What Makes A Blessing?

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It does not really seem like we need bravery to be grateful, but we do indeed need to be brave, because it’s very hard to point out one’s own failure to be thankful. Gratitude softens our hearts to where they are more pliable in the hands of a loving God. Hard hearts are generally ungrateful, so asking God to make us brave enough to see where we are lacking gratitude is a worthy endeavor and surely pleases our Father in heaven.
Examine your life. Are there any gratitude shortcomings?
In my own life, I know that I need to work on giving thanks for even the little things – the things in which I do not even consider being a blessing anymore because they have just always been. I realize I need to be grateful for every single breath I take,
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1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
The will of God for each of us is to give thanks! God’s will is for all to have a grateful heart. There is an art to gratitude, and gratitude unexpressed is not really gratitude at all. If you don’t express your thanks, how grateful are you really? Genuine gratitude will make us give thanks and will make us live, see, and act differently.
A life of thanksgiving will change our outlook on life – on our lives!
Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Synonyms are gratefulness, thankfulness, thanks, and appreciation.
Gratitude requires action of the heart. We must express our appreciation toward God in thoughts, praise, and worship. We must practice saying thank you. Someone opens the door…thank you. Someone does something kind…thank you. It is quite simple if you think about it.
Those two words should forever be in your vocabulary, especially in prayer. If we expect gratitude for what we do, and wait for someone to say thank you, how much more does God expect it, deserve it?
We live in a very ungrateful culture and the spirit of entitlement is seen every single day. I saw a gruff man sitting on the curb by a gas station, with no shoes on and no shirt, and I pulled over to give him a dollar. When I stretched the dollar out to him,
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