Wednesday, March 16, 2011


There are those individuals who spend a significant amount of time expressing their unhappiness in words, actions, and attitude, changing the dynamics of relationships and even the atmosphere around them, regardless of the good things happening.  And. There are individuals, impacted by difficult-life-changing circumstances, who have a noticeable and inspiring spirit of gratefulness, a down-deep-attitude produced by the belief God will use all things, the good and the bad, to bring about His purpose and plan.
The thing is . . . gratefulness . . . opens our life up to the generous possibilities of God.  Unhappiness shuts us down from what could be, creating an inner anxiety for what is not.  Both unhappiness and gratefulness begin with a choice, become a habit, and impact ourselves and others.  So.  Along the path, we need to take time to refocus the way we understand and respond to life.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6, NIV). 
The Apostle Paul wrote to the early church, telling the people not to be anxious but to pray with thanksgiving, which is key to developing the life-habit of gratefulness. Perspective changes when we step out of an unhappy-anxiety-ridden state and step into the realm of the presence of God through prayer and thanksgiving.
Memorize Philippians 4:6, imprint it in your mind and heart, let it change the way you respond to life.  
Determine to have more gratitude and less unhappiness each day.
Walk on the path today with intentional gratefulness.
Step into the realm of the presence of God.
Pray with thanksgiving.

Learning  to KickStart the day with a grateful spirit,

(written by Kerrie L. Palmer © 2010 All Rights Reserved)