“ Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I first planned to write this post, I imagined that I would write about why I was grateful, but it dawned on me that many people have difficulty with gratitude. Giving thanks and showing gratitude and praise can be difficult when we are burdened with the issues of the world. How do you show gratitude when you feel like you have nothing to be grateful for?
The issues of life can mask the miracle workers that have been set on our path. They say that it easier to see the bad then it is to see the good…maybe that’s because of our inherent evil nature, I don’t know.
What I do know is that sometimes, when you haven’t personally seen God’s faithfulness in your life or season, you think it doesn’t exist, and you believe the lie that there is NOTHING and NO-ONE in your life worth being thankful for, forgetting that life itself is a gift.
Praising God In The Hills & Valleys
So in this season of thanksgiving, I am encouraging you to take on a lifestyle of praise and worship to God. In good times and bad times, yell out just how good God is. Let the devil know that even as you walk through the shadow of the valley of death, you shall fear no evil because you serve a mighty God.
Talk about God like He is the most beautiful, creative, loving, strong person that you have ever met…because He is. Allow the thought of God to make you excited and filled with joy. Praise, worship, praise, worship and repeat…no intermission.
Even in the midst of tears running down my face ( not tears of joy), I have praised God and have seen His faithfulness. Never underestimate the power of worship. There is a reason why the devil tries to steal our worship; it breaks chains that hold us back. Look at Paul and Silas story for example…
“ After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.” Like Paul and Silas, your continual worship even in the hardest of time will infact breaks down barriers.” Acts 16:23-26
How To Praise
In times that you find it hard to praise God, these are the times that you should praise Him the most. Don’t wait for a feeling to start using your words to praise God. Don’t wait for another opportunity any longer.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100
I can find myself thanking God for things and opportunity more-so than people. In the past, I have found it difficult to show my thankfulness for the people in my life, but I realized that there is power in showing gratitude towards those around you. No matter where you may stand with a person, their placement in your life served a purpose.
God has used various people in your life to get you to where you are, and it can become easy to take them for granted. But God is in the business of people and so should you.
So as we begin this season of Thanksgiving, I have a challenge for you…. you ready!
Th Challenge runs from now until the end of November, that is exactly 25 days. I want you to praise God for one person in your life each day. Praise God for bringing the person in your life, cover them in prayer and reach out to them to thank them.
That’s 3 steps
I have created a Gratitude challenge printable that will help you keep track of all those that you are praying for. Go ahead and download it by clicking on the “Free Resource Library” tab. Need the password? click on the subscribe button on the sidebar —> and you will be sent the password.
Let’s keep each other accountable, thumbs up or comment down below if you will join me on this Gratitude challenge. Share this challenge with your family and friends, and use #kytGratitudeChallenge on social media.