1. Hello Rachel, I’m beginning a more intentional practice of gratitude this summer. Thanks for the encouragement!

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      Hi Sarah, I hope you find the download useful for your summer of gratitude. What a great way to spend the summer.

  2. I’m with you Rachel, when my hopes were dashed, I just kept waiting but not focusing on prayers as already answered and on the way. I’m not a bright side kind of girl but I’ve learned to be, because whatever the enemy throws at you, it could have been worse. Prayer breathing works, I know being thankful will, His love never fails.

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      Hi Rebecca, yes, His love never fails and we have to hold onto knowing He takes care or us and holds us in His hands. That’s something to be thankful for, too. 🙂

  3. Dear Rachel,
    Today’s message is just down my alley. If I may add as a note of further encouragement allow me. My sister would once call me Baby Grumbles when in my teens..i guess i may have earned that monicker with my constant disgruntles at life.
    Somewhere down the road a sense of uncontainable overwhelming gratitude just took over and i simply cannot help thanking God for sooooo much in my life.
    There have been many situations in my life that ,as from an onlooking third person’s point of view ,they kind of pity me…which i so can’t understand.
    Yes, perhaps because i have spent a greater part of my life beginning from my almost graduating year and on from there in taking care of my father diagnosed with Alzheimers my Mother only for 6 months in her old age mishap and now right into my eldest sister who they say has dementia- like problem .
    Being so thankful to be able to be a part of their lives is my greatest joy. I wouldn’t want less.
    I have a column in a newspaper which I ‘ve titled’ In Appreciation of the Simple pleasures of Life’ particularly talking of the most simplest of experiences in my life that have brought so much joy. I had this urge to fo this as , having yo wake up and read the most depressing of news every day is in deed a drag -me -down. So in the midst of it all, i would like people to read of things that we tend to forget or overlook.
    I really didn’t know this was a form of stress-buster, but I sure am glad that I ‘ve been blessed.
    I loved tour post today. May it be a greater blessing to all you read it.

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      Zeena, I love the title of your column. What an amazing transformation God made in your life. And, now you give glory to Him through being grateful in the most difficult of circumstances and teaching others how to be thankful, too.

  4. I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal for several years and can see that it is teaching me to be more focused on thankfulness in my prayer life and in my overall view of the world.

  5. Rachel, This is a great reminder. I think it is so true that there are many things that affect our physical health. Thank you for the reminder that thankfulness is one of the things that is good for us!

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