Grateful Living

As I sit here in the peace and quiet I am watching the winter sun stream through the sheer curtains into the lounge room. Reflecting on life I have so much to be grateful for.

I find once I start thinking of things the list tends to go on and on and on. It can be big things like family and friends, a job, a house, or right down to the smaller things like a cup of coffee, walks by the lake, sunsets, rain and a warm bed.

Practising gratefulness is one of the best ways to improve your mental health. If your mind is programmed to see the negative in every situation, start looking for things to be thankful for.

I have started the practice of journaling things to be grateful for. It is nice to see the list growing in front of my eyes and reading back over it. If find this is a way of programming my mind to see the best in every situation. Pretty soon when I am out and about walking around I’ll start thinking of positive things to be grateful for instead of things to worry about.

Often we wonder what God’s will for us in our lives, an answer to this can be found in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

There it is, thankfulness is part of God’s will for us. God loves pouring out his blessings and I think a grateful heart is a magnet for the blessings of God. It also helps our inner wellbeing and brings us into a more positive frame of mind about life.

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