33 Different Ways God Says Thank You

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Have you ever challenged yourself with counting the blessings you receive within a single day?

I just tried and below is the result.

33 Things to Be Grateful for Within a Day

In the Morning

1. Clean, potable water to make coffee with

2. Decent bread and coffee on the breakfast table

3. Fresh eggs from someone’s farm

4. Loved ones to share breakfast with

5. A separate set of furnishings for the dining room

6. Tap water to wash the dishes with

7. Having clean towels to wipe with

8. A refrigerator to store food

During the Day

9. A bright, new day

10. Newspaper in the front porch

11. Dogs and/or cats in the yard

12. Water running in the lawn sprinkler

13. Electricity running the sprinkler

14. Cozy home as shelter

15. Safe neighborhood

16. Quiet, friendly neighbors

17. Tidy home

18. Phone to keep in touch with

19. Healthy physique

20. Decent clothes to wear

21. Available transport to take to work

22. Workstation with needed devices at the office

23. Free writing implements and supplies

24. Free drinking water at the cafeteria

25. Clean comfort room

26. People lining up in orderly manner

27. Meeting courteous and friendly folks

At Night

28. Fluffy bed and pillows

29. Toothbrush, toothpaste and soap

30. Fresh towels

31. Fluffy pillows

32. Ability to say one’s prayer

33. Sweet dreams

The really GREAT thing about counting blessings is that it tends to multiply them. The reverse is also true when dealing with ‘negative’ events. We get more of whatever we focus our attention on.

Another important consequence of counting our blessings is that it builds on TRUST in God. We get to realize how much He really cares for us. Initially, in small ways. As the trust we have matures, we notice that continuing with the practice of gratitude, even greater blessings come our way. Consequently, trust develops even further. We get to see that God makes happen even those things that we have previously thought impossible.

Being grateful makes happen more events to be grateful for, developing trust. Gratitude then has the power to develop in us faith even in things yet unseen. When we carry this spirit of GRATITUDE and FAITH everywhere we go, we become witnesses of God’s magnanimity and people, sooner or later, take notice. Eventually, people will get wind of how you were able to use gratitude to build faith and consequently, faith to usher in circumstances to be grateful for.

Gratitude building on faith and faith building on gratitude.

And they too will want to have the same blessings happen in their lives.

God’s Way of Saying Thank You

Before we were even aware that we needed clean, potable water for making our morning coffee, God is. And He knew what our needs would be, and so created water. The same is true for even the minutest details in our lives.

God first exercised his generosity towards us, even before we became aware of what we will be needing. We were then given and so were put in a disposition to be grateful. Grace was there even before our being grateful came to our awareness.

God’s way of saying thank you then is to make your need available when its time comes, for your need to be fulfilled as it happens. It thus turns out that our list of 33 is also God’s Thank You! list for us.

By our merely being, God loves and appreciates us and says, Thank You!

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34. Our growing awareness of God’s presence and His everyday blessings

AMEN.

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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Thanks man, If I am reminded 100 times a day, it is too little.


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Quirinus 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug Author

Thanks, Eric, there really is a whole lot!


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago

Good morning Quirinus

I agree with the sentiment but rather believe it is but one of many ways God say "I love you."

Yes a grateful heart makes a joyous life.

God bless you.


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Quirinus 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug Author

Thanks, you are correct, teacherjoe52. Even developing gratitude and, in the first place, an awareness of God's blessings (which I'm still trying to make a habit of) are blessings all in themselves; everything comes from the infinite and supreme, God's love!

Namaste


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

In my life I have even been graced with defeat. How infinite the blessings are.


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Quirinus 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug Author

Glad to be in the same company. There can come a time when we realize, for every defeat there is a blessing on the flip side ... or blessings initially disguised as defeat. We are then, in retrospect, awed at God's generosity and overwhelmed by heartfelt gratitude, and humbled by recalling the limited, "negative" view we took of the past event.


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

We look to great men like Joe and we ask "where now?". And we just grab on and celibrate.

I think men like Joe, help us and release us and proclaim us.

We need good, show us good and we will be good.

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