Wednesday’s word is…….wait for it………thanksgiving! 🦃🦃❤️❤️
I like this quote: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” — Cicero
(According to Wikipedia, Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman politician and lawyer, who served as consul in the year 63 BC. He came from a wealthy municipal family of the Roman equestrian order, and is considered one of Rome’s greatest orators and prose stylists.)
One of the email devotions I read on a daily basis is from the Ravi Zacharias international ministries. I wanted to share today’s post by Margeret Manning Schull titled “Finding Gratitude”.
“Interestingly, recent studies have concluded that the expression of gratitude can have profound and positive effects on health, mood, and social connections. In one study on gratitude, researchers randomly assigned participants to groups given one of three tasks. Each week, participants kept a short journal. One group briefly described five things they were grateful for that had occurred in the past week, another group recorded five daily hassles from the previous week that displeased them, and the neutral group was asked to list five events or circumstances that affected them, but they were not told whether to focus on the positive or on the negative. Ten weeks later, participants in the gratitude group felt better about their lives as a whole and were a full twenty-five percent happier than the hassled group. They reported fewer health complaints, and exercised an average of 1.5 hours more. In addition, other studies showed that participants in the gratitude group also reported offering others more emotional support or help with a personal problem, indicating that the gratitude exercise increased their goodwill towards others and their “pro-social” motivation.” Quoted from Ocean Robbins, “The Neuroscience of Why Gratitude Makes Us Healthier,” The Daily Good, October 30, 2015.
I also can attest to the effectiveness of a gratitude journal. It helped me turn my attitude around after a very disastrous marriage. Meditating on the Scriptures below, also works to increase my overall level of thankfulness.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And tell of all Your wondrous works.
I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God,
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;