Gratitude is an important practice of anyone who wishes to walk with God.  Seeing all things as a gift can change one's entire life.  Expressing gratitude can literally change the world.  Religious leaders, mystics and scientists all agree those who practice gratitude attract a fuller and happier life.  Those who dwell in negativity and lack gratitude attract more negative things into their lives.

Keeping a gratitude journal is a powerful practice. If you are experience hard times I highly encourage you to keep a gratitude journal that each day lists all that you can be grateful for. Even if it's that the day is finally over!

There is an abundance of blessings in our lives if we only look. Yet often there isn't any discussion of gratitude and challenges. A grateful heart is not always a "happy" heart. That is why I believe it to be one of the most sacred spiritual practices. Gratitude lifts us into the Presence of the Holy. One can be grateful and grieve or grateful and overwhelmed and grateful and frustrated. This poem below addresses that. After you read it what are you thoughts about gratitude and your spiritual walk? This Thanksgiving, whether you are surrounded by an abundance of friends and family you love, or avoid, or you are alone how can you let the day be one truly filled with gratitude?

Be Thankful
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.
GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.
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