How to Harness the Power of Gratitude: Your Key to Spiritual Prosperity and Joy
by Minister Marlene Taylor
(New York, USA)
The Joy of Always Being Grateful
Gratitude for present blessings is a major key to living a satisfying life. Being thankful for blessings already given by God, sweetens your thought life. Your mind can either flourish like a garden, or it can become a field of weeds.
Thoughts are like magnets. One negative thought can attract a whole train of negative thoughts. Before you know it, your thought life derails, and your experiencing a train wreck of negative thinking. Gratitude and thankfulness for blessings you have now,will keep your thoughts and moods stable.
You Have the Power to Control Your Thoughts
God has given you your thoughts as a gift. You have the power to direct your thoughts as you will, and as you like. Why lament over what you don't have? Why not focus on the prosperous life you live today? Prosperity is not just about money. Spiritual prosperity is far richer than what mere money can buy. Suppose you had all the money in the world? Do you think you'd be happy? No, all the money and financial blessings in the world won't grace you with happiness. No matter your situation, you can choose what you will focus your mind on.
What is the Key to Happiness?
The key to happiness and heavenly living is love. God's love prompts healthy self-love. Loving yourself and loving your neighbor is a most important commandment. From love, gratitude flows like a river. We realize just how much God loves us for he sent Jesus Christ. Our mind bubbles over with grateful thoughts, as we recall the priceless pearls called salvation. In order to experience a heaven on earth, we should strive to continually remember all that God has blessed us with. No matter what, we always have something to be grateful for.
We have so many blessing that Spark Gratitude
My dear reader, we have so many blessings in our lives. We have a wealth of blessings that we can express gratitude for. The fact that you and I woke up this morning is a tremendous blessing. Money can't buy a life. The things that mean the most don't carry a price tag. If you are troubled or worried about anything today, always remember the great gift of life, and that tomorrow is a new day and a new start.
God will Never Leave You
Nevertheless, God is faithful, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Whatever storm you are experiencing, God is there with you, and shall never leave you alone. God's promise to be with you, was spoken in divine love and for your comfort. We are God's beloved children through Christ.
Let's look at Deuteronomy 31:16...
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Wow! Consider this scripture
and meditate on it. If ever there was a reason to live in gratitude, here it is. God is always with us. God never leaves us. We are the apple of his eye. Whatever your " THEM " is, be not afraid for God tells us not to be afraid of " THEM ".
Maybe your personal " them " is financial trouble. Maybe your personal " them " is family discord or broken relationships. Yet, God knows all about it, he will never leave your side, and you can rest assured. Why can you rest assured and find peace? You can rest assured because God is in the business of restoration. All will be well!
While you Wait on the Lord Practice Gratitude
Gratitude for present blessings is a major key to living a heavenly life. Gratitude illuminates the good and increases your present joys. Sometimes it may not be easy to focus on your blessings. But I have a wonderful tool you can use to help yourself connect with your blessings and find peace with any situation.
I found a very special writing exercise from a book of journal writing prompts. You may be familiar with it. It's called " The Gratitude List of 100 ". In this writing exercise, your joyful task is to list 100 things that spark gratitude in you.
Perhaps you think you can't come up with 100 things you feel gratitude for. If this is the case, write 10, then increase to 20 and so on. When you really get going you'll be able to come up with a ton of blessings from God that are yours right NOW!
I'd like to start you off by sharing parts of my own list. I can truly say, that if you write this list your own joy and peace will increase today.
Here's a sample of my personal gratitude list:
1. I'm so grateful to you Lord God for waking me up to see a new day.
2. Thank you Lord for the sunshine so bright
3. Lord I thank you for your tender mercy and forgiving nature.
4. Thank you Lord for my children who bring me so much joy.
5. Thank you Lord for giving me the gift of time
6. Thank you Lord for giving me the opportunity to help others
7. Thank you Lord God for your son Jesus Christ whose love is eternal
8. Thank you Lord God for good friends
9. Thank you Lord for allowing me to write this article for our readers at the Hem.
10. Thank you Lord for this website and all the wonderful lessons presented here.
What about You?
Can you share some of the things you are grateful for below? What particular blessings from God fill YOU with gratitude? Would you bless us by allowing us to peek at your gratitude list?