Posted on Leave a comment

4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude

4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude

      4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude

It is difficult to give thanks to God in all our circumstances, especially when our current circumstances are difficult. Our problems can often distract us from God and cause us to hyper focus instead, on our problems. That’s why it is important for us to intentionally focus on our blessings instead of our miseries.

So, how can we go about redirecting our attitude to that of gratitude…..Let’s talk about 4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude.

                 The First of the 4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude

 

#1 Take time each day to give thanks to the Lord and be glad in it! “This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” Psalm 118:24.

I find it easy to remember to give thanks as part of my quiet time with the Lord. I have set a routine to read my morning devotion while drinking my coffee, followed by a time of journaling my prayers to God.

This journaling routine starts with writing what I am thankful, and telling God that I appreciate all the wonderful provisions he places before me. This daily routine is one of the easiest of the 4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude and sets the stage for my day, and has helped me to develop a joyful mindset.

I always try to remember when Jesus healed the ten men with leprosy, only one man remembered to come back and thank Him.

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Luke 17: 7-11.

We want to be that one person who says, Lord, THANK YOU! 

      The Second of our 4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude

 

#2 Teach ourselves to focus on thankfulness even when circumstances are difficult. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

It’s much easier to moan and groan and complain about our circumstances vs. giving praise and showing gratefulness for them. However, as Christians, believers in Christ, Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to discipline and guide our thoughts. We have to call on Him for help in keeping our thoughts positive and to aide us in refocusing our minds on thanking God for his goodness.

God made us in His image and gave us the mind of Christ. When we surrender control of our thoughts to Christ, He is sure to do a good work in us. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ” 1 Corinthians 2:16.

Keep in mind that disciplining our minds to focus on being grateful takes time and practice from spending time with God and being in His in word….. which leads us to the third of the 4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude.

             The Third of our 4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude

 

#3 Create an attitude of gratefulness through spending time in scripture. When we spend time meditating on God’s word, we take the focus off of our circumstances and put the focus and our thoughts on Him.

A good place to start your time in the scripture is in the Book of Psalms. Psalms is a collection of hymns and poems written by God’s people to express their emotions in different circumstances. Psalms of lamentation or weeping express the author’s crying out to God in difficult circumstances. Psalms of praise, express the author’s feelings of appreciation to God. Thanksgiving psalms usually express the author’s gratitude for a personal deliverance or provision from God.

Write a few of these Psalms down in your journal and reflect on them. Meditate on the psalmists and the expressions of gratefulness that they felt towards the Lord in their circumstances. “Cause me to understand the way of your precepts,
that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds” Psalm 119:27.

               The Fourth of our 4 Valuable Ways to Turn Attitude to Gratitude

 

#4 Worship. Yes worship! Sing God’s praises. Crank up that worship music and praise Him in song.

I find that when I am focused on the negative and the current unwanted circumstances in my life, if I turn on praise music….all the negative thoughts disappear, and I am enveloped in God’s love.

Worship instantly covers us in the Holy Spirit, our mindsets are shifted to the positive, and we are able to embrace the glorious moment that we are in. So, turn up the tunes and worship the God almighty!

Questions to Ponder:

  1. This week how can you develop a habit of expressing your gratitude to the Lord?
  2.  Find a favorite Psalm, copy it on an index card or in your journal, and mediate on it. How does it apply to you, today?
  3.  Find a worship song that you especially love. Dance, sing, write down the lyrics…take it all in, and let it change you!

-Lisa (Coffee & Bread Team)

 

Attitude to Gratitude

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on 5 Comments

The Flower in the Weeds

The Flower in the Weeds

Finding Joy in Jesus

The Flower in the Weeds

My daughter was playing in our front yard yesterday morning when she said “Mama! Look a new flower!” Instantly, I looked to see what flower she was referring to. It was a yellowish-orange dandelion, sitting high among a small patch of weeds. I instantly thought to myself, “oh shoot I thought we had gotten all of the weeds this weekend”. I groaned silently.

While I was thinking about how ugly a new patch of weeds were in our front yard, my daughter was collecting every small dandelion she could find in that small patch. She was delighted by her new flower friends. Immediately she asked if we could get a little cup of water for them to float in. As she placed each dandelion gently into the cup of water, her eyes were sparkling with pure joy. She had found The Flower in the Weeds.

“Choose to Be Joyful Even When You Encounter Days Full of Weeds” Find The Flower in the Weeds.

“16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. 

The Bible’s Response: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

The Apostle Paul’s words to the church  of Thessalonica in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 are such a beautiful reminder to us all. The church of Thessalonica stood in a predominant city of what we now know to be a part of modern Greece.

The church sadly was facing persecution at the time and Paul was issuing encouragement and motivation in his letters to them. If you look at the verses above, you’ll notice how short verses 16 and 17 are. I find this to be important because they could have been all combined to make one long verse, but instead they were broken up. They provide us with three important commands that demand attention to how we should live and how to be more joyful.

Verses:

5:16-“Rejoice Always”

It says to rejoice…not just sometimes… but always! How do we rejoice always? Well, we find joy in the small things, in our struggles, in the mundaneness… in everything!

5:17- “Pray Continually”

Again we see another command, that reminds us that we are not supposed to engage in the act of prayer just once in awhile, but continually. Constantly. All the time!

Praying helps us center our hearts and our minds on the Lord. It reminds us of whose in charge and where our worries and heart aches should go to. It refocuses our minds on our best friend, Jesus. Prayer provides us with joy as we seek His love, comfort and peace.

5:18- “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.

For this next command, when does God say to give thanks? In ALL circumstances. Again… not just sometimes or once in awhile when things are peachy. But ALL the time. By taking the time to daily praise God and to thank Him, we are creating a space to find joy.

The Point: Finding Joy. Finding The Flower in the Weeds

When my daughter pointed out the patch of weeds we had forgotten to pick, I instantly was bummed that we had forgotten to pick those and I hated how ugly they looked in our front yard. So while I saw something ugly, my daughter saw something beautiful and something that brought her joy. She had found the joy, The Flower in the Weeds.

There are thousands of things around us, even on the worst days that could bring us joy. But, it is up to us to choose to see it. To see the beauty among the weeds. In the Scripture above, Paul reminds us of ways that we can find this type of Joy, by focusing on God. So when you feel like you are stuck in the weeds, remember to find your dandelions for the day. Notice the little things in life and recognize the blessings that God has given you. Choose to find Joy in Jesus by rejoicing, praying and giving thanks CONSTANTLY. ❤️

 

-Sam (Your Coffee and Bread Team)

Questions to Ponder During the Week: 

  1. In what areas of my life could I rejoice more?
  2. Stop right now and think about the things in your life that God has blessed you with that bring you joy. Even the small things like our dandelions ❤️