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 . . .
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.