiful sight So jump in bed and cover your head 'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, Right down Santa Claus lane He doesn't care if you're rich or poor He loves you just the same Santa Claus knows we're all Gods children That makes everything right So fill your hearts with Christmas cheer 'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, Right down Santa Claus lane He'll come around when the chimes ring out That it's Christmas morn again Peace on earth will come to all If we just follow the light So lets give thanks to the lord above That Santa Claus comes tonight!

5. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas 🎁🎶

This song reminds me to stop and admire all the beauty of the season. It's the little things that bring us the most joy and what make Christmas so special. Feeling warm and toasty yet?

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas Everywhere you go Take a look at the five and ten, it's glistening once again With candy canes and silver lanes that glow

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas Toys in every store But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be

On your own front door

A pair of Hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots

Is the wish of Barney and Ben Dolls that'll talk and will go for a walk Is the hope of Janice and Jen And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas Everywhere you go There's a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well It's the sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas Soon the bells will start And the thing that'll make 'em ring is the carol that you sing Right within your heart

On your own front doorSure, it's Christmas once more

6. A Holly Jolly Christmas 🎁 🎅

This song always brings out the holly and jolly in me. Christmas is always the best time for rhyming and nonsensical adjectives.

Have a holly jolly Christmas And when you walk down the street Say hello to friends you know And everyone you meet

Oh-ho, the mistletoe Is hung where you can see Somebody waits for you Kiss her once for me

Have a holly jolly Christmas And in case you didn't hear Oh, by golly Have a holly jolly Christmas this year

7. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! ☃️🎄

Again, I feel like I'm snuggled up in front of the fire place with cocoa. Honestly, I could be knee-deep in snow listening to this song and still feel warm and toasty inside.

Man it doesn't show signs of stopping And I brought me some corn for popping The lights are turned way down low Let it snow! Let it snow!

And the fire is slowly dying And, my dear, we're still goodbying But as long as you'd love me so Let it snow! Let it snow and snow!

Oh, the fire is slowly dying And, my dear, we're still goodbying But as long as you'd love me so Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

8.  Winter Wonderland ❄️ 🎄

Walking in a winter wonderland! These lyrics remind me that while Christmas only comes around once a year, it renews our spirits, giving us a joy and hope that continues even after the lights come down.

Gone away is the bluebird Here to stay is a new bird He sings a love song as we go along Walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman Then pretend that he is Parson Brown He'll say, "Are you married?" We'll say, "No, man But you can do the job when you're in town"

Later on, we'll conspire As we dream by the fire To face unafraid the plans that we've made Walking in a winter wonderland

Later on, we'll conspire As we dream by the fire To face unafraid The plans that we've made Walking in a winter wonderland!

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Gratitude is one of the most underestimated ways anyone can use to enrich their lives. It is the feeling and attitude of appreciation and thankfulness for the good that we receive in life.

Scientists have proven that when we express our gratefulness towards other people, we tend to feel happier, calmer and as a result, it opens up more channels for goodness to enter into our lives.

Imagine going through a day where strangers smile at you, greet you, and people hold the door open for you, and more importantly, you feel that this world is full of kindness and people are willing to help you without expecting any return. How would that make your day?

The best part about being grateful and to live a good life, you can do not have to wait for people to do good to you, instead, be the first one to act and express your thankfulness to them, especially your parents.

Why Do You Need To Show Gratitude Towards Parents

Robert Emmons, one of the world’s leading scientist and expert on the subject of gratitude reveals that feeling grateful have many benefits for your body, mind, and relationships, especially towards your parents.

You have to understand that your parents are the closest people you have when you were young and they are the ones that you spent the most time with. Well, this may not be true for everyone, but it is true for the majority of the people out there.

Kindness and success start from home. Another important point to remember is that you will someday become a parent too. And thus, how you treat your parents will somehow leave an impact on your relationship between you and your children.

If you are grateful for your parents and always be thankful for the good that they have brought into your life, you will feel the same when you become a parent.

What Are The Best Ways To Express Your Gratitude Towards Parents

There are plenty of ways how you can express your gratitude and thankfulness toward your parents. One of the easiest and most effective ways is to just say “Thank you”.

When your parents cook a meal for you, when they help you solve a problem, when they do something for you, when they guide you, when they buy you a new shoe, when they give you money to live, do not forget to say thank you.

Another good way to express your gratitude towards your parents is to spend more time with them and accompany them. You do not have to wait until when their hair turns gray or when they are 80 years old only to spend your time with them. Remember how your parents spend their time and life nurturing you, feeding you and making sure that you grow up becoming who you are today? Do the same and take good care of your parents, this is one of the best ways to express your thankfulness to them.

Some people express their gratitude through composing a song, some write thank you letters, some show it through hugs and kisses, and some bring their parents for vacation. What about you?

Regardless of what you do to show your gratefulness towards your parents, the key is to make sure that you do it before time runs out.

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As you might already know, expressing your gratitude towards people is something that will not only enrich your life but also enrich the lives of the one you express your thanks to.

Studies have shown that expressing your gratefulness toward someone has many benefits including raising your self-esteem, making you happier, and also giving you a sense of fulfillment in life.

And when it comes to showing your appreciation, one of the most important figures you should be thankful for will be your teachers. Most people who practice writing gratitude lists often miss out their teachers in the list because they only interact with their teachers in school. And after they get into the working world, materials and people around them are their main focus.

