An Attitude of Gratitude

by Danielle Boardley
Being thankful, even when we don't feel like it.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

Gratitude is a spiritual practice of seeing and celebrating the good in the world around you. This is easier said than done, especially during these times. Like many others, I’m at home adjusting to spending the majority of my days indoors: working from the desk that I’ve tucked into a corner in my dining room, challenging my children to only use their electronics for short periods outside of their schoolwork, and waiting for my husband to get home to tell me about his adventures, since his work site is considered essential. This shift in my routines feels uncomfortable, makes me uneasy, and is trying to steal my focus.

This new, temporary normal, doesn’t come without its fair share of things to worry over. Oftentimes what’s on the television, social media, and even our own stinkin’ thinkin’ (as my Grandmother would say), does a decent job at getting us to fixate on the negative. We begin to lose sight of the promises of Jesus.

Learning to recalibrate and notice the good takes practice. Fortunately, when we flex our gratitude muscles, our ability to be grateful develops and gets stronger. In being intentional about finding the good—despite what things look like—we should lean into God’s word to help us discover what it is we should be focusing on.

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)

Every day will not be perfect, but I'm learning that in everything I do, an attitude of gratitude, praise, and worship can change my mindset from focusing on me—and whatever is out there in the world that I have no control over—to focusing on the One, True God who has promised to provide for ALL of my needs.

Shifting away from the fear of the unknown, which is the opposite of faith, and adjusting our attitudes towards gratitude can be accomplished by simply noticing what is good in the world around us. We do not have to feel crippled or stymied by our fears. Once there is a shift in focus, we might find that good things will start springing up. The thought alone that God sees us and cares for us is encouraging and can carry us through anything.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

To view the sermon that inspired this post, go here.

By Danielle Boardley
Danielle, along with her husband Dominic and children, moved to NJ in April 2014 and began attending Kingsway shortly thereafter. Quickly accepting the invitation to go through Growth Track, they learned more about the church, their spiritual strengths, and landed on the Worship Arts team. Danielle values spending quality time with her family and finding ways to express herself creatively. Joining the Kingsway blog team was yet another exciting opportunity to serve through creative expression. Her love of writing began in her youth when she was introduced to the works of Maya Angelou. Inspired by her prose, Danielle published a book of poetry in 2007.

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