Growing in Gratitude

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
—1 Thessalonians 5:18

Saying “thank you” is one of the earliest lessons we try to teach our children. Expressing gratitude for a gift is essential to experiencing the generosity of the giver. A reply of thanks can be prompted with asking “What do you say”? But rejoicing in thankfulness is a product of appreciating Who is giving.

We long to do and be in God’s will. It’s learning to say “thank you” in and for every circumstance in life.

Being thankful opens our heart to the provision, promises and presence of God. He will always care for us, He is always true to His word, and He will never leave us.

Too often we want to analyze the why instead of appreciating the Who. We can thank Him because we can trust Him.

Staying thankful maximizes my awareness of tremendous blessings and minimizes the attacks of trials and burdens. Gratitude opens the door of rejoicing and closes the door of regret.

Today, I want to see how many times I can thank God . . . for Who He is, for how He cares for me and for what He does for me.

In everything, give thanks.

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