Do you know that teachers are the people who you spend the most time with besides your parents and friends? More importantly, a teacher’s mission is to educate you and make sure that you learn what you are supposed to learn in school. Their mission also often intertwined with life and inspirational lessons to motivate you to succeed in life.

Take Les Brown, the motivational speaker as an example. In his motivational speech, he often quoted the person who inspired and changed his life, his teacher, Leroy Washington. Brown was born poor and was labeled as “educable mentally retarded”. Despite the fact that Brown was a slow learner, his teacher never abandoned him, instead, he inspired him by telling young Brown, “Never let someone’s opinion of you become your reality”.

As you can see, your teachers play an important role in shaping who you are today. You are where you are right now because of the influence of your teachers. Regardless of whether your teachers have positively impacted your life, you should feel grateful for them at all times.

There are plenty of ways how you can express your gratefulness toward your teachers, including:

1. Write a thank you essay to your teacher. Show your appreciation through words and this is not a test, hence, write with an open heart and sincerity.

2. Buy a best-selling book for your teacher. Somehow, teachers should love to read and always pursue for improvement, be it in career or at life, right?

3. Show your appreciation by doing homework and follow the advice from your teachers. This is one of the easiest ways to show your gratitude towards your teacher. Just do your best and excel in school.

4. Say a simple “Thank you”, after every class. This small and simple act will profoundly change your teacher’s life.

5. Remember your teacher’s birthday and buy him or her a gift as a token of appreciation. And your teacher will remember you for the rest of his or her life.

The above are just some of the ideas on how you can show your thankfulness towards your teacher. It is not the idea that matter, the key is that you do something that your teacher will remember and receive your appreciation. Even if it is as tiny as a simple “thank you”, your teacher will feel it.

As students, many teachers and educators will pass through your life without remembrance. Therefore, starting from now on, do something and to express your gratitude to the people have guided you in life.

There is an old saying, “A friend in need is a friend indeed”, and friends hold a special place in our heart as they are the ones who will always be by our side whenever we need them. We simply cannot live in this world all by ourselves without friends.

Thus, it is important to express our appreciation toward our friends, especially those who have helped us when we needed them. There are many types of friends, some you will want to keep no matter the situation, some you will want to leave or spend less time with, and some are good for social and sharing.

Writing an appreciation essay or letter to express your gratitude toward your friend is not something new. In fact, it has been around for ages and a lot of people are using this method to show their gratitude and build better and more intimate relationship with the people they spend their time with. You do not really have to follow any format when writing the essay to your friends. They are your best friends, they know you and they will accept whatever you good you are trying to tell them.

However, no matter how informal you are, you have to be sincere in writing it. You will lose the point of the gratitude letter if you sound fake and are not serious. All you need to do is to express how you feel about them. Tell your friends how much thankful you are and how much they meant to you in your life.

Besides that, to make your gratitude letter more powerful, you can include a small gift with it. It can be a keychain, a pen, a book, or even just a mint, your friend will appreciate your effort even more. You do not have to wait for the right and perfect moment to do this. If you seriously are grateful for your friends right now, take out a piece of paper, and write down your thoughts and thank them.

There are many blessings that come from being grateful for the good things we enjoy in life. And everyone has their own religion in their hearts. Deep within you, you believe in something, a higher power, a God, or something that has the power to create the world. Simply put, God wants us to learn to be grateful and thankful for all the gifts He has created for us.

This is not only about being spiritual, in fact, science has shown that people who are grateful for their Gods tend to be healthier and happier. You have probably heard the saying, “Count your blessings”, and do you know that when you literally count your blessings, you will increase your emotional and mental health? When people are not grateful, they tend to complain and blame everything and everyone. This is a negative act that will destroy your life. When you think something negative in your mind, you will feel stress, anxious, frustrated, and also angry. This will directly affect your health.

Therefore, learn to be grateful for everything in your life, especially God, the higher power that created you and everything else in the world. When you show your appreciation, you will access a calmer state, you will feel more peaceful and this makes you feel good about yourself, and your life.

One very simple act of showing your gratitude toward God through praying. Depending on what religion you believe in, everyone prays differently. The method how you pray does not really matter, the key is that you are sincere in showing your gratefulness. Furthermore, you can practice writing a gratitude list. Just write down whatever things that you want to be grateful for. It can be your cat, your dog, your house, your wife, your children, your boss, the air you are breathing, the computer you have, or whatever you can think of. Feel the appreciate and express the gratefulness deep within you.

School is one of the most important places in our lives because it is where almost everyone spends the most of their time there. It is a place that is meant to nurture us, guide us, and equip us with the necessary knowledge to prepare for the world. Everyone has their own unique memories about their school, some were meaningful and nostalgic, some were funny, and some were embarrassed.

Whatever thoughts and memories you have about your school, it does not really matter now as you have gone through it and the past will remain history forever. You simply cannot change that, but there is one thing that you can do that will impact your future life, and it is to show your gratitude toward your school and your teachers.

Schools are great places where young people get together and learn not just academically, but also about friendship, teamwork, leadership, life, and also love. On average, a normal person about 12 to 20 years in a classroom and this is where we learn to interact with others and this is also where our characters and attitudes started to grow.

