The Multiple Gifts of Gratitude

I wanted to share an article from “Abundant Gifts” which gives multiple quotes on “Gratitude”.  It suggests journaling our appreciation for the daily gifts in our life that will eventually change our perspective.

“Science has discovered many benefits of gratitude. If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” — Rabbi Harold Kushner

“I am often surprised when I think to count my graces, for the more I count, the more there seem to be.  And if pride in my accomplishments is the emotion that I naturally feel when I focus on my gifts, gratitude is the emotion I feel as I become aware of the many graces that have shaped me and my gifts.” — Susan Wittig Albert

“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” — Karl Barth

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” — Brian Tracy

“Just as millions of snowflakes pile up to create a blanket of snow, the ‘thank you’s’ we say pile up and fall gently upon one another until, in our hearts and minds, we are adrift in gratitude.” — Daphne Rose Kingman

“Gratitude is the heart’s memory.” — French Proverb

“Gratitude is the lens that sharpens our ability to see the gifts and the graces of our lives as more real than the material world to which we are often tethered.  Gratitude energizes us for living more fully in the middle of the life we have been given as we become more practiced as finding God there.” — Ruth Barton

“True thanksgiving means that we need to thank God for what He has done for us, and not to tell Him what we have done for Him.” — George R. Hendrick

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength.  Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living.  If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself” –Tecumseh

Journal Your Gifts Each Day

Journal Your Gifts Each Day

“God is inclined to bestow blessedness, and He takes holy pleasure in the happiness of His people.” — A.W. Tozer

“Taste and see the Lord is good…” –Psalm 34:8  Do you ever long to see or feel the personal love of God?  When your life appears to become unraveled around the edges, write your blessings down in a daily journal.  Take a few minutes each day to list “gifts” received that day.  Jot down anything you felt was a blessing that day.  Perhaps it was an encouraging word or a prayer answered in your life or for others.  When we journal our thankfulness for gifts it changes our life’s perspective.

“Once you begin to look for God’s gift, His tokens of that generous spirit that loves to bless His beloved children, you will begin to feel loved unconditionally.”

This article was taken from www.abundant-gifts.com/benefits_of_gratitude.html 9/1/2012

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