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Every morning I think of three things I am thankful for. The things I am thankful for could be as little as me being cuddled up with blankets in bed to having my cup of coffee in the morning. Being thankful for the little things reminds me I have a lot to be thankful for and puts things into perspective for me. We often complain about our lives when there’s a lot to be thankful for. We shouldn’t take our blessings for granted.
There are also benefits to practicing thankfulness. According to studies, “grateful people experience a 25 percent spike in alertness and energy — and they also sleep better,” (Shigematsum, 2018, p. 112).
The Bible also tells us to think about good things. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you,” (Phillippians 4:8-9 ESV).
5 Spiritual Blessings to Be Thankful For
I don’t know what’s going on in your life, but I’m sure there are things you can be thankful for today. For that reason, I’ve compiled a list of 5 things to be thankful for to get you thinking. 🙂
#1 Be thankful for God.
I’m forever thankful for God and who He is. He’s loving, gracious, merciful, just, kind, faithful, righteous, and more. Everything good comes from Him. He’s the best friend and Father I could ever ask for.
“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High,” (Psalm 7:17 ESV).
#2 Be thankful for salvation.
I’m thankful to God for saving me. He choose me before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4) and drew me to Him (John 6:44). This isn’t something I could’ve done – I couldn’t save myself. I was dead before Christ – now I am alive in Him.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast,” (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV).
#3 Be thankful for family.
I may not be close to my earthly family, but I’m thankful for another kind of family – the family of God. When you’re saved, God adopts you as His child and fellow believers are now your brothers and sisters in Christ.
“But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother,” (Matthew 12:48-50 ESV).
#4 Be thankful for friends.
I’m thankful for friends. They help me conform to the image of Christ and are there for me when I need help/prayer. They keep me accountable and sharpen me.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up,” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 ESV).
#5 Be thankful for church.
I’m thankful for my church. They are a healthy biblical church. My pastors faithfully teach the word of God and care about their congregants. The members of the church have cultivated a community similar to that of Acts.
“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common,” (Acts 4:32 ESV).
I hope this has put things in perspective and helped you think about what you can be thankful for. Make a practice of gratitude every day — and you’ll see the difference in your life. If you need help staying consistent, I highly recommend getting a gratitude journal.
Be sure to also check out:
Shigematsu, K. V. A. (F. R. W. (2018). Survival Guide for the Soul: How to Flourish Spiritually in a World That Pressures Us to Achieve. Harpercollins Christian Pub.