Our daily bread.
march 19, 2018.
the art of a grateful heart.
by joe stowell. give thanks to the lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. - psalm 118:1.
read: psalm 118:1–14, 26–29.
bible in a year: joshua 1–3; mark 16.
on our wedding day, martie and i gladly vowed to be faithful “in good times as well as in bad, in sickness as well as in health, for richer or for poorer.” in a way it may seem strange to include vows about the bleak reality of bad times, sickness, and poverty on a cheerful wedding day. but it underscores the fact that life often has “bad” times.
so what are we to do when we face life’s inevitable difficulties? paul urges us on behalf of christ to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 thessalonians 5:18). as difficult as that may sound, there is good reason why god encourages us to embrace a spirit of gratitude. gratitude is grounded in the truth that our lord “is good” and “his love endures forever” (psalm 118:1). he is present with us and strengthens us in the midst of trouble (hebrews 13:5–6), and he lovingly uses our trials to grow our character into his likeness (romans 5:3–4). when life hits us with hard times, choosing to be grateful focuses our attention on the goodness of god and gives us the strength to make it through our struggles. with the psalmist, we can sing, “give thanks to the lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (psalm 118:29). lord, i realize that focusing on my troubles causes me to forget that even in the midst of trials you are good. teach me the art of a grateful heart.
thanksgiving is a virtue that grows through practice.
💗surround yourself with it
💗and spread it far and wide
following on from my previous posts about allowing yourself to rise and find your voice, the most important lessons i have learned are these 🔼 all about
l o v e.
learning to love yourself is so powerful. in the true, non egotistical sense of self love. it can take a lot of healing and work to get there, and it is an ongoing journey. however it truly allows yourself to fully show up for others and for yourself. you love yourself enough to take care of yourself, to grow, to heal, to experience joy and to share love and loving thoughts and loving ways. you no longer allow negative energy around you, or people that do not have your best interests at heart, because that does not show yourself, or them, love. you want to improve your relationships, friendships and yourself, because you really are worth it. you may even find you will want to start loving your work too. coming from a place of love, doing something that to you doesn't feel like 'work' because ultimately you love it! there are so many ways to show yourself love and that you value yourself.💖 .
start by consciously putting more love into your day. sending loving thoughts out, this is so powerful, keep your thoughts loving and full of gratitude. showing yourself you care about you and appreciate the body you live in! start to tell people what you love about them. and that you love them💗 even commenting something lovely to someone all raises yours and their vibration. .
huge love to you all for reading my posts, your lovely comments and messages. they are always appreciated 🙏😘 you are all deserving of love and i send you all heaps of it 💖💖💖💖💖. #love#sharethelove#givethanks#gratitude#allyouneedislove#selflove#selfcare#respect#vibration#lovingthoughts#lovingenergy#showlove#family#children#soulsisters#friendship#bekind#gentle#rise#heal#reiki#lucyfranciswellbeing#lucyfrancisinternationalschoolofreiki#marchchallenge
Good morning dear friends
wish you all a beautiful week ahead
So grateful for this life!!! just got back from a 11 mile hike with @jmanfdog
and his bro caleb
visited pele,what a challenge!!! it's amazing how you feel after you achieve greatness
surf,skate, meditate,hike with hi vibes
Have you ever closed your eyes and focused on your breathing & your heart beat after each breath. do you realize that's life, each beat, each pause between the in & out breath. we pray much more than we give thanks. that breath alone, helps keep the heart going, that keeps us alive 🙏🏻💗 listening to my heart beat & body breathe fills me with such gratitude. i am so blessed for each day i spend here on earth, every second is a new experience. #clarity#healing#givethanks#wisdom#breathing#loving#kindness#meditation#life#spiritualawakening