November 27, 2014

Let your Thanksgiving Overflow into Thankful LIVING

A GRATEFUL heart has a CONTINUAL feast.  

                                             Satisfied. and content.

Gratitude can change our perspective and the way we perceive EVERY moment.

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."

......................Because a grateful heart is confident and at rest in the GIVER of all GOOD things.  Knowing that all of life is filtered through the hands of GRACE.  Gratitude can turn every encounter, every experience into something extraordinary and miraculous.  There is something REDEMPTIVE.  Something BEAUTIFUL.  In every moment.    So be grateful.

Be. Grateful.(in all things)

You can't be grateful and unhappy. You can't be grateful and bitter. You can't be grateful and without hope. You can't be grateful and angry.
Choose gratitude.In all things there is something to be grateful for.
It's all in your perspective.
Just be grateful and SEE how much goodness surrounds you.

Don't dismiss the beautiful things in life or allow them to be embittered by the unfair and hurtful things. 

Be grateful for the   GOOD:) 

Every one of your days is filtered through hands of Grace. And He determined GOOD things for YOU. This moment HERE is part of your story and our Sovereign GOD is the author. Embrace the GOOD in it and see the beauty of the LIFE He's prepared for YOU.

Acts 14:17 ....but he never left them without evidence of himself and his goodness.  For instance, He sends you rain and good crops and gives you food and joyful hearts."  FULL.  SATISFIED.  Evidence of  GOOD beyond your own doing from the GIVER of all GOOD things.

But one final and important word.  Gratitude changes our heart.  It changes our perspective on life.  We are overwhelmed with AWE by the GOODNESS that surrounds us.  That's *ONLY* the beginning.  Don't let it stop there!!!!!  Let your THANKGIVING overflow into thankful LIVING. Let it MOVE you to PURPOSEFUL LIVING.  Out of the abundance of what we've been given.....being *GIVE*  The end of gratitude is not contentment and resting satisfied and full.  Thanksgiving overflowing into thanksLIVING.  Thankful GIVING.

             The end of gratitude.  GIVING without hesitation.  LOVING without reservation.

Realizing that the only way we can truly influence the world around us is to constantly be pouring OUT the abundance of LIFE we've been given.  Being not just TOUCHED and GRATEFUL; aware of the GOODNESS of God.  SO consumed by gratitude, in AWE of His blessings.  But letting it overflow into not only PRAISE but being moved and compelled to GIVE.  SO grateful that it spills out into life around you, those around you and changes the very atmosphere around you.  SO grateful that it spills out into thankful LIVING.  
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