We can be so quick to say that our hearts are grateful, but the reality is, having a grateful heart goes far beyond a feeling of the moment, it has to be apart of our lifestyle.
Am I saying that sometimes our hearts are not fully committed to being filled with gratitude? Yes, I am.
Ouch, I know! Keep reading and I’ll explain.
Let’s be honest, motherhood is hard. Being a wife is hard. The demands of life, our struggles, and our worries weigh heavy!
The truth is, sometimes the heaviness of life takes more room in our hearts than gratitude.
Or maybe it’s the pressures and busyness of life that keep us so occupied that we forget to pause, embrace and simply give thanks for all that God has done and continues to do for us daily.
I’ll be the first one to admit that cultivating a grateful heart can be a challenge.
Maybe offering praise to God is difficult because our faith is being tested.
Perhaps we feel distant from the Lord.
Or maybe we just don’t feel like it!
Whatever the reason is, I can tell you that within this month, I have seen the power of praise and intentionally focusing on the blessings that God has granted to me. This is why I am sharing this topic with you!
Every day we have a choice… we have a choice to either accept the weight of life or surrender it all to Him and be grateful that He is so graciously ready to take it all in His hands.
Making that decision is what makes a lasting difference in our lifestyle.
What Can I Do to Cultivate a Grateful Heart?
Create a Gratitude log
Reflect on the positive and jot down some things that you are grateful for. This can be done daily or a few days a week—But make it apart of your lifestyle!
(I started doing this at the beginning of November and it has been a game-changer for me. It really puts things in perspective and forces me to focus on the positive.)
Express Gratitude In a Tangible Way
Look for ways to demonstrate your gratitude to those you are grateful for.
Share Your Grateful Heart with Others
Be vocal about what you are thankful for. Not only will this keep your focus on the good, but it will be encouraging to those around you.
Seek Gratitude in the Bible
Be encouraged by the men and women in the Bible who established lifestyles of constant thanksgiving to the Lord.
Lift Praises to the Lord!
Through the good and the bad, there will always be a reason to give Him praise.
There is POWER in having a grateful heart, and benefits as well!
The Benefits of a Grateful Heart:
- Helps to remind us that we have so much to be grateful for
- Removes our focus from the negative and redirects it towards God
- A heart of gratitude leaves no room for complaints
- Our Spirits are refreshed and doors are opened for continual blessings
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Why is it Important to Have A Grateful Heart.. As a Mom?
Our perspectives on life guide our attitude, guide our actions and ultimately affect the people around us.
Life is harder when we choose to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. So why not surrender it all and change our focus on the good things in our lives.
Our intentional attempt to cultivate a grateful heart will not only benefit us but will also benefit our household. Our demonstrations of gratitude and vocal expression of thankfulness will be a model to those around us, especially our children who will grow up with grateful hearts already cultivated because of our example!
In this month of thankfulness, challenge yourself to begin cultivating a grateful heart. Trust me mama, you will reap the benefits and so much more.
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
May you always remember that God is much bigger than your struggles!