Read the news lately? It's filled with doom and gloom. Wars, poverty and natural calamities. It's easy to get troubled, uncertain and anxious about where we are headed.
Though we do need to do what we can to heal a hurting world, we also need to guard our thoughts so we can be strong to face life's challenges.
One way is to "Think Thanks"!
If you were to have a chart today with one side having "Grateful Thoughts" and on the other side "Complaining Thoughts", what would have the most entries?
It's a fun and worthwhile practice to also journal (every day) and write down all our blessings!
Here are some things to "thank" about so we can be more mindful of our blessings every single day!
Think Thanks and Act!
Thinking grateful thoughts lead to doing grateful deeds. Doing grateful deeds leads to being a blessing for others and ultimately blessing you.
A young boy was the apple of his father's eyes. He was extremely blessed and had everything going his way. But others were jealous of him so they turned things around and in a moment, all the favor and abundance turned into bondage and oppression.
This is the story of Joseph the Dreamer and his story speaks volumes about how having a grateful heart consistently acts in the right way.
Joseph was sold into slavery by his envious brothers and was exiled into Egypt. Despite falling into hard times, Joseph stuck to being grateful. He kept doing good even when he was being dealt a bad hand in life.
But if you know the end of the story, we could see that his righteous actions landed him into the most powerful position in the land (second to the Pharoah).
Here's what Joseph's grateful heart said to his brothers "You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people." Read Joseph's story, Genesis 37
Think Thanks in the Midst of Trouble
A newly married couple was so excited to hear news of their coming child. They shared the news with friends and family and the baby boy that was arriving was eagerly awaited by all. His name was Diego but the angels snatched his soul away before earth could hold it!
Deeply shocked and disheartened, the young couple wept and yet they said right then and there, "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord!" Job 1:21
How did they have a thankful heart in the midst of trouble? Read the full story on Facebook
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Here's an instant lift from a great source of encouragement, Joel Osteen, author and pastor of Lakewood Church, Texas. We watch his videos a lot at our Bible Study at our main office in Papemelroti.
Let's not forget to give thanks to the people whose guiding hand has helped shape us into who we are today!
We celebrate September 7th as Grandparents' Day and October 5 as Teachers' Day!