It may sound cliche’, but do you have an Attitude of Gratitude?
I’m finally home in San Diego after a week of busy traveling and I went back to back from 4 days in Texas for a personal growth conference, to 4 days in New Mexico caring for my niece and nephew while my sister was away for business. To say that past week has been a whirlwind would be an understatement!
While at my conference I uncovered some deep-seeded roots of things I’ve been holding onto or blocking myself from when it comes to feeling the fullness of the goodness of God and all that He wants for each of our lives.
I came to realize a few life-changing realizations that I think you might relate to as well:
- I have not been ALLOWING good things into my life. In fact, I have been RESISTING and blocking them in many areas.
- I have unresolved issues of PRIDE that have gone undiagnosed and untreated.
I have NOT been practicing a FULL Attitude of Gratitude for all the things in my life and I’ve taken many things for granted.
- When you have these “awakenings” to areas that you’d been in denial about, or not able to see them for the truth of what they are, it’s both liberating and scary. Now you’re faced with the undeniable fact that you MUST find a way to begin addressing, forgiving and releasing their hold on you if you want to receive God’s true JOY–but that’s not always easy!
We’ve gotten to used to that old way of thinking. Those old habits and routines that perpetuated our thoughts, emotions and behaviors. But the good news is WE ARE ADAPTABLE! God gave us the ability to change! He made our brains pliable and literally adaptable (called brain plasticity) which allows us to not only change or heal the old, but actively create and mold the new!
What grace! What a gift! What a miracle!!
So let’s talk about HOW to change all of that. How to adapt an Attitude of Gratitude that will allow us to experience deeper more intimate relationship with God, and can be cultivated and grown into a full life-changing experience of the fullness of joy that God created us to experience.
How to cultivate more JOY into your life:
- Start a daily written practice of what you are grateful for, on a daily basis. (I prefer nightly journaling just before bed to reflect and analyze your day.)
- Start your morning with a prayer asking God to open your heart and mind to see all of the things you can be grateful for that day.
- Begin a Bible study on Gratitude. Either a formal study, or do a google search on verses about gratitude that you can read, study and begin to memorize.
- Pray before every meal, no exceptions. Thanking God for what you’re about to eat, the miracle of convenience you experienced to have your meal before you, and the hands and processes that had taken place to get each item now resting on your plate.
- Ask God to show and reveal to you ways in which you are blocking or blinding yourself from being grateful and what negativity or pessimism is creeping into your mind and destroying your experience of true joy.
>> I’d love to hear how you’re planning to begin cultivating a culture of Gratitude and what realizations you may have had that are holding you back. Praying for you to grow in your self-awareness, self-love and deepening relationship with the Creator of the Universe, our Heavenly Father.
Your sister in Christ,
P.S. If you’re needing additional help or “another pair of eyes” to help you examine what might be blocking or holding you back, I’m here for you. My mission to love others and help them grow in their calling, self-love and love of Christ is my greatest desire. I’d love to be that help for you. Schedule a complimentary 1:1 strategy session with me here.