There are many ways to look back over the last year and remember what the Lord has done. Our encouragement this week is to take some time after you review the year to set up your own altar in remembrance and gratitude for 2016.
Be encouraged to delve deeper into all that gratitude holds so that perseverance, character and hope become more and more alive within you!
When we choose gratitude in the difficulties of our lives, we are promised hope. And hope does not disappoint.
Often at this time of year, you will hear people talk about how they are trying to be intentionally grateful in preparation for Thanksgiving, but have you thought about what would happen if we actually began to thank the Lord IN all of the circumstances of our lives, whether great or difficult?" "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks IN all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thess. 4:13.
Gratitude defined is a feeling of appreciation or thanks. It's interesting that gratitude is defined as a feeling. Our feelings provide a compass for our actions (good or bad!) and are triggered by our thoughts. So we can choose to think grateful thoughts, which will create grateful feelings and perhaps even lead to actions of gratitude towards ourselves, God and others!