My five words of gratitude

I am happy to express my gratitude for at least five things which I enjoy. 

  1. Thankfulness for my acceptance by God by voicing with my mouth and acknowledging in my heart that Jesus is God’s Son.
  2. Thankful for my wife, Fran. She is trustworthy, faithful, loving and kind and is my best friend.
  3. I am thankful for every one of our five adult children; they consistently display in many ways their love and concern for me.
  4. The enjoyment I receive in watching our grandchildren succeed in all there endeavors. I am so thankful for each of them.
  5. I am deeply indebted to technology; hearing aids allow me to hear and converse with others, I am deaf without them. Technology is my friend and I am grateful!

“I shall hear in Heaven.” – Ludwig Von Beethoven (He lived before technology’s marvels.) I’m doubly grateful!!

“The more you express gratitude for what you have the more you will have to express gratitude for.“ – Zig Ziglar

What is required of me to live a life of gratitude?  

  • I must pursue daily routines with intentionality.
  • It demands my effort!
  • It requires a certain sense of humility on my part.
  • Gratitude necessitates awareness of what people and situations mean to me.
  • Thankfulness calls for an openness towards acceptance of others instead of close-mindedness.
  • A mindfulness of what I do already have, instead of coveting what I do not have.
“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.”–Marcus Aurelius

  Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! Psalms 100:4 (ESV)

Saying, ‘thank you’, should be a constant in interacting with family, friends, and others. Yes, saying these two words out loud with sincerity will be rewarded with smiles of affirmation. This requires an acknowledgement of what the other person desires to hear from us. This skill can be learned and should be put into practice first at home, with our spouse and family. Culivate and nuture the art of gratitude and see the difference it makes in our lives.

  • What are you thankful for?
  • How are you showing gratitude towards those in your spear of influence?
  • How have you expressed gratefulness for the possessions you already own?

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God bless you.


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