Gratitude and Grace

The Art of Gratitude

The Art of Gratitude

Affirmation: I am gratefully and wonderfully blessed!

There is an art to gratitude. There is a form, structure, a knack for growing it, developing it, and subsequently owning it as a way of life. But why does it matter? Why grow gratitude? Why spend the time developing it? Aren’t there other fun, uplifting, exciting things to do with one’s time?

The art of gratitude means there is a way to live feeling thankful as a general state of awareness—on good days and not-so-good days, in times when things are going great or in times when things look and feel tough. How? Grow your gratitude and strive to keep it thriving.

Gratitude in Action

Gratitude in Action

Jesus taught us to look beyond what our five senses tell us to the realm of Spirit, or the invisible, and to give thanks for what we know is present even though we might not be able to see it. Blessing something with the power to confer goodness is another way of saying “thank you” in advance.

Setting a Trap for Gratitude

Setting a Trap for Gratitude, Rev. Ruth Wallace

"Practice gratitude daily and your life will change in ways you can hardly imagine."

Gratitude, like the law of attraction, is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. When we feel gratitude, we feel love, joy, appreciation, humility and peace. We also attract even more experiences into our lives for which to feel grateful.

Some people believe God is constantly sending abundance to us, but the truth is, God is the abundance. When we ask for something, we are simply tapping into that abundance. It is not our job to manifest abundance; it is our job to demonstrate our abundance, by understanding that God is the abundance we seek.

The Great Fullness of Life: Part 1

Spiritual Approach to Addiction and Recovery

I have often heard the phrase “In all things, we give thanks.” I must confess that sometimes I have silently wondered, “Really? All things?” I don’t know about anyone else, but I have been met by plenty of people and experiences where giving thanks or extending gratitude was not even on my radar screen.

It is on these occasions that I recognize the invitation to return to a thankful heart, and even more than that, a return to the consciousness of gratefulness. So for the next four weeks, my invitation to you is to join me on this journey of gratefulness, or as the title says, “The Great Fullness of Life.”

Deliberate Gratitude

Deliberate is a powerful word when put into action. You can be deliberate in moving forward, stalling, even going backwards. Deliberate means intentional action. Using the power and practice of intention—with deliberation—creates a great full (grateful) life.

How deliberate is your awareness of the gifts that surround you every day? The Nigerian Hausa put it this way: Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.

Nurturing a Consciousness of Gratitude

… The consciousness of gratitude—that deep and abiding feeling of aliveness, well-being, serenity and joy—is a singular pleasure that transcends thought and circumstance. It is not a philosophical tenet or a theological doctrine to be debated and honed by rational discourse. It is not just another good idea to set alongside all the others. It is an experience that wells up from the ground of Being beyond the reach of the mind and its conceptual field. The consciousness of gratitude is not so much a way of thinking as it is a way of being. It is not something we achieve as much as allow. One thing's for sure. When you get one taste, you want more.

Choosing Gratitude

Choosing Gratitude, how to choose gratitude

“Help me learn how to pray.” It is a statement or question that as a minister, I get often. As I read the Gospels, I notice that Jesus must have also gotten that question quite a bit because so much of his teachings are on how to pray.

One lesson that Jesus gives over and over again is on the power of gratitude as a prayer. So often we think of gratitude as an effect. We say thank you after the fact. But when you read the stories of Jesus, particularly the stories of the miracles, we find him giving thanks to the Father in advance of his request.

The Great Fullness of Life: Part 4

The Great Fullness of LIfe Part 4 - Spiritual Approach to Addiction and Recovery

As I look back on the last four weeks of writing this series and reading each entry multiple times, one question keeps popping up: Now what?

Now that I have put my thoughts on paper, gained a little more clarity, expanded the capacity of my own spiritual practice of gratefulness and thankfulness, where do I go from here? I wonder if I have been changed in any way, or if I will do things a little bit differently today.

The Great Fullness of Life: Part 3

The Great Fullness of Life Part 3 - Spiritual Approach to Addiction and Recovery

“I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills ...” This is the opening sentence of the book Out of Africa, and it’s probably one of my most cherished lines from any book.

From one sentence that says so little, my attention is caught and my imagination kicks in. I begin to wonder what will come next as my curiosity builds.

Where is this story going?

Will anyone else be touched by it?