So how can you show your appreciation toward your school and be grateful for what you have gone through? Well, you can start with two parts. First, you can show your gratitude toward your school by helping your school. You can make a donation when you have extra money or you can spend time into helping your school such as cleaning or repainting the building.

Next, you can also show your gratitude by writing appreciation letters to your teachers. You set a good example of being a grateful person by expressing your thoughts and let the new young generation to follow. There are plenty of ways how you can contribute to your schools and teachers. When you have the sincerity, the ideas will automatically come to you.

What is a Gratitude Day? It is a day to show appreciation for all things, big and small. Gratitude Day was first celebrated in 1965, and it was officially adopted by the United Nations Meditation Group and recognized as a day where people from around the world and from all walks of life show their gratefulness on whatever things in life.

Studies have shown that people who are grateful for the things they have and the life they are living right now are happier, calmer, and able to perform and achieve more. According to the Law of Attraction, the more you appreciate what you have, the Universe will give you more of it. For example, if you appreciate and are grateful for the money you have, you will have more of it.

So how can you celebrate this day and make it meaningful and interesting? First, you can take a moment to appreciate your family tree. Pay attention to your family members, notice how they have supported you in the past, and then express your gratefulness to them. Tell your family how much you love them. Buy a gift for them if you want to.

Next, be thankful for your community. From the server at your local restaurant, the policemen, the nurse, to the baker down the street in your neighborhood, say thank you to them. Give and show your gratitude to them. And do not forget about your friends too. Your friends are an important part of your life because you have gone through the thick and thin with them.

Besides that, thank yourself for being who you are right now and for whatever you have had in your life. When you appreciate yourself, you will have more confidence and thus, able to accomplish more. When you show your gratitude toward the things you have in life, you will appreciate them and in return, you will live an abundant life.

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23 Thankful Bible Verses for Expressing Gratitude to God

Each day we have the choice to be thankful and experience the power of a grateful heart. Take a pause today to recall the goodness and gifts of God. Here are our favorite Bible verses for remembering all the blessings we have to give thanks for.  

23 Thankful Bible Verses for Expressing Gratitude to God

We have all faced a year of uncertainty and unexpected changes. In the midst of what could cause anxiety and fear, we could all use reminders of God's love and promises. When we are thankful for the faithfulness of God, we can begin living out of a grateful heart. These Bible verses about being thankful serve as words of encouragement when we are struggling to see the ways God is working. The more you express thanks to God, the more you begin to see the good around you every day. Being thankful takes practice but the more you do it, the more you experience the power of counting your blessings.

We can turn to Scripture to find the right words to give thanks to God. We have a God who loves us and wants to use every situation for our good. While we can't be thankful for all things, we can be thankful in all things - knowing that God is with us and has promised us a future hope. May these Bible verses on thankfulness inspire gratitude in your own heart today as you reflect on the goodness of God. Share these with friends and family around the Thanksgiving holiday or as words of encouragement throughout the year!

Bible Verses About Being Thankful

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

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!" ~ 1 Chronicles 16:34

"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe." ~ Hebrews 12:28

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change." ~ James 1:17

To help you in thanking God, we created a 30 Days of Gratitude Prayer Guide HERE . Download and print this guide to keep with you as a reminder of God's love and promises.

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"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.   Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." ~ Colossians 3:15-17

"Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,   always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." ~ Ephesians 5:19-20

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." ~ 1 Corinthians 15:57

"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." ~ Colossians 4:2

"You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God." ~ 1 Corinthians 9:11

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"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God , which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. " ~ Philippians 4:6-7

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God" ~ Ephesians 2:8

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"For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved." ~ Romans 10:10

"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." ~ Colossians 2:6-7

"For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer." ~ 1 Timothy 4:4-5

Psalms of Thankfulness and Gratitude

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"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever...Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things." ~ Psalm 107:1 , Psalm 107:8-9

"Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name." ~ Psalm 100:4

"I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving." ~ Psalm 69:30

"Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!" ~ Psalm 106:1

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." ~ Psalm 118:1

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"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him." ~ Psalm 28:7

"I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High." ~ Psalm 7:17

"I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High." ~ Psalm  9:1-2

May you experience a heart overflowing with praise and gratitude as you give thanks to God for all He has done, is doing, and will do! 

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I'm grateful, god: a thanksgiving prayer for everyone.

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I'm grateful, God, for so many things. Now, I know I'm not the most grateful person you know, God, so let me take some time to tell you what I'm thankful for.

I'm grateful, God, for the gift of life. Without you I wouldn't be here. Without you nothing would be here. Without you nothing would be at all.

I'm grateful for my parents, God. Even if they weren't perfect, or completely functional, they loved me the best they could, and they worked hard to make sure that I had enough to eat, that I was clothed and that I had a place to sleep. I'll never know all that they did for me, like the things they did for me when I was a baby, but I can be grateful for the things that I know. Help me to be a grateful child, and remind me to be grateful in person. If my parents have ended their time on earth and are with you, help me to be thankful for their lives, and fill me with the hope of meeting them again in your company, where I'll be able to say thanks again.

I'm grateful for my friends, God. Even if I have only one good friend in my life right now, I'm so grateful. God, you show your love for me through my friends in ways that I sometimes overlook. They give me advice, sometimes when I need it, sometimes when I don't, which in both situations is a sign of their care for me. They listen to me complain, which I do too much, and they celebrate with me, even if things aren't always going well for them. They help me to laugh. And they help me to laugh at myself. That alone is reason to be thankful. Help me to be a good friend in return.

