April 1, 2017

From facebook site:  Old Paths w/a Twist of Time.

Of all the heavenly gifts we have to be thankful for, one of the most frequently overlooked is the gift of gratitude. From ants to elephants, God has poured out his blessings on all his creatures. But to humankind alone he has reserved the ability to combine reason and imagination to express thankfulness. G. K. Chesterton even claimed that giving thanks is the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

 Here are three practices to help develop this God-given ability to “always thank God” (1Th 1:2):

  1. Count your blessings—Honing your skill of thanksgiving requires that you expand your capacity to pay attention. I doubt that there is such a thing as a measure of spirituality, but if there is, gratitude would be it. Only the grateful are paying attention. They are grateful because they pay attention, and they pay attention because they are so grateful.

 Make a list every week of five to ten blessings you’ve noticed in your life, numbering each item and listing them only once. Review your list and say a prayer of thanksgiving for each item.

  1. Say grace—Throughout history, Christians have made a habit of “saying grace,” a short prayer recited before a meal to give thanks for their food. While you should continue that discipline (or take it up anew), you might find it helpful to expand the range of when you “say grace.” To quote Chesterton again,

  You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.

  1. Say thanks for your neighbor—Want to make others feel appreciated and share the power of gratitude? Make a habit of contacting someone each week—in person, by phone or through email or social media—and let them know you are grateful they are in your life. The results might surprise you!

Let me heartily reading G.K. Chesterton, the Victorian references and people quoted are dated but the material is priceless. You can even join the Chesterton Society if you get full tilt into it.

God bless from

Remember Joe and his shoulder, pray for insurance approval for surgery

Remember Steve L and peace and calmness

Paul K, surgery this June.

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