Do you ever just find yourself in a grumpy mood? Sometimes I can’t put my finger on the exact cause…maybe just a mix of rollercoaster hormones, a messy house, a long to-do list, and plain ole’ exhaustion…but I let all these things contribute to my bad mood and it makes it hard to appreciate the good things in life sometimes! And when we don’t appreciate the good things, we focus on the bad. I think the only cure for this is gratitude. It turns what we have, into enough. Most of us agree with the idea that everything good comes from God. But do our words and attitudes agree with it?
Contentment and gratitude aren’t identical, but they could be sisters. Contentment is the beginning (and crucial!) to having a grateful perspective. A grateful perspective realizes that God gives us all the good we have, gives him praise for it, and then believe His goodness is enough…it’s an attitude of gratitude 😉
God brought me too far and given me too many good gifts to let an ungrateful heart rule my attitudes and actions. Thanksgiving is near—a time when we celebrate gratitude, but I don’t want it to be limited to a season. I want to make gratitude a habit every single day of the year. How do I do that? By grounding myself in God’s Word! So today I’m sharing 5 Bible verses that encourage thankfulness.
Proverbs 17:22: A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
*This verse tells me my outlook on life not only impacts my mind, it also impacts my body. By choosing gratitude, I allow God to fill me with healing and strength.
Psalm 111:2: How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them.
*This verse tells me gratitude comes when I choose to think about and study the great things God has done. It isn’t a passive action; it’s an intentional choice.
Jeremiah 30:19: There will be joy and songs of thanksgiving, and I will multiply my people, not diminish them; I will honor them, not despise them.
*This verse tells me that God multiplies my efforts and honors the work of my hands. When I reflect on where I’ve been and where I am now, I can’t help but be filled with joy and thanksgiving.
Psalm 13:5: But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
*This verse tells me that gratitude and trust are linked. When I trust God and acknowledge the ways He has rescued me, I can’t help but be thankful.
I Chronicles 16:34: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
This verse tells me that I serve a God who is good and loving. Because His love endures until the end of time, I’ll never run out of reasons to be grateful.
Whether you’re feeling grumpy or grateful today, I hope these words inspire you to look to God and thank Him for all of your good gifts.