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  Every year in November we place more focus on giving thanks than any other time of the year. Aside from the historical reason for this holiday, I think it is a good idea to have a focal point to be reminded of all the things we are thankful for. On the other hand, we need to be mindful of expressing gratitude all year round. You have so much to be thankful for and it is important to recognize these things every day. The people you interact wi»
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Every breath’s a battle between grudgery and gratitude and we must keep thanks on the lips so we can sip from the holy grail of joy. Ann VoskampOne Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (Zondervan, 2011), pp. 223-224.
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By Gina Garrison Luke 1:46-48 Mary was bursting with delight! She was to be the mother of the Messiah! Her song of gratitude, humility, and praise overflowed in this passage from Luke. Even today, her wonder and joy fill our hearts as we, like Mary, prepare for the coming of Jesus. Although few of us have a visit from an angel or a prophetic dream revealing our mission, each of us has a unique role to play in God’s creation. Each of us was crea»
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Though working on ME isn’t really what I want to do, by cultivating gratitude in MY OWN heart and life, my children WILL begin to cultivate gratitude as well.  Here are three tips to get us started developing our own attitude of gratitude so that we can begin modeling it for the kids. Am I Grateful or Am I Grumbling? Personal evaluation time.  Am I modeling gratefulness?  OR Am I modeling grumbling?  I’ll be the first to admit that I get»
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Thoughts on 2 Corinthians 2:1-8 Gratitude is something that we all can agree on.  We all would agree that we should be grateful.  This goes for not only what the Lord has blessed us with, but also for what people do in our lives as well.  However, few of us probably think of the benefits of gratitude.  We might be surprised that gratitude offers us much more than mere reflection back to who or what we are grateful for . Gratitude helps you fi»
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Gratitude will help us to be thankful for life as it is, not how we wish it or expect it to be. Question: What are you grateful for today? David Zailer Our Journey Home: Insights & Inspirations for Christian Twelve Step Recovery (Laguna Niguel: Operation Integrity, 2011), 288     CommentsOn Gratitude by Joey O'ConnorRelated StoriesStay Focused on Your Finish LineAre You Cultivating Sweetness?I Love Being the Father of t»
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Over the last few weeks we’ve touched on gratitude and faith, and about taking gratitude to work. Now lets look at gratitude in relationships. At its core, gratitude is really all about relationships. As you acknowledge and express sincere gratitude to another person (or to God), you share some level of vulnerability. That’s why gratitude is so effective when it comes to establishing and building connections with others. Gratitude is especial»
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What an awesome time in worship this past Sunday!! I loved hearing so many people share their gratitude to God for a wide variety of things! Just a powerful sense of God's presence all day long! I announced on Sunday that Cory Johnson would be assuming leadership of our student ministry through this next school year and the summer of 2014. We could not be more excited about God's call on him to lead in this season. Our search team will suspend th»
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Last week we talked about gratitude and faith, so this week I thought we’d address the role gratitude can and should (but probably doesn’t) play in your workplace. When is the last time you heard (or offered) sincere gratitude at work? Research suggests that people are less likely to express gratitude at work than anywhere else. This is true despite the fact that offering thanks to colleagues and employees has been shown to boost job satisfac»
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Are you daring enough to practice audacious gratitude? It can be challenging to be truly grateful for the thousands of blessings we experience in a day. We’re so accustomed to these gifts that it takes a concerted effort just to notice them. I’ve been making a concerted effort lately to offer “small” prayers to God throughout my day, including thanking Him for blessings big and small. Every day I put at the top of my calendar what I am th»