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POWER OF GRATITUDE (Part 2)- Some Ways to Practice Gratitude

  • Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.
  • Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures.
  • Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine.
  • Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.
  • When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.
  • Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, and express thanks for gratitude.

As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work.

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THE POWER OF GRATITUDE

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.

But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.

There are many things to be grateful for: colorful autumn leaves, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, fresh eggs, warm jackets, tomatoes, the ability to read, roses, our health, butterflies. What’s on your list?

 

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WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?

If all you had to do was wish for something and you would have it, life would be pretty boring, wouldn’t it? God placed barriers between us and what we want, so we can enjoy interesting and satisfying lives. God hid our biggest rewards behind the highest barriers – our deepest fears. God wants us to face our fears, and hold ground in their presence, and let them go, and that’s how we get out biggest rewards. What are you most afraid of? Say it, just start by saying it.

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2012 in Change, Listen, Love, Roadblocks

 

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LISTEN: Is God talking?

Have you ever been with someone that just seems to have the personality that just does not match you. Maybe your quiet and they are loud. Just image how Jesus feels sometimes. We walk through life everyday sometimes we are so busy or it is so loud that we can’t hear the voice of God. Have you ever been there before? Go ahead raise your hand, no one will see. Sometimes God just needs us to be quiet in him. I believe when this happens God is able to talk. Just be sure to listen.

Psalm 37:7 Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.

 

 

 
 

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LOVE: Are you walking in it?

Have you ever found yourself, not able to walk in love? I know that I have been there before. It was as though my heart had turned cold to certain things or people. One day I was watching the news and something happened, I can’t really remember what it was that happened, but what came out of my mouth wasn’t love. God said to me, Sherry where is the love of God that is supposed to be flowing out of your heart. I have to be honest, I was lost at words. I begin to pray that God would help me.

Sometimes it isn’t easy to love people. You know Jesus loved the unlovable and we are supposed to love the loveable and unlovable. 1 Thessalonians 4:9 (MSG) Regarding life together and getting along with each other, you don’t need me to tell you what to do. You’re God-taught in these matters. Just love one another! I know one time I told God, that I just need you to love them through me, next thing you know I was walking in love with that person. I believe that love is an action first and then it becomes a feeling.

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2012 in Love

 

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