I'm grateful for my family, God. Yes, I know that all families are a little nutty, and mine is no exception. Even Jesus's family tree had its share of complications. But I'm thankful that, even with the nuttiness, I'm part of a family that has helped to make me the person I am. I know that they try to love me the best that they can. Help me to be a good family member, trying to help out when I can, make the phone call or pay a visit when they're lonely, and keep my mouth shut when I should be listening, or when I don't have anything sensible to add to the conversation.

I'm grateful for my job, God. It's not always a bed of roses, but at least I have a place to work and I am able to make ends meet. That's more than many people have. And I know the people I work with can drive me crazy, but they are doing their best, too. Help me to be a good co-worker, to give people the benefit of the doubt, to care for the people with whom I work, and not to take everything so seriously on the job. And help me remember that all work done freely and with a loving heart is worthy in your site.

I'm grateful, God, for all the things that I know many people in this world don't have. And that's a long list. So I'm grateful for food. And clean water that is easily available. And clothes. And heat in the winter and air conditioning and screens in the summer. I'm grateful that I can go to the doctor and get a check up and even get shots to help me avoid illness. That's a lot more than most people have. Help me to be grateful, and help me remember that I can help those who have less by being generous. That's one way of thanking you.

Did I mention how much I appreciate all the things you created? For the color of orange autumn leaves against the deep blue sky? For the smell of the sidewalk after a thunderstorm on a hot summer afternoon? For the way that the frost makes crazy patterns on windows in the winter? For the amazing smell of daffodils in the springtime? While I'm at it, I'm also grateful for the beach (that's a pretty great thing you created), the mountains (also great) and sunsets (really great). And hamburgers, too.

Most of all, God, I'm grateful for your presence in my life. You're everywhere, and if I remember to pay attention I can see you invitation to meet you in every moment of the day. I know that it is you who turn my mind to thoughts of gratitude. And when I'm tempted to focus only on the problems and worries and fears, I know that I'm being led away from you.

Now, I'm not always as thankful as I should be, but today I am. Today I will try to be grateful all day, since you are generous all day to me, like you are every day.

Originally published in America magazine.

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Gratitude Bible Verses

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Bible Verses about Gratitude and Appreciation

The Bible teaches us about the power of gratitude. An attitude of thanksgiving to God will fill us with hope and joy. These Bible verses about gratitude  will help you focus on the blessings of God and on finding blessings in your everyday life.

The apostle Paul is well known for writing Scriptures about being thankful. Some of his most well-known passages are focused on gratitude, including giving thanks for all things, in all circumstances ( Ephesians 5:20 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ), being thankful even in suffering ( Romans 5:3-5 ; James 1:1-4 ), and to do everything in the name of Jesus out of a spirit of gratefulness ( Colossians 3:17 ). You can also use Bible verses about thanksgiving and Psalms of thanksgiving to help you experience the power of grateful living no matter what you are facing.

When we give thanks to God in prayer, even when it's hard to, we are promised comfort and provision for our needs. Use this prayer as you meditate on the collection of Bible verses about gratitude:

Top Gratitude Bible Verses

Gratitude is an important aspect of a happy and fulfilling life, and the Bible has many verses that emphasize the importance of being thankful. Here are a few Bible verses about gratitude:

  • "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." ( 1 Thessalonians 5:18 )
  • "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name." ( Psalm 100:4 )
  • "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." ( Philippians 4:6 )
  • "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." ( Colossians 3:15 )
  • "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." ( Colossians 3:17 )

These verses remind us to be grateful for everything we have, even in difficult times. By expressing gratitude, we can find joy and peace in our lives and strengthen our relationship with God.

To help you in praise and thanksgiving to God, we created a 30 Days of Gratitude Prayer Guide HERE . Download and print this guide to keep with you as a reminder of God's love and promises.

Discover more Bible verses about gratitude to help jumpstart your own faith. Share these with family and friends to encourage them!

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Psalms 136:1

Colossians 3:15.

Just Breathe

Psalms 100:4-5

Psalm 100:4

2 Corinthians 4:15

His grace for us is overwhelmingly worthy of our thanks! -2 Corinthians 4:15

2 Corinthians 9:15

James 1:1-4.

Pure Joy

Philippians 4:6-7

Philippians 4:7

Romans 12:1

1 thessalonians 5:16-18.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 - Give Thanks

Psalms 104:15-28

1 corinthians 10:30-31.

Your Daily Verse - 1 Corinthians 10:31

Psalms 106:47

James 1:17

Colossians 1:12

Psalms 118:29.

Psalm 118:29

Colossians 2:7

Romans 5:3-5.

Romans 5:3-4

Romans 6:13

Psalms 79:13, 1 corinthians 15:57.

1 Corinthians 15:57

Colossians 2:6

Colossians 4:2, hebrews 12:28, hebrews 13:15.

Sacrifice of Praise

Psalms 7:17

Psalm 7 17 "I Will Give to the Lord the Thanks Due!"

Psalms 28:7

Psalm 28:7

Psalms 35:18

Psalms 110:4, psalms 52:9, psalms 54:6, psalms 69:30.

Psalm 69:30 - Praise God's Name

Psalms 86:12

1 corinthians 6:20, philippians 4:6.

Philippians 4:6

Psalms 106:1

Psalms 118:1, psalms 147:7, revelation 4:9.

