God and Gratitude

Something that helps me tremendously when it comes to having a grateful heart is when I am consistent with spending time with God. If we start our mornings with the Lord, this will help set the tone for the day. When we read our Bibles and pray first thing, this truly helps start each day off on the right foot.

Spending time with God is powerful. There is power in His Holy Word, the Bible. And there
Is power in prayer. Any time spent with God helps usher in His supernatural power.

I have at times heard people complain that God has forgotten about them or doesn’t listen to them. But some of these same people don’t bother giving God any of their time until they want something from Him.

When we truly care about someone, we make an effort to strengthen that relationship. When we love something, we make it a priority in our lives. And so it should be with the Lord. We should treasure our time with Him. He shouldn’t neglect it or abuse it.

Our minds are going to be filled with something. We can decide what we will fill it with. If we don’t fill it with things of God, then it will be filled with things of the world. Thoughts of this world lead to complaining and dishonesty. Thoughts of God lead to gratitude and truth.

The more time we spend with God, the better we feel. We have more peace, joy, and gratitude in our hearts.

This is because when we spend time with the Lord, we are building a beautiful relationship. When we build that relationship, we are building our trust. And when we build our trust, we know that God is always there for us and we have nothing to fear. This, in turn, helps us to have more gratitude for all that the Lord has done for us.

On the other hand, the more grateful we are for all the blessing in our lives, the more trust we have in God because we see just how much He truly does care for us. When we take note of the gifts He bestows upon us, our hearts find an unexplainable peace.

So you see, God and gratitude go hand in hand, creating a comforting circle of love. Trust leads to gratitude and gratitude leads to trust.

If you don’t feel like spending time with God, then pray about it! Ask God to give you a desire for Him. Ask God to help you understand the Bible. Ask God to help you be a prayer warrior.

I pray we all cling to the Lord in these last few months of the year. I pray we all can find a new vision. I pray we all overflow with gratitude, joy, and peace.

Some Bible verses to meditate on:

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105 NKJV

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. – Mark 11:24 NKJV

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he… – Proverbs 23:7a NKJV

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. – Romans 12:2 NKJV

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. – Philippians 4:8 NKJV

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. – Romans 8:5-6 NLT

© 2021 Bridget A. Thomas

21 Comments on “God and Gratitude

  1. So true that the more we spend with God the more gratitude our hearts are filled with. And that circle of trust and gratitude is so right. Time with God- in a day we all have the same amount of time, yes we have different tasks and responsibilities but all that should fit within that same 24 hrs. That 24 hrs is a gift to us and we often fail to acknowledge the one who gave breath to experience that day in the first place. My hope is to be better in how I spend the time he has gifted us.
    Blessings my friend 🤗🌺💙

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    • Manu, I really love what you said here! You made such a good point about the day being a gift from God. It reminded me of tithing. We give God a percentage of our income. (And the truth is that it is all really God’s money anyway, which He has allowed us to steward.) But what if we also approached time in the same way? God gave us this 24 hours. So perhaps we should approach our day looking for ways to give time back to Him? I love thinking of it in that way, and I think it will help us to approach our time with God differently. Thanks so much for sharing your insight. You always give me more to think about and I love that. Blessings to you too, dear friend! 💕🌸

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      • Oh yes, I love thinking of time like tithing. Looking for ways to honour Him with our time just as we do with our finances. Amen sister 🙏🏽

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  2. This was so well written Bridget. You’ve written it with so much love. Your spiritual fruits are shining through my friend. This goes so well with the message Andrew and I listened to on Sunday about the weapons of spiritual warfare. If you want to have a listen here’s that link. Keep up the wonderful work. Blessing to you my wannabe neigbor. It really would be nice to have a neighbor like you. ❤❤❤

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    • Thank you so much for the sweet words, my friend! I will definitely listen to the sermon. Thank you for sharing it. And blessings to you too! I would love to have you as a neighbor too. We would have a lot of fun and fellowship! ❤ I am so glad you are back online. I surely have missed you and our chats!

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  3. Love this!!
    I love how the more time I spend with God, the more I know Him and the more I love Him!! Such an encouragement and a great way to live out His example.❤️

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      • Yes! You are absolutely right! How amazing it is to know that the more time we spend with Him, more love and gratitude and peace will develop in our hearts. This should make us eager for that time with Him. Charles Stanley often says that the time we spend with God is the most important time in our day. It is sad that we forget that when our lives get busy. May we tightly hold onto that time, no matter what we are facing. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, Alicia! I always love hearing from you ♥️

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      • I’d definitely agree with Charles Stanley….it just doesn’t get any better than our time spent with God because He sets our day up for a positive outlook even when things go awry.
        Love you friend!!

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  4. I have found that if I don’t spend time with God I start finding fault in everything! Negative thoughts creep in and my gratitude goes out the window. What a great reminder to spend time with the Lord!! He can always make me feel so much better. A lot of times when I’m praying after a bad day I feel like I’ve had the biggest and warmest hug!

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  5. I agree, spending time with God does change our hearts and our perspective. We are able to be thankful because we see things through His eyes. I have asked him many times to help me spend time with Him and He has. I can always tell when I am slacking off in that area. Time with God is vital. Thanks Bridget! ✝️❤️

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    • Dawn, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. What a wonderful gift we have that we can sit in the presence of the Lord, anytime we want. And how beautiful and amazing it is that when we do, God helps transform us from the inside out. I really appreciate that you pointed out that you have asked God to help you spend time with Him. Our schedules get so busy. But when we come forward with a willing heart, He is always there, faithful and true! What a great God we have. Blessings, Dawn!! ♥️🙌🙏

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