“Growing Gratitude”

“For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever”                                                                                                                                                                                                 Roman 11: 36

Would you like to cultivate a greater sense of gratitude?

The Bible declares Christ Jesus as the source of all blessing in Romans 11:36, “For from him and through him and for him are all things.” “All things” encompasses both the extravagant and the mundane, everyday gifts in our lives. Everything we receive in life comes directly from our heavenly Father (James 1:17), and He willingly gives us those gifts out of His love for us.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows”.                                                                                                                                                                                  James 1:17


To expand my awareness of God’s blessings in our life, We have to learn to cultivate a heart that acknowledges the source of all the joys we experience each day, but especially the ones we often take for granted.

Today those included a crisp morning to run, the anticipation of an evening with friends, a stocked pantry so I could make French toast with my daughters, the beauty of the world outside my window, and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee.

What is the “so much” that God has already given to you?

Opening our eyes to those blessings will help us to develop grateful hearts.

Take a few minutes to thank God for what comes to your mind right now. Try to do that throughout the day as well.

Heavenly Father, I confess my Gratitude Quotient is not what it should be. Please forgive me for my hardened heart and blinded eyes. Please cultivate in me a grateful heart that eagerly praises You for every blessing. I choose to thank You now for all You will do!

Lord Jesus, You are the source of light and life and all joy—show me who You are and open my eyes to see You rightly. Overwhelm my heart with Your power, goodness, love, and glory, that my heart would default to praising You in every moment. Thank You!

“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”—Ephesians 5:20

When you think of all that’s good, thank God.


Source: ODB, Revive our Hearts


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