God ALWAYS keeps his promises -Jonah 2:9

Revelation 11:17

Romans 1:21, 1 timothy 4:4-5.

What are you thankful for? - 1 Timothy 4:4-5

Psalms 107:21-22

Psalms 95:1-3.

Praise Him

Revelation 19:1-6

Romans 1:18-21.

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Essay About Being Grateful: 5 Examples Plus Prompts

Looking at life in a more appreciative way is key to success and happiness. Read this guide if you want to write an essay about being grateful.

Keeping a positive outlook on life can be challenging in a world where we constantly hear bad news. However, it is important to stop focusing on the negative and become more grateful for what we have.

Being grateful is a principal practice to follow to live a healthy, productive life. Even when you feel like nothing good has happened, think of the simpler aspects of life, things as commonplace as having a meal, a bed to sleep on, and even waking up to another day. Being grateful can help you focus your energy on something more positive, lightening your load when life gets too heavy. 

If you want to write an essay about being grateful, here are some essay examples for inspiration. 

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1. 7 Things That I Am Grateful For. What About You? by Steve Spring

2. how gratitude can help you through hard times by robert emmons, 3. feel and express gratitude by dr. hyder zahed, 4. the importance of being grateful by deborah jepsen, 5. choose to be grateful. it will make you happier. by arthur c. brooks, 1. what is gratitude to you, 2. what are you grateful for, 3. why should you be more grateful, 4. is gratitude still “good” even if you don’t mean it, 5. why has gratitude become such a hot topic.

“I have a lot to be grateful for. If I had been born in another time or place my life might have been very different. I might not have had been blessed with the life I have now. I have an amazing life. It is great to be focused on my goals and trying to improve my life…But, I need to make sure that I am taking some time to be grateful for everything and everyone that I have in my life. If you want to be happy you need to learn to be grateful. What are you grateful for today?”

Spring lists seven things he is grateful for and explains why he is thankful for each. These include his home, food, and, most significantly, the mistakes he has made in the past. He provides excellent insight into why he is grateful for these seemingly basic items and does an excellent job of justifying his points. Ultimately, the takeaway from this article is that while life is not perfect, we always have a lot to be grateful for. Gratitude is a choice.

“Being grateful is a choice, a prevailing attitude that endures and is relatively immune to the gains and losses that flow in and out of our lives. When disaster strikes, gratitude provides a perspective from which we can view life in its entirety and not be overwhelmed by temporary circumstances. Yes, this perspective is hard to achieve—but my research says it is worth the effort.”

This essay reflects on being grateful even when experiencing tough times. It is easy to be grateful when all is well in our lives.

Robert Emmons suggests performing a comparison between good times and bad times. You may then realize that your situation is better than you thought. He also says that rather than thinking about a difficult time or a particular challenge in a negative light, we can think about it in the sense that it has helped us grow, making it something to be grateful for. 

Embracing gratitude can be a challenge in itself, but it is ultimately self-serving. Being grateful makes you count your blessings and makes you feel good.

“For, whatever you genuinely feel grateful for, you will have multiply in your life. Think about it, if you gave a gift to another and that person told you, ‘I am so grateful for the gift. I can’t believe how kind you were to give it to me. You have made me so very happy,’ you’d want to give that person another gift. So you could be feeling genuinely appreciated while at the same time bring a little happiness to another.”

Zahed, in his essay, reminds us to be grateful for everything that contributes to our happiness and wellbeing, no matter how small. Similar to Emmons, he also discusses turning sorrow and disaster into something to be grateful for, in a sense. Being grateful is a commitment that we must choose to enhance our lives. It’s all about how you measure your success.

“Gratitude promotes optimism and helps us to develop a more positive outlook. It lets us pause for a moment to reflect on something we have in our life right now instead of always striving for more … the next goal, the new dress, the new toy, the new car, or the house renovation …Gratitude is simply cultivating a genuine appreciation for what we already have.”

From a more scientific perspective, Jepsen discusses the health benefits of gratitude, both psychological and physical. Gratitude makes us more optimistic and helps us reflect on what we have rather than constantly wanting more. She also encourages readers to share their appreciation with others, even through something as simple as a smile. 

“Be honest: When was the last time you were grateful for the spots on a trout? More seriously, think of the small, useless things you experience — the smell of fall in the air, the fragment of a song that reminds you of when you were a kid. Give thanks.”

This opinion piece by Arthur C is similar to the other works on this list. Brooks encourages readers to choose gratitude. He says that acting grateful can help you feel grateful and that being grateful can uplift the mood of those around us. Gratitude offers benefits for the individual and the collective. Finally, he says to find gratitude in everything, no matter how small it is. 

Essay Prompts About Being Grateful

Essay about being grateful: What is gratitude to you?

Consider how you were introduced to the concept of gratitude as a child. Was it discussed with you, and were you encouraged to express gratitude, or is it something you have come to understand and appreciate in adulthood? How do you personally feel about being grateful? Are there any experiences in which you wish you acted more gratefully? Explore gratitude through your own experience.

As illustrated by Steve Spring, it can be beneficial to list the things you are grateful for and maybe discover a few more you had not considered along the way. Categorize aspects of your life and the parts for which you are grateful. You could then perform a comparison with someone from a different background or country and speculate on how your lists may differ. Finally, consider how quickly a person’s life can change. Should tragedy befall you, would you still be able to find things to be grateful for?

