Expressions of Gratitude

Do you express your gratitude readily? It’s so healthy. I read somewhere that you cannot be afraid and grateful at the same time. You can be one or the other. That’s great news because it means the next time we are fearful we can use gratitude to obliterate scary feelings and thoughts. That’s huge.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.—Philippians 4:6–7

Developing a habit of gratitude seems well worth our time, and handwritten notes seem like an honorable effort. You might consider beginning with written prayers telling God what you are grateful for . . .

Dear God . . . this morning I woke with the warmth of the sun on my pillow and the sound of a single sparrow singing about the new day. Thank you. I know life is a gift. And I recognize you are the Gift Giver. Forgive me when I dash off into my hours and forget to acknowledge all you do. Your unfailing mercies, your lit path, your counsel, your companionship, and your daily provisions do not go unnoticed. Thank you.

And then once you get the rhythm, spread the thank-yous . . .

Dear Friend,

I’m not sure how long it has been since I have told you how much you mean to me, so I’m sure it’s time. I know God had our paths cross so I might experience more of his kindness through you. Your quiet ways remind me often of my need to not be so dramabound. Your quick smile reminds me of what little effort it takes to brighten someone’s day. And your patience with me stirs my need to extend that to others. So thank you, thank you.

It doesn’t have to be long, as in forty-five thousand words—just a note will do. I have chalkboards throughout our home where I post notes of congratulations, welcome, and appreciation. Find ways to acknowledge others and observe the power of thank-you.

From Twirl Copyright © 2013 by Patsy Clairmont (Thomas Nelson) Used with permission. All rights reserved.

2017-10-10T00:10:31+00:00

6 Comments

  1. Coral Hahn October 26, 2017 at 1:26 am - Reply

    Thank you Patsy. There are so many ungrateful hearts in California culture. I am praying a change.

  2. ROB October 26, 2017 at 5:13 am - Reply

    Thanks for the devotions.GOD bless you all.Rob.

  3. Lynette Williamson October 26, 2017 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Women of Faith.
    You have uplifted me on more than one occasion and I am grateful.
    You have turned my heart to God when I’m short-tempered, angry, hurt, lost and alone – Thank you.

    May God richly bless you all for all the wonderful work you do!

    Many blessings, Lynette Williamson

  4. L.Nicole Stuart October 26, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    This is very encouraging. JESUS was showing me how I was ungrateful to HIM because my flesh couldn’t have it’s way. I prayed a prayer years ago, for the LORD to keep me, when I want to be and don’t want to be kept. I was in this particular situation, I ignored the red flags and was trying to convince myself that it was GOD’s will for my life and it wasn’t. I did pray sincerely, LORD let your will be done. When it didn’t go my way, I had the NERVE to be mad with GOD, when HE was spared me from a world of hurt, bitterness, and chaos. I can truly say, that when HE showed me how UNGRATEFUL I was to HIM, I felt like dirt and I should’ve. JESUS truly shows us such lovingkindness and tendnermercies, even when we DON’T deserve it! THANK YOU JESUS for your continuous grace, because I’m NOT worthy of it!

  5. Nancy Kintner October 28, 2017 at 12:55 am - Reply

    My personal saying is: “When your heart is filled with gratitude, there is no place for attitude.”

  6. Tolulope November 10, 2017 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Many thank for this.

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