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Count Your Blessings (and count them again) 

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G.K. Chesterton


Ssssshhh… don’t tell anyone, but I’ve discovered the secret to contentment. It’s simple, but difficult.

 Are you ready?

It’s a two part system. First, you turn your whining, fears, and needs into prayers. Then you start thanking God for all of the blessings already in  your life. That’s it. 

I know. 

Nope, I’m serious. That’s it. 

Yes, you may feel silly. It may feel forced. At first.  But it changes. And then you change. 

I’ve done this. I still do this. It works! A month or two ago I was talking to a friend who was struggling with her career. As I told her about all of this she looked at me like I was a simpleton. “Don’t look at me like that! I’m telling you this works! Try it for a month. If you don’t come back and tell me it changed your life I will buy lunch next time!  But if it works for you, then you owe me lunch!” So, where should I make her take me when we get together next week? 

Try this. You have nothing to lose and so much peace, joy, and contentment to gain. As always, I wish you MUCH joy! 

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Ridiculously, Obsessively Grateful 

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 

1 Thessalonians  5:18 (KJV)

What a relief it was when I (finally!) understood this scripture didn’t say for all things, but in all things….. One word = big difference.  

Years ago, I worked for a difficult boss. No one liked this guy. He was just a miserable human being. And it became hard to go to work. I struggled. We all did. I was putting myself through college and quitting wasn’t an option. A sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:18 changed things for me. No, I wasn’t grateful for the boss, but I started to realize I was grateful for my coworkers, my paycheck, my personal life, for hope that he’d leave or improve (he left), for the bright, funny, and sweet moments. The more I “noticed” the happier I became. I stopped dreading going to work. And this process became part of me. Turns out, I am grateful today for that long ago lesson. In, not for. Oh, I’m human and I still go through rough patches and times of mumbling, grumbling, and complaining, but I’m getting better at this gratitude thing. In fact, it’s become a game of sorts to practice ridiculous, obsessive gratitude.  

I’ve found when I intentionally express gratitude for the myriad blessings in my life I am happier, calmer, more efficient and productive, and even more blessings seem to come my way. 

Start today. Start anywhere. Here are a few things I’ve done to kickstart my attitude of gratitude. You get the idea. Please share your tips! 

  • Notice the beauty in your daily commute. I have a specific route I take to work because of one beautiful street. 
  • Be still and notice the beauty of the day. Birds chirping, puffy clouds, snowflakes falling, flowers blooming, autumn leaves…there is beauty all around us. 
  • Notice the “take it for granted” stuff (home, health, family, comfy bed, spouse…).
  • Start expressing gratitude to those around you. I love noticing, thanking, and praising others. 
  • Put on praise music and express your gratitude to The Lord. This is key for me. 

As always, I wish you MUCH joy! 

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