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5 great verses on gratitude

"A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles." - Steve Maraboli

Last week, I wrote a blog on why gratitude leads to a great life. In that post, I cited a psychologist named Shawn Achor who had lots to say about the importance of developing an attitude of gratitude.

The main idea was that happiness is primarily about perspective. Someone's circumstances, amount of money in the bank, or even their outer appearance does not dictate their happiness.

It is all about how they perceive the current situations in their life.

That's good news! Because we can't control a lot of situations we find ourselves in, but we can control how we look at them. Which means we are in control of our overall contentment.

Knowing this, we must meditate on God's Word and follow up on our mental understanding with spiritual maturing. So, below are 5 great bible verses on gratitude.

Read them, write them down, post them somewhere you will see them, memorize them - do whatever it takes to develop an attitude of gratitude!

1. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17: "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Don't just give thanks when you feel like it. Do it in all circumstances. Push yourself into a place of gratitude!

2. Colossians 4:2: "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful."

Many of us are watching for what could go wrong. Instead, watch for what could go right!

3. Philippians 4:6-7: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Anxiety and stress do not always have to be a factor for you. Perception is power. Give up your negative, uncontrollable situations to God and push towards the peace He provides. Which, by the way, transcends all understanding AND circumstances. You can be happy now, no matter what you're going through.

4. Ephesians 5:19-20: "speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Singing your favorite worship song is a great way to combat negativity. Don't be ashamed, Praise Him loud and proud and watch your perspective shift.

5. Psalm 106:1: Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Even when things don't feel good, know this: God is still good. He deserves our praise, thanksgiving, and gratitude. He's got a great plan for your life. Believe it.

Those are the verses. As mentioned earlier, read them, study them and post them up where you will see them every day.

In fact, if you navigate to my story I will post a couple as wall papers for your phone lock screen. Hope it helps you all out!

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