Grateful thoughts to keep thanksgiving going

Make America Grateful Again

Gratitude beautifies life. It is an attitude changer, a depression diluter, a mental health magnifier. Where there’s gratitude there’s no complaining and accusation.

You don’t have to feel grateful to give thanks. Thank someone anyway!

“Thank you,” is not an empty phrase. Those words can deeply touch a human heart. Expressed gratitude grows.

A conscious connection with gratitude releases heart-felt appreciation. A thankful heart doesn’t just happen. It grows as we focus on our blessings.

Happiness often seems hard to find because it is hidden behind gratitude. Unhappiness follows ungratefulness. Without gratitude, happiness is hard to come by.

Gratitude is a far more pleasant emotion than bitterness. Some people get stuck in bitterness. I want to frolic in gratitude.

When gratitude slips away, we seldom even notice that it’s gone. Ingratitude happens by neglect, not by intention. It’s the failure to appreciate. Wake up to daily life-appreciation! It’s an amazing experience.

A grateful heart makes it much easier to thank people than to insult them. Expressing gratitude draws smiley faces on your heart and on the hearts of those you thank

No gift is ever deserved; no blessing ever earned. Appreciation is the realization that your life’s full of blessings you don’t deserve.

Thanksgiving goes beyond seeking joy, to expressing gratitude for the joy you have. Another day above ground is something to be thankful for! You can’t give thanks unless you express your gratitude.

Show some gratitude. It’ll help your attitude. Desires and wants don’t inspire thanks. Appreciating what you have, does. Life’s most ignored goal: Cultivate gratitude for what you already have.

Pride looks to receive thanks; humility to give thanks. The secret to giving thanks: Just say “thank you.” Make a to-appreciate list and check it off as you express your gratitude. 

Earthly life has an expiration date. Be grateful for yours while it lasts!

Let people be grateful to you. When they than you, just say, “You’re welcome.”

Seeing yourself as blessed will make you grateful; as a victim will make you hateful.

Human nature tends to be proud of what we think we deserve and grateful for what we think we don’t deserve. Pride hates to say “thank you.” Gratitude revels in giving thanks.

Pride smashes heart-felt gratitude like an unwanted insect. Humility collects it like fireflies in a jar. Humility sees undeserved blessings where pride sees entitlement.

To seldom say, “Thank you,” is to take much in life for granted. Ingratitude is a self-defeating attitude. To live with ingratitude is to miss out on much joy.

Thanking is banking kindness. People are kinder to you when they feel appreciated by you.

This is good to do:
Say “thank you”
To those who
Have helped you.

Heal America: Give kindness to all and express gratitude whenever people are kind to you.

Ungrateful hearts find Thanksgiving Day boring. Gratitude for what you have is more encouraging than complaining about what you don’t have.

As I count my blessings, I find Jesus behind everyone of them.

I can’t boast
Before the One
Who’s done the most
For me. Thank you, Jesus!

I’m eternally grateful
That Jesus pardoned me
And set me free
To follow Him.

Thank You, Jesus, for being so real to me everyday. 

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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