This angle allows you to showcase inspirational examples of the benefits of gratitude. Why is it important to be grateful and maintain a positive outlook on life? And what do people get out of it? The essay examples above offer excellent sources for this prompt. There are measurable benefits.

Some would say it is important to show gratitude even if you don’t mean it sincerely. Others argue that it would be worse to be insincere. What do you think? Does insincerity qualify as gratitude, even if you try to be polite or act kindly to spare someone’s feelings? Or is genuine gratitude something else altogether? If we cannot offer sincere thanks, are we actually being grateful?

In recent times people are talking more about the benefits of gratitude and researching to prove its merits. The popularity of gratitude journaling is vast; you can purchase bespoke gratitude journals to record your thoughts on the topic daily and even take a course to learn how to do it. Investigate where this trend originated and examine how it has been embraced throughout society.  

If you’d like to learn more, in this guide our writer explains how to write an argumentative essay .

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I Left My Faith. God Didn’t Flinch.

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Ms. Fruchter is the author of the forthcoming novel “City of Laughter.”

The first time I intentionally broke a Jewish law, I was in college. It was a Saturday. I glanced around furtively, though I was alone in my dorm room. Then I flicked off the light, an act forbidden on the Sabbath. I flicked it on again. Around me, in the bright quiet, I exhaled.

This transgressive experiment was inspired by a friend who had grown up Orthodox, as I had, but was no longer and had simply begun trying on small heresies. “Once,” my friend said, “I turned off the light on Shabbat. And no lightning struck me down.” Now, having confirmed this, I felt giddy with power.

As time went on, I experimented more liberally. I tried nonkosher food. I took the train on Shabbat. It felt like daring God, saying, “Hey, look what I can do.” But God didn’t flinch. God probably had more important things to do than be mad about my Saturday brunch plans.

I grew up modern Orthodox, meaning my family strictly observed Jewish law, but we weren’t insular. Sure, I couldn’t go out on Friday night or eat cheeseburgers, but — on days other than Shabbat — I could watch TV and go to the mall; my suburban life somewhat resembled that of my non-Jewish counterparts.

But I felt I was missing out. The modest dress code at my all-girls religious school required long skirts. What would it be like to wear jeans? To date an actual boy? Despite my exposure to pop culture, I was sheltered. I had a monster crush on the singer Ricky Nelson, who I did not realize was dead. I had no clue about sex. I conjured a ruddy-cheeked Australian boy I imagined would move in next door, eventually appearing at my window to take me away from all this.

You might not infer any of this from meeting me now. I’m queer, nonbinary, politically far left, lusty about life’s pleasures and effusively irreverent. I live with my cats and my non-Jewish partner. I eat treyf and go Saturday road-tripping to my heart’s content. “I’m ex-Orthodox,” I often say, gaily.

And while technically accurate, “ex-Orthodox” has a scandalous ring to it. It implies wholesale rejection. Escape can be necessary for people leaving much stricter folds of Orthodoxy, but it wasn’t for me. At a fundamental level, I knew I didn’t need to fear familial rejection, even for choosing to part ways with strict Jewish observance. Because I didn’t need to cut any ties, the “ex” in “ex-Orthodox” is simply an additive layer, just beneath my present. An integration, not a disavowal.

Even though I am no longer observant, my religious upbringing is still essential to me. I love ancient Jewish texts and Orthodox deep cuts, that hyperspecific trivia coded for those who share my background. I’m still close with my Orthodox family. As my sister once put it, “You eat treyf, but you’re tight with God.”

She was right.

Fragmentation is central not only to the experience of a shifting relationship with faith but also to queer experience. For some of us, queer life is split in two — a before and a since. Likewise, for some of us who grew up steeped in faith, when there comes an opportunity to test the bounds of our inherited doctrine, we take it, knowing we might never return to the life we once lived. We wonder whether God, in the form of lightning, will strike. More often, I suspect, we simply step over a threshold into some vast unknown.

In truth, in any kind of life, the math is often less binary than “before” and “since”; far more of us have lived many lives, some so disparate as to feel irreconcilable. The desire for wholeness feels at odds with lives that can sometimes feel multiple and contradictory rather than cumulative. How do you integrate, then? Is there space for a whole past, or several, to coexist with so divergent a present?

I, for one, am crowded. Parts of me jostle noisily around. Mostly, the parts of me exist peacefully together. Sometimes, though, I feel disjointed, disconnected.

Jewish holidays with my parents and siblings are beautiful, all festive dishes and rambunctious singing. But the rules remain as strict as they were in my childhood. No driving, no spending money, no electronics. Many blessings. Many rituals. These rules feel somehow alien to me now, even as the beauty and the strictures remain familiar.

Sometimes I host my own holiday gatherings. I’ve hosted queer salons for Shavuot, a holiday dedicated to staying up late studying ancient texts. I’ve hosted queer Rosh Hashana feasts, setting the table with written prompts asking my guests, “What will you try this year? How will you be curious?”

But whereas regularity and consistency are cornerstones of Orthodox Jewish observance, my personal practice these days is haphazard. As much as I love lighting Shabbat candles, in my adult life I rarely remember to do it. I resent my practice. I defend it. I love it. I am a part of it, this half-practice, and it is a part of me.

