Gratitude takes practice.
Gratitude takes practice. And that’s actually a good thing. Did you know that when we learn to physically stop our mind in the middle of an anxious thought and CHOOSE to think about something we are thankful for it does something inside our brains? We can actually re-train our brains.
This is powerful information, y’all. I’m not saying it will be easy. But God made us to be renewed, changed, transformed…He never created us to leave us as we are. The very act of PRACTICING gratitude can have a powerful impact on our minds, our physical health and our emotions. Practice means a repeated activity to improve some certain skill. Practice doesn’t usually mean “easy” but it will get easier eventually. Start today. When you begin to worry, recognize it and instead make yourself start naming things you are thankful for.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer & petition, WITH THANKSGIVING, take your requests to God, and the PEACE OF GOD, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7.
Stop for a moment. Stop the racing thoughts. Stop the worry. Take a deep breath and start naming (or even writing) your blessings. The big things, the small things.
Gratitude just might change your life.