Friday, July 28, 2017

Gratefully, Yours

It's not new. Maybe you first heard about it from Oprah. But it's actually been in your Bible all along.

Being grateful. Giving thanks. GRATITUDE, BABY!

So, what's so great about gratitude?

There are numerous studies on the benefits of gratitude. You could spend hours reading all the articles!

My bottom line take on it is this: 

Being grateful in my life may not change my life but it changes me and, in effect, that changes my life!

 A scripture I memorized years ago is Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV). 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Giving thanks is the expression of gratitude for benefits received. One way to do this is to keep a gratitude journal. But I'll be honest - I've never been good at keeping a gratitude journal or even a list for more than a few days. I'm kind of lousy at journaling. It's a task that does not come easily to me unlike my habit of drinking coffee in the morning! But I've decided a daily notation of gratitude is important to me. I just need a way that works with my personality and my dailies - those things I do on a regular basis as a matter of habitual practice - like morning coffee! 

What works for me may not work for you but here's what I'm going to do. My planner has lovely little boxes for each day of the month. I'm going to couple my morning coffee with writing at least one thing that I'm grateful for in the daily box. Today I wrote three.

I figure if I combine a new thing with an old thing, I'm more likely to be successful in the new thing. Because, seriously, I never miss morning coffee. Skipping it would make me pretty grouchy and nobody wants to spend time with Mrs. Grouchy! That brings me to this - grouchiness stems from a bad attitude and battitudes are catchy. But so are great attitudes! 

I'm convinced the way to have a great attitude is to express gratitude! 

Wanna join me in having a great attitude through GRATITUDE? Starting today through the month of August, I'm going to make this one change in my morning routine. But I'll give myself grace, too, and if I slip up, I'll start over. After all, if the good things of God are are new each morning (mercy, faithfulness, grace), I'm going to receive those - with gratitude! 

Gratefully Yours,  


  1. I'm glad NBA join you. My attitude has been hot and cold lately so this will help keep me in check. xo

  2. I didn't type that first sentence. 🙄

  3. Hi Cathy! I'm glad you're joining in! I'll think of you in the morning when I sit with my coffee and my planner!

  4. Great idea about the little box in the daily planner! I will join you in August!

    1. I'm so glad you're joining in, Ginny!

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    1. Terrific! I really need this to become a life long habit!