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
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