THURSDAY APRIL 12
Activity: Look for the GOOD today! As you go through your day, or even as you wind down this evening, write down 5 things you are grateful for.
What Is Gratitude?
Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Fear is a major roadblock to gratitude. When I’m fearful, I cannot be grateful. When my heart is full of worries, it cannot be full of thanks.
I love this perspective on gratitude and how to cultivate it from https://www.unstuck.com/gratitude/
1) Notice your day-to-day world from a point of gratitude and be amazed at all the goodness we take for granted.
2) Keep a gratitude journal. All it requires is noting one or more things you are grateful for on a daily basis. No fancy notebook, no computer program required. [Though, currently LOVING this free-ish app: http://bit.ly/grtflapp]
3) If you identify something or someone with a negative trait (the cold conference room), switch it in your mind to a positive trait (the conference room with a great view).
4) Gratitude requires humility, which the dictionary defines as being “modest and respectful.” Explore where it fits in your life.
5) Give at least one compliment daily, whether directly to a person or by sharing your appreciation of something (“I love how quiet it is in the morning, don’t you?”).
6) When you find yourself in a bad situation ask: What can I learn? When I look back on this, without emotion, what will I be grateful for?
7) Vow to not complain, criticize, or gossip for a week. If you slip, rally your willpower and keep going. Notice how much energy you were spending on negative thoughts.
8) Sound genuinely happy to hear from the people who call you on the phone. Whether they respond with surprise or delight, they’ll feel valued.
9) Join a cause that’s important to you. Donate money, time, or talent. By getting involved, you’ll better appreciate the organization — and it will appreciate you more, too.
If you’re one that likes visual inspiration, check out this info on writing gratitude lists:
What Does Scripture Say?
Psalm 71:14 – As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.
Fear is in the hope-stealing business. Even now, as I write this, negativity and fear set in. “What if…” “Did God really say…” type of thoughts infiltrate the good until THIS I recall to mind, and therefore I have hope. Because of the Lord’s great mercies we are not consumed. He is a faithful God and I can trust him. There is always, always, always something to be grateful for. Even in those dark valleys, there is the comfort of His presence.
When we make room for gratitude by expressing thankfulness, our minds shift from self-focus to God-focus. We can have hope. We can praise him without reservation! In this is true freedom. Not the freedom to do as we please with reckless abandon – but, the paradoxical freedom of our indebtedness to Christ. Jesus died to pay the penalty for my sin. I can’t do enough “good” to be saved on my own. None of us can. Salvation comes only through Christ alone. This is the Truth that gives us Hope and makes us eternally grateful.
What Will You Do?
Is fear having the victory in some of these daily activities? I pray you are taking the time and being intentional and focused as you take steps away from fear. What have you learned about yourself over the last several days? Is your fear holding you hostage more fiercely than you originally believed?
Will you use the tool of gratitude to loosen the grips? If you’d like, please share here what SPECIFIC things you are grateful for. Narrow it down to a moment, a snapshot, not just a general “my family”.
If you’re having trouble, answer these questions to get your gratitude flowing:
What are you looking forward to?
What made you smile today?
What made you laugh today?
What made today a good day?
And, my Live Video today will be later in the day – around 3pm – gives you some time to be thinking through those things you’re grateful for!
Don’t forget, we have an Aroma Freedom Technique Group Session tonight – FREE for you, limited to 100 participants. [https://zoom.us/j/4121815135]