I still tell anyone who asks that I identify as a religious person, and I feel this truly. I feel it in my insistence that the universe holds more than we can see. I feel it when I’m with a group of people singing and the room grows bigger. I feel it in synchronicities, in the way that, one afternoon, a dear friend and I found ourselves writing about flocks of curlews or in the way a trail I was hiking curved before me in the exact same shape I’d seen in a dream. I feel it when writing fiction feels akin to prayer.

Calling myself religious while living a life unbeholden to Scripture doesn’t make sense, of course. But religious lore made me who I am. Religious observance fueled my neuroses, my obsessions and my imagination. And belief in God has made me, too. God, a relationship I can’t language. God, the ocean. God, a sense of something more. God, the extra inches a room grows when we sing together.

Many of us are composed of lives that shouldn’t exist on the same city block, let alone in the same body. It can seem the only thing to do with years devoted to a life you no longer understand is to grieve them, to experience them only as loss.

But I haven’t lost them. Not that life or the material it was made of. All of the parts that created me are still here. It’s all still here, jostling around, trying to make a cacophonous kind of sense. And sometimes it does make sense. Sometimes the many selves I have been gather with the many selves I hope to be, and it feels less like noise and more like singing. And on the rare occasion when all the parts of me really sing? Without fail, the room around me grows ever so slightly bigger.

Temim Fruchter is the author of the forthcoming novel “City of Laughter.”

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Roberto Firmino 'grateful to God' for Liverpool return

Posted: January 3, 2024 | Last updated: January 3, 2024

Roberto Firmino and Fabinho expressed their delight at returning to Anfield to watch Liverpool's 4-2 mauling of Newcastle United on New Year's Day.

The Brazilians spent a combined 13 years at the Reds, winning the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup and FIFA Club World Cup during their successful stints with the club.

Firmino and Fabinho both left Liverpool in the summer, with the pair joining Saudi Pro League clubs - Fabinho linked up with Karim Benzema at Al Ittihad, and Firmino joined Riyad Mahrez at Al Ahli.

Both players made their first trip back to Anfield since leaving the club this week, watching Liverpool dispatch of Newcastle to go three points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Speaking about the return to Anfield to Liverpool's official website , Firmino stated that it was "emotional" to return to the club.

"I'm very happy to be back here at home, at Liverpool and the stadium as well, Anfield. I'm very grateful to God for bringing me these moments again, to watch the game. Of course I'm not playing but I watch the game and see the boys," said Firmino.

"It's always emotional [to be here], you cannot forget you were here. We had a very good history here at the club that we achieved together and nobody can claim this history, it's already in the history [books]. We are here to support."

Since the pair's departures, Liverpool have been busy in the transfer market in order to revamp their starting lineup. The Reds were particularly busy in the summer window in order to sign replacements for Fabinho at the heart of the midfield, bringing four midfielders through the door in total - Alexis Mac Allister, Ryan Gravenberch, Dominik Szoboszlai and Wataru Endo.

Speaking about said signings, Fabinho admitted that is impressed by their quick integration into the starting XI.

"It's really important for the team that the players that arrived are already playing good football, really integrated to the team," Fabinho said.

"Players like Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Endo are playing really well. It's important because the team lost some really important players. I think they are doing a good job.

"Unfortunately, Thiago is not playing regularly [at the moment] but I'm sure with his experience he is helping these players as well - he talks a lot, he has really good communication.

"The players that arrived here are doing a great job."

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  1. The Importance of Being Grateful to God Every Day

    Having an "attitude of gratitude" is very important. However, it is a mindset; one that like everything else, has to be developed over time. Let's dive in to see why it's important to be grateful, and how we can more grateful to God every day. This post may contain affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here. Post Contents [ hide]

  2. The Gift of Gratitude to God

    7 min read · Nov 8, 2019 3 Photo by Pro Church Media on Unsplash " 'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility,...

  3. Why is giving thanks to God important?

    We can be angry at sin and still be thankful toward God. That is what the Bible calls a "sacrifice of praise" ( Hebrews 13:15 ). Giving thanks to God keeps our hearts in right relationship with Him and saves us from a host of harmful emotions and attitudes that will rob us of the peace God wants us to experience ( Philippians 4:6-7 ...

  4. Essay on Being Thankful To God

    Understanding Gratitude Being thankful to God means showing gratitude. It's about expressing thanks for all the blessings we have. God gives us life, family, friends, and many other things. We should always say "thank you" to God for these gifts. Showing Thankfulness Showing thankfulness to God isn't hard. We can do it in many ways.

  5. Why does giving thanks to God matter?

    For a Christian, giving thanks is a response to the goodness and mercy of God. Additionally, it is a mark of obedience because we are commanded to give thanks. This is because God knows giving thanks is good for our relationship with Him and good for our wellbeing. First Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give ...

  6. Thanking God for Everything

    Yes, God wants that, but that is not His highest plan for you. "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son" (Romans 8:29a). God's plan is to make His children like Christ Jesus. Christ-likeness is maturity. In difficulty, we learn patience. You won't be a mature child of God until you learn patience.

  7. Five Reasons to Express Your Thankfulness to God

    No matter what you're facing, you can express gratitude to God. Amid your praises and thanksgiving, His joy becomes contagious and He lifts you above your problems so that your focus is on Him. Here are five reasons to be thankful to God. God gave you His greatest gift, salvation through relationship with His son (John 3:16).

