Having an attitude-of-gratitude is your path to emotional health. Gratitude defeats depression and is manifested by a sense of wellbeing and thankfulness despite adversity. It enables us to face and handle the inevitable challenges of life.
Giving thanks to God with a joyful heart is an attitude-of-gratitude and is a very powerful force in your life. It is a self-directed activity. You have to choose to be joyful.
Not too long ago I was facing surgery to replace the aortic valve in my heart. It was frightening because every breath was a struggle. One of the blessings of being thankful to God is that He keeps you in perfect peace if you focus on Him (Isa 26:3). I trust in a loving God, have a supportive family and a great surgeon. I am very grateful for all three.
You become what you think about. Remember the "Serenity Prayer" and accept the things that you can't change. Be thankful for what you have. A positive outlook can have a significant impact on your emotions and physical well-being. Focus on the good things in your life and be grateful for them like being able to draw two deep breaths in a row without struggling.
Give thanks to God for all you have and for those who have been kind and supportive through the storms in your life. Do you have a warm house to live in? Do you have clothes to wear and food to eat. Give thanks to almighty God and reach out to those less fortunate. It is hard to be envious, hateful, angry, stressed out or resentful if you have an attitude-of-gratitude and express it in joyful thanksgiving.
Scripture tells us to 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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phi,4:6-7). Honor God with praise and thanksgiving for His grace in our lives.
The phrase “sacrifice of praise” occurs three times in the Bible --- twice in Jeremiah (17:26 and 33:11), and once in Hebrews 13:15, which says: “Let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” When you praise Him though you don’t feel like it, and when you rejoice in your heart despite the hardships you are facing, you are honoring Him. Every moment is a moment of grace in our lives, and every day is the right time to praise Him.
Develop your attitude-of-gratitude with daily prayer of praise and thanksgiving the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. When you say "thank you," your loving God will be receptive and we can say with Paul the Apostle, that we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
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