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Thankful for the Big and the Small

For Thanksgiving, my friend gave each family member 100 index cards to write down six things each day they are grateful for and, at the end of 100 days, receive $100. I asked if I could participate and was amazed at what this simple daily act can do. Thankfulness begins to shift and reshape our mindset and adopt a more positive attitude.

What are you most thankful for? Sometimes it is hard to be thankful when life gets hard. It’s easy to dwell on what we think is missing instead of what we have.

Joy is not just in the big things but also in the small. Finding gratitude in every season helps me through the rough spots in life. Focusing on the good in life stops me from being undone by the bad.

God is always looking after our best interests and knows that life will be easier if we are thankful in all things. 1 Thessalonians 5: 16 -18 says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

I love the honesty of the scriptures. It doesn’t tell us to be thankful for the bad stuff but to remain thankful through it. With God, there is always something to be thankful for.

Thankfulness is a powerful means of drawing near to God. We become more aware of His presence instead of taking His blessings for granted. We experience His loving kindness and know God is with us, guiding us through life’s challenges.

Even in our darkest moments, if we can find things to be grateful for, it elevates our mood and increases our faith.

Thankfulness redirects us to higher thinking and brings the gift of contentment.



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