We have so much to be grateful for. Every day that we are alive, we have a reason to give thanks. However, the reality is that sometimes the constant demands, struggles and worries do more to create a spirit of defeat than a heart of thanks. We can forget, in the midst of the busyness to pause, take a deep breath, and give God thanks for all that He has done and will continue to do in our lives.
Sometimes it really does seem like a sacrifice to offer up praise and thanksgiving to God. We’re struggling. We’re busy. We’re weary. Maybe we feel like He really doesn’t care about what is troubling us. Our lives feel like they are spiraling out of control and we’re saying, “God I just don’t see the point.”
But, here’s what can make an eternal difference. We have the choice, to daily give God thanks. With a heart of thanksgiving, we realize that no matter what life throws at us, God doesn’t only work to change our circumstances and help us through our problems. He does more. Much more. He also changes our hearts. His power, through hearts of gratitude and focused minds on Him, releases the grip our struggles have over us.
God’s word is filled to the brim with many reminders of how powerful and essential a thankful heart is in this world.
The Power of a grateful heart – 5 things it can do:
- It gets our eyes off of ourselves and back onto God.
- It reminds us that God is the giver of all good gifts. We were never intended to be fully self-sufficient in this life. A grateful heart reminds us that God is our Provider.
- A heart of gratitude leaves no room for complaining, for it is impossible to be truly thankful and be filled with negativity at the same time.
- It helps us recognize we have so much to be thankful for, even all of the little things, like sunrises, laughter and food at our table.
- It opens up the door for continued blessings.
20 verses of thanks from God’s word:
“O Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” Ps. 95:1-3
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Ps. 100:4-5
“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever.” Ps. 118:29
“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Ps. 9:1
“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.” Ps. 7:17
“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Col. 2:7
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Col. 3:15
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Col. 4:2
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Phil 4:6
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Ps. 103:1-5
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thess. 5:18
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Ps. 107:1
“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Eph. 5:20
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.” Ps. 28:7
“I will praise the name of God with song, and shall magnify Him with thanksgiving.” Ps. 69:30
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever; …” Ps. 136:1-5
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Heb. 12:28-29
“Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” 2 Cor. 9:15
“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.” Rev. 11:17