The power in gratitude.

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A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles

For the longest time I asked myself what I did wrong. Where I went wrong. What I should have done differently. What I should have said differently. Who I should have or shouldn’t have met, dated or let into my life. I questioned everything and wondered if I had done one thing differently, maybe my life would have been different, better, safer, with less turmoil and drama. Maybe but we’ll never really know so why do I keep focusing on that? And through my months or even years of reflection, it all became clear to me: Gratitude.

The power is in your response.

What is your response when things happen to you? What do you do in the midst of complications, miscommunications, setbacks, relationship problems, family problems? Do you complain or give thanks? Are you grateful for the things you can’t see working out for you or you’re so busy looking at all the things not working in your favor? Do you focus so much on the things you’ve lost, the time wasted, the things you’ve done that you neglect your response to the situations? When you focus on what went wrong and all that stuff, you tend to shift your gaze on the negatives and truth be told, the universe repays you with the same energy with which you react to a situation. If all you do is complain, you minimize the lessons that situation should have taught you and you find yourself repeating the same mistakes. When you focus on what should have happened instead of what God has done for you and is still doing, seen or unseen, you neglect his work in your life.
Psalms 34:1-2
I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord ; let the humble hear and be glad.

This verse says it all. You will bless the Lord at ALL times. Not just when things are going your way. Even when you are heartbroken, praise him. Even when you just lost your job, praise Him. Even through hurt and pain, praise Him. When you do so, you’re letting God know you trust Him and you know He is in control. You’re shifting your eyes from what is happening to “God thank you for your will in my life. I praise and bless you because you know what’s best for me. I trust and believe in you“.

If God doesn’t change a situation , then He is using the situation to change you.

Thank God not just for what He has done for you but for what He has protected you from. Thank Him for the things you can’t see. For all the times He kept You, protected You, forgave You. Thank Him for the lessons, the tribulations because what seems lost or taken will be restored ten fold. Thank God always.

I have seen my life change drastically. I have peace of mind knowing someone is fighting my battles for me. I don’t have to worry because I know all things are working for my good. Even when I feel down and out of place, i have to remember how far i have come. I have grown a lot and I keep growing and I can’t overlook that.

Just remember that sometimes the primary ingredient for you growth could be the most foul part of you. Sometimes the crap you are going through is the fertilizer for your growth that God wants to see in your life. Maybe if life was softer on you or you had things done your way, you wouldn’t have learned what you learned or be where you are now. Things are exactly the way they are supposed to be. So have the proper response. Stop worrying about the things happening around or to you. Focus on your response. They are happening for you. Practice gratitude. Believe all things work for your good; be it good or bad. God is always in control. Stop being your own enemy. Get out of your feelings. Stop doubting. Be a fighter and let your faith stand tall. God’s got you.
Everything God does is right— the trademark on all his works is love. God ’s there, listening for all who pray, for all who pray and mean it. He does what’s best for those who fear him— hears them call out, and saves them.
Psalms 145:17-19

Have a blessed day and weekend.

Sammy J.

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3 thoughts on “The power in gratitude.

  1. Since the year began I’ve been learning to let go and let God. To trust God even when I don’t understand what’s going on or why it’s happening to me. I tell you I have never been more at peace. Complaining never did that for me. Great post Sammy! I totally relate.

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