Make it a routine. I wake up every day passionately grateful. It’s gotten to a point in my life where I can’t move a step without doing so. I feel as if I am missing something if I don’t write down everything that I am grateful for from the moment I wake up in the morning. You know that feeling you get when you’re missing something? Well, that’s how I feel if I don’t express gratitude every day. I feel as if I forgot something! I am passionately grateful and it’s gotten me through the worst times of my life.
Acknowledge the negative, too. I am grateful for so many things but one of the biggest things that jumps out at me is when my husband got shot. I remember thanking the “man” that shot him. If I could see him in person, I would thank him for shooting my husband in the leg instead of in the chest or the head. My husband is alive today. He survived a shooting to the lower part of his leg. He was shot with a double gauge shot gun that had approximately 500 pellets each. His lower leg was literally blown apart and not one pellet hit his main artery. He underwent countless hours of surgery and over 3 weeks in trauma. Move forward 10 years, he’s still got pellets in his leg today. Keyword “his leg” he still has a leg. Some may hear that and say, “Is she crazy?” How could she thank the “man” that shot her husband? Well, I did. I don’t have any ill will towards him. I am just grateful that my husband is alive and still has his leg. My Father GOD will deal with said “man” in due time. He is also a son of GOD and only they know what that “man” went through in his life that he felt the need to rob and then shoot my husband in the leg. I feel for him. I really do. I realize that his is a little extreme but I just wanted to share where gratitude can take you and how it can change you. I could’ve been bitter, sour, angry, vindictive but I wasn’t, I chose to be grateful! Thank GOD that “shootings” don’t happen every day in our lives but there is still plenty to be grateful for. On everyday gratitude…. my morning journaling starts something like this.
Select a time to write every day – make it a habit. Father GOD, Thank you! Thank you for giving me life this morning. Thank you for protecting my children, husband and myself. Thank you for getting my husband up for work every morning at 5:30AM for the last 20+ years and for keeping him safe while at work. Thank you Father for Blessing me much more than I deserve. Thank you, Father, for this day, for giving me the opportunity to get up and to try to get it right again. Thank you, Father, for the health that you have Blessed us with Father. Thank you, Father, for the bed that I slept on, the pillows that I put my head on, the roof over my head, the food in the refrigerator, the car that I drive to work. Thank you, Father, for protecting my children and for getting them home safely every day. Thank you, Father for my Mother’s health. Thank you, Father, for all the clients that continue to do business with us and Thank You Father for COFFEE. Yes, I am sooooooooooooooo grateful for COFFEE! Thank you, Father, for all the doors of opportunity that you have opened for us and continue to open for us. Thank you, Father, for healing my husband and for restoring our marriage. Father GOD Thank you for getting all those people out of our lives that weren’t loyal to us. Thank you, Father, for getting all those people out of our lives that were envious and secretly wished us bad. Thank you, Father, for removing them from our lives and in return for bringing us the peace that we needed. Thank you, Father, for all our Blessings! In your son Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen. There is so much more but this is just the main gist of it.
Gratitude in advance is the most powerful creative force in the Universe! After I thank my heavenly Father for all my Blessings, I start thanking him for all the Blessings that are coming. Write in detail! Father GOD, thank you, thank you that our home is selling for xxxx (not into full disclosure with the world just yet) by October 2017. Father GOD thank you that Hilton Hotels hired us for the demo and trashouts of 650 units this month. Father GOD Thank you for ABC Client that started sending us business today. Father GOD thank you for my son’s promotion that is coming to him this December when he graduates with his MBA with a 50% raise. Father GOD, thank you for Blessing us with your favor, with an abundance of health, happiness, love, peace and prosperity. Father GOD, thank you for continuing to get those people out of our lives that are not 100% loyal to us or those who secretly envy us or wish us bad. Thank you for Father for our continued Health, Love, Happiness, Sex (The Lord our Father wants us to enjoy and love sex with our spouses) and Thank you, Father, for Prosperity. In your loving and precious son Jesus I pray, Amen.
Lastly, gratitude can boost dopamine and serotonin, just like antidepressants. Say “NO” to drugs and yes to “Gratitude”.