28 Quotes on being thankful

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Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
― William Arthur Ward

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. – H. U. Westermayer

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. – Psalm 95:1-5

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say, ‘Thank you?’ – William Ward

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. – Psalm 100:1-5

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John F. Kennedy

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude. – Robert Brault

Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. – 1 Chronicles 16:8

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. – G.K. Chesterton

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. – 1 Chronicles 16:34

The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! – Henry Ward Beecher

I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. – Psalm 7:17

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all. – William Faulkner

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. In that day you will say: ‘Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.’ – Isaiah 12:3-5

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily. – Gerald Good

From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained. – Jeremiah 30:19

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much. – Estonian Proverb

Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? – 1 Corinthians 10:16

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. – Eric Hoffer

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. – 2 Corinthians 9:10-12

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? – George Canning

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. – Ephesians 1:15-16

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart. – Henry Clay

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. – Ephesians 5:3-4

The grateful person, being still the most severe exacter of himself, not only confesses, but proclaims, his debts. – Robert South

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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. – Philippians 4:6-7

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. – William Arthur Ward

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers. – Philemon 1:4

New Life Live: August 24, 2012

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  1. My daughter is having marital problems; how much should we meddle? 
  2. When does grace become enabling? My husband has a sexual addiction. 
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Prayers of Gratitude for God’s Healing Hand

Thank you Lord for saving me, a child worn and tattered. I never thought my life was worth, anything that mattered. “I gave you breath! How dare you, child! My choice to give you life, and nurture you each day through, until you had a voice. You’re not so worn as you might think, your edges needed rounding. So through my grace and loving hands, you have a voice that’s sounded. For when you pray, I hear your soul, and in my heart, you’re home. So keep on praying – needfully – because you are MY OWN!!!

The Long Dusty Road

You’ve called me back from the long dusty road
That I traveled so long carrying quite a large load.
Guilt was my cargo and shame tied the knots,
On every bag of garbage I believed was just my lot.

It somehow seems strange that today when I looked,
The baggage seems lighter, and my back is not so crooked.
Is it possible that God could see, I’d grown bent beneath the weight
Of all the burden I believed was mine, and maybe it’s not too late?

To come home to the Master, while His arms he’ll open wide
To let me in so I can know, I no longer need to hide.
His grace is bigger than all the earth, and a drop of it he gave,
When I prayed, “Dear father, help me please”, and then I did obey.

He reached right down and with his hand, he loosened all the knots,
And what fell out was all that shame, and the guilt rolled out on top.
The pile was high, I could barely see, and I feared the worst would come,
“You’re not good enough, I’ll throw you back, I’m looking for the One –

Who’s clean inside and has no sin – it’s not you I’m looking for!”
But just then when I looked again – the pile fell to the floor.
The pile now was only dust, no more, the guilt and shame were gone.
With one deep breath, God blew away the burdens I had worn.

On my back were angel’s wings, I felt lighter than a feather –
And when I looked into His face, I clearly saw my Father.
“Child”, he said, “it saddens me, the road you walked was long –
But my heart leaps today with joy, for your burdens now are gone!”

So each day when the load feels heavy
And you’re weighted down with stuff,
Look into God’s glorious face
And know you are enough!!

Praying for Others

Steve Arterburn

Here’s a great principle of prayer: You can do a great deal for people after you pray for them but little of lasting value until you pray for them.  

I don’t think I need to argue about the value of praying for your spouse, kids, and friends.  But sometimes in our busy culture it’s tough to clear your mind and get started.  So let’s look to a man who knew the value of prayer.  The apostle Paul begins many of his letters with a helpful pattern.  

If you look at his letter to the Philippians, for instance, you’ll see it begins with a blessing of grace and peace.  Grace is the reason for our salvation and peace is the result.  Paul then gives thanks for the Philippian believers.  Cherish the work that God’s doing in and through others.  Next Paul makes requests to aid the spiritual growth of his friends.  He wants them to grow in their love, knowledge, and understanding of Christ.  Last, Paul prays that they’d behave in a manner that honors God in light of coming judgment.  This isn’t a fear tactic but a reminder to live for the ultimate goal of heaven, not the short-term rewards of comfort and pleasure.  

God loves it when we come to him in prayer.  Will you select one person that God has placed on your heart, and write a prayer for them?  For help, look to Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

Accepting Forgiveness

Steve Arterburn

Many of you struggle with a lingering sense of guilt, even after you’ve asked God to forgive you for your sin and you know in your mind that you’re forgiven. The truth is we need to learn to accept God’s forgiveness. ‘In Jesus Christ, I am forgiven.’ This is a statement you make by faith; and as feelings arise that contradict it, affirm it again and again ‘ ‘In Jesus Christ I am forgiven’.

If you think about it, mistakes aren’t just sources of shame in your life; they’re also avenues for grace. Remember why Christ came. Yes, you are a real sinner. But, you have a real Savior! He came to live and die and be raised again so that your sins would be forgiven.

