Every breath you breathe will be filled with thankfulness when you realise Jesus Christ is your blesser, giver, and healer—Charlie T. Joanes
How often do we utter the word thanks? People don't remember to thank for the good things in life. Thanking is the most beautiful flower that arises in one's soul and the receiver's heart is penetrated by its fragrance. How many times in a day do we remember to say thank you to God? We all call out to God in times of adversity and misery. But so many good things happen every moment in our lives and we rarely acknowledge it to God by thanking him. If we come to the stage where we thank God for every single event that happens--no doubt we will witness wonderful miracles happening in our lives.
There was a bird who lived in a desert, very sick, no feathers, nothing to eat and drink, no shelter to live in. One day a dove was passing by, so the sick unhappy bird stopped the dove and inquired "where are you going?" It replied "I am going to heaven". So the sick bird said "please find out for me, when my suffering will come to an end?" The dove said, "sure, I will." and bid a goodbye to the sick bird. The dove reached heaven and shared the message of the sick bird with the angel incharge at the entrance gate.
The angel said, "For the next seven years of its life the bird has to suffer like this, no happiness till then." The dove said, "When the sick bird hears this he will get disheartened. Could you suggest any solution for this." The Angel replied, "Tell him to recite this verse "THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING". The dove on meeting the sick bird again, delivered the message of the angel to it .
After seven days the dove was again passing by and saw that bird was very happy, feathers grew on his body, a small plant grew up in the desert area, a small pond of water was also there, the bird was singing and dancing cheerfully. The dove was astonished. The Angel had said that there would be no happiness for the bird for the next seven years. With this question in mind the dove went to visit the angel at heaven's gate. The dove put forth his query to the Angel. The Angel replied, "yes it is true there was no happiness for the bird for seven years but because the bird was reciting the verse "THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING" in every situation, his life changed.
When the bird fell down on the hot sand it said "THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING". When it could not fly it said, "THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING". When it was thirsty and there was no water around, it said, "THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING". Whatever the situation, the bird kept on repeating, "THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING" and therefore the seven years got dissolved in seven days.
When I heard this story, I felt a tremendous shift in my way of feeling, thinking, accepting and viewing life. I adopted this verse in my life. Whatever the situation I faced I started reciting this verse "THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING". It helped me to shift my view from what I did not have to what I have in my life. For instance; if my head aches I THANK GOD that the rest of my body is completely fine and healthy and I notice that the headache does not bother me at all. In the same manner I started using this verse in my relationships (whether family, friends, neighbours, colleagues ) finances, social life, business and everything with which I can relate. I shared this story with everyone I came in touch with and it brought a great shift in their behaviour too. This simple verse really had a deep impact on my life, I started feeling how blessed I am, how happy I am, how good my life is.
The purpose of sharing this message is to make all of us aware of how powerful the “ Attitude of Gratitude” is. It can reshape our lives. Lets recite this verse continuously to experience the shift in our life. So be grateful, and see the change in your attitude. Be humble, and you will never stumble. Remember! Thank you God for everything!"
We have so much to be grateful for in this life each and every day. Sometimes it really is a sacrifice to offer praise and thanks. We may not feel like it. We’re struggling. We're weary. Or maybe, we feel like He let us down. We think God seems distant, like he's far away, or doesn't really care about what's troubling us. Painful life blows and losses might have recently sent us spiraling. But here’s what can make a lasting difference. We have a choice, every day, to give him thanks. And with a heart of thanksgiving, we realize that no matter what we face, God doesn’t just work to change our situations and help us through our problems. He does more. He changes our hearts. His power, through hearts of gratitude and focused minds on Him, releases the grip our struggles have over us. We're strengthened by His peace, refueled by His joy. God's Word is filled with many reminders of how powerful and vital a thankful heart can be in this world.
Let the giving of thanks be your sacrifice to God—(Psalms 50:14)
The Power of a Grateful Heart, Severn Things It Can Do:
1. It gets our eyes off ourselves, and helps us to focus back on God.
2. It reminds us we're not in control, but that we serve a Mighty God who is. It keeps us in a place of humility and dependency on Him, as we recognize how much we need Him.
3. It helps us to recognize we have so much to be thankful for, even all of the little things, which often we may forget to thank Him for...but they really are the biggest, most important things in this life. It takes our attention off of our problems and helps us instead to reflect on, to remember, the goodness of His many blessings.
4. It reminds us that God is the Giver of all good gifts. We were never intended to be fully self-sufficient in this life. A grateful heart reminds us that ultimately God is our Provider, that all blessings and gifts are graciously given to us by His hand.
5. A heart of gratitude leaves no room for complaining. For it is impossible to be truly thankful and filled with negativity and ungratefulness at the same time.
6. It makes the enemy flee. The forces of darkness can't stand to be around hearts that give thanks and honor to God. Our praise and thanksgiving will make them flee.
7. It opens up the door for continued blessings. It invites His presence. Our spirits are refreshed and renewed in Him. God loves to give good gifts to His children. He delights in our thankfulness and pours out His Spirit and favor over those who give honor and gratitude to Him. – (Source: Debbie McDaniel is a writer, Fresh Day Ahead's facebook page)
One day a Sufi Master returned home late and he was very hungry, so he asked for food. The disciple who was taking care of him said, "Master, there is nothing in the house, and I had no money so I could not purchase anything." The Master said nothing. He simply sat there, prayed to God and thanked him. The disciple could not believe what he was doing, why he was thanking God. That was his master's usual habit to thank God after he had eaten, but today he had not eaten and he was still hungry yet he thanked God! So the disciple asked, "For what are you thanking God?" The Master said, I am thanking him that at least I have a good appetite! Food will be coming tomorrow. Think of those people who have food and no appetite. Am I not more fortunate than them?"
Why we give thanks to the Lord? The Bible says:
Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good, and his love is eternal. (Psalms 118:29).
I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.(Psalms 9:1).
I thank the Lord for his justice, I sing praises to the Lord, the Most High. (Psalms 7:17).
Keep your roots deep in him, build your lives on him, and become stronger in your faith, as you were taught. And be filled with thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:7)
Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God. (Colossians 4:2).
Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. (Philip 4:6).
Be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.” (Revelation. 11:17)
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues. (Cicero); The greatest saint in the world is not he who prays most or fasts most; it is not he who gives alms, or is most eminent of temperance, chastity, or justice. It is he who is most thankful to God, and who has a heart always ready to praise Him.(William Law). Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honour and praise for His goodness. (James R. Miler). God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart. (Izaak Walton)
Let us thank God for his priceless gift. (2 Corinthians 9:15). //
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