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A Season of Gratitude

Well, this last month has been interesting to say the least. We’ve seen challenges in every
realm of our lives. And, we really have no idea when these challenges will start to get better. It
would be very easy for us to let ourselves dwell in the toxic atmosphere currently engulfing us.
I am very glad that my last webinar from In This House We Will Giggle, the focus was on
gratitude. Courtney DeFao gave some wonderful reminders about gratitude:

1. Give thanks to God first.
2. Be specific in your thanks.
3. Give thanks during tough times, too.
4. Gratitude comes from the heart and mind.

This list has really helped me to frame my thoughts these last few weeks. I also feel like
number four is really key at this time. During times such as this, it probably does not feel
natural to feel gratitude. That is why, we have to start with our mind – practice routines and rituals that help us remember to be grateful, and as we develop these, our hearts will begin to follow. I found this poem and thought it expressed so well developing this new attitude:

Attitude of Gratitude

We cannot choose how many years we will live, but we can choose how much life those
years will have.
We cannot control the beauty of our face, but we can control the expression on it.
We cannot control life’s difficult moments, but we can choose to make life less difficult.
We cannot control the negative atmosphere of the world, but we can control the
atmosphere of our minds.
Too often, we try to choose and control things we cannot.
Too seldom, we choose to control what we can… OUR ATTITUDE.

-Unknown

It is my prayer for all of us (myself included) that we focus on gratitude. Let’s let God control things and rest in that fact. Let’s spend our days ahead controlling what we can: counting our blessings and spreading the joy of those blessings with others.

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” - Colossians 3:17

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