  8. Grace upon Grace: A grammar of gratitude

    To be—to learn to be—grateful to God entails, therefore, more than gratitude to God as the continuous gracious source of our very existence; it entails as well gratitude that God drew near and offered himself on the cross. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son . . ." (John 3:16 KJV).

  9. Five Ways We Show Thankfulness to God

    Deuteronomy 26:1-10 is a passage that combines five aspects connected to being thankful to God: our salvation and our purpose, our financial giving, the place where we connect, recounting God's faithfulness by giving testimony, and continually living in a place of obedience to God so that we stay in His blessings. 1. The land of our inheritance.

  10. Thankful: Conclusion

    Thankful: Conclusion. Over the last few weeks, we have considered some reasons why we are to be thankful to God. We are to give thanks for His word because it shows us the way of salvation and what we should do to please Him. We are to show gratitude for the blessings that we receive in this life that have been provided to us by God.

  11. Dear God, Thank You For Everything

    Dear God, Thank You For Everything. By Rania Naim Updated April 4, 2021. Brandon Woelfel. "When we have nothing left but God, we discover that God is enough" — Mother Teresa. Thank you for always guiding me in the right direction and for knowing what is best for me more than I do. Thank you for the many times you have forgiven me whenever ...

  12. The Power of Gratitude: 12 Benefits of Giving God Thanks

    1.Gratitude glorifies God. This alone would be reason to give thanks to God. Our gratitude glorifies God as we exalt not the gifts, but the Giver. Gratitude helps us realize all we have comes not because of us, but from God.

  13. How to Show Gratitude to God: 25+ Practical Ways

    Reasons to Show Thankfulness to God Feel Closer to God: When we say thanks, it makes our connection with God stronger. We feel like God is closer to us. Stay Humble: Thanking God reminds us that we depend on God's help. It helps us stay humble, which means not being too proud or thinking we can do everything on our own.

  14. 3 Simple Ways to Be Thankful to God

    Thankfulness to God is Gratitude Appreciation and thankfulness - these are two words that can be closely associated with the word: Gratitude. I just love the definition by Lexico - The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness." Readiness…Yes - this is what it comes down to. What is gratitude?

  15. Letter to God: Thank You For Everything You Have Given Me In Life

    8. You have always provided me peace. When everything around me turn negative, I gain strength thinking about you. Even a two minute of meditation helps me to come out of all the negative emotions and retain my calm. Thank you for keeping me positive and hopeful even in the toughest of situations. 9.

  16. We should thank God every day for our blessings

    The Psalmist David says in Psalm 100:4, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name..." Praise and thanksgiving go hand in...

  17. Gratitude Essay

    500+ Words Essay on Be Grateful During difficult times, it's easy to feel frustrated or drained by life. Negative feelings and thoughts can creep in, which can make it difficult to see the positive things in life. However, one simple practice of gratitude can help to eliminate these feelings.

  18. A Thank You Letter To God

    "Thank you God for all your blessings to me and my family, for the strength you give me each day and for all the people around me who make life more meaningful." -- Unknown Thank you God for creating this beautiful world that I'm blessed to live in every single day. Thank you for creating me in Your likeness.

  19. Essay on Gratitude

    Essay on Gratitude By Team The WisdomPost & Sophia in Gratitude List of Essays on Gratitude for Students and Teachers. Contents #1 Essay on Gratitude Towards Parents #2 Essay on Gratitude towards Teachers #3 Essay on Gratitude Towards Friends #4 Essay on Gratitude towards God #5 Essay on Gratitude Towards School #6 Essay on Gratitude Day

  20. 23 Thankful Bible Verses for Giving Gratitude to God

    Bible Verses About Being Thankful. "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18. "Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!" ~ 1 Chronicles 16:34.

  21. I'm Grateful, God: A Thanksgiving Prayer for Everyone

    I'm Grateful, God: A Thanksgiving Prayer for Everyone I'm grateful, God, for so many things. Now, I know I'm not always the most grateful person you know, God, so let me take some time to tell you what I'm thankful for. By Rev. James Martin, S.J., Contributor Author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage Nov 21, 2012, 02:10 PM EST | Updated Jan 21, 2013

  22. 55 Bible Verses About Gratitude to Inspire Thankfulness

    ( 1 Thessalonians 5:18) "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name." ( Psalm 100:4) "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." ( Philippians 4:6)

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    Mr. Wehner, a senior fellow at the Trinity Forum, is a contributing Opinion writer. He attends McLean Presbyterian Church in McLean, Va. Of all the qualities that the New Testament ascribes to God ...

  24. Essay About Being Grateful: 5 Examples Plus Prompts

    Being grateful makes you count your blessings and makes you feel good. 3. Feel And Express Gratitude by Dr. Hyder Zahed. "For, whatever you genuinely feel grateful for, you will have multiply in your life. Think about it, if you gave a gift to another and that person told you, 'I am so grateful for the gift.

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    This transgressive experiment was inspired by a friend who had grown up Orthodox, as I had, but was no longer and had simply begun trying on small heresies. "Once," my friend said, "I turned ...

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  28. Roberto Firmino 'grateful to God' for Liverpool return

    Roberto Firmino and Fabinho expressed their delight at returning to Anfield to watch Liverpool's 4-2 mauling of Newcastle United on New Year's Day. The Brazilians spent a combined 13 years at the ...