Don’t let your failures discourage you from making an effort. Grace opposes earning, but it doesn’t oppose effort. Don’t think: ‘If I try harder, I will never fail again.’ Instead, think: ‘Even though I might fail, I’m going to try, and by God’s grace, I will go forward. I’ll make progress.’

When you find yourself struggling with accepting God’s forgiveness, take a look at what the Bible says about forgiveness. Then write a letter of what you would say to your wife, your children, or a good friend who was struggling with not feeling forgiven. When you finish, read the letter to yourself, and ask the Holy Spirit to apply the truth of God’s promises to your heart.

Cost Of Discipleship, Part One

Steve Arterburn

Dietrich Bonhoeffer has been widely recognized as one of the great moral heroes of the twentieth century, and rightly so. He was a highly regarded Lutheran minister at a time when other highly regarded Christian leaders’were compromising and making sure they didn’t make any waves against Hitler’s aggressive, tyrammical power. Bonhoeffer was among the few who resisted. And you know, resistance usually has its costs’Bonhoeffer’s cost everything. He was arrested, imprisoned, and eventually hung on April 9, 1945′less than a month before the war’s end.

 

Yet Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s resistance was more than moral, it was Christian. It was grounded, shaped, and energized by the gospel, and by Bonhoeffer’s loving loyalty to the Lord of that gospel: Jesus Christ.

 

Amidst the tumultuous times of his day, Bonhoeffer wrote a book that has since become a Christian classic. It’s called The Cost of Discipleship. In it he contrasts what he calls ‘cheap and costly grace.’ Cheap grace, for Bonhoeffer, means grace without the cross. Costly grace, by way of contrast, is a grace that comes to us freely because it cost Christ his life’and that which is costly to God must never be seen as something that comes to us without a price.

 

Bonhoeffer’s point, men, is that the gospel makes a claim upon every aspect of our lives. It’s received freely, yet demands sacrificial discipleship as our response.

 

Is your understanding of the gospel comparable to Bonhoeffer’s? If it isn’t, give it some thought.

Cost Of Discipleship, Part Two

Steve Arterburn

Yesterday I spoke about Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the difference between what he called ‘cheap and costly grace.’ Unlike Bonhoeffer, most of us probably won’t be called to martyrdom. But all of us are called to lay down our lives as living sacrifices in response to the grace given to us by our living God. All of us, in other words, are called to acknowledge that there’s a cost to Christian discipleship.

  • It costs very little to attend church, join a men’s group, or go to a conference for Christian men. But it costs a great deal to come home and remain committed to following Christ when it means loving your family sacrificially.

 

  • It costs very little to avoid pornographic magazines, videos and websites. But it costs much more to submit your mind and eyes to purity on a moment-by-moment basis.
  • It costs something to send your children to Christian schools to be taught from a Christian world view. But it costs a lot more to live by example before your children’to shepherd their hearts with wisdom, consistency, strength, and compassion.
  • It costs something to insist that your kids dress modestly. But it costs a lot more to help them to think and act modestly — with humility of spirit.

So, Christian man’husband’dad’where do you stand? Are you comfortable? Have you made too much peace with sin? If so, I challenge you to think about the cost of Christian discipleship, and be willing to spend what it takes to be a true disciple.     

Your Wife's Weaknesses

Stephen Arterburn

Men, your wife’s weaknesses can create impasses that threaten oneness in your marriage, can’t they? Okay. So the next question should be: what can you do to address these impasses and facilitate unity? Surely, as her leader, you could demand that she straighten up and fly right? But it won’t help. In fact, it will probably make matters much worse. Surely you can find a more effective way to help her when she needs your support. Why not lay down your rights as the leader and graciously love her through these impasses?

 

Your wife’s weaknesses are as much a part of her as her gifts are, so you must not trample upon either of them. You love yourself and handle your own weaknesses with mercy and grace, don’t you? You hope others will make allowances and work patiently with them as you do, right? So allow your wife’s weaknesses to be expressed as freely as yours are. Then, in grace, work together in kindness and diligence at the impasse.

 

Guys, if your approach has been to crow like a rooster over every one of your wife’s imperfections, the time has come for you to eat some crow. Confess your unloving attitude to God and to her, and watch what happens. If she’s like 98 percent of all women, she’ll draw closer to you, and your relationship will continue to grow for as long as you appreciate and accept her’imperfections, weaknesses, and all. 

Honor This Sacrifice

Stephen Arterburn

Becoming God’s man hinges upon what motivates us. Scripture is clear regarding what should motivate us: Gratitude for the all-sufficient sacrifice of Jesus Christ—in every aspect of life. 

God’s beloved Son, Jesus, gave His life as a sacrifice so that we could have eternal life with God. It sounds funny but life is in Christ’s death. Second Corinthians 5:15 says: “He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”

 Commenting on this theme back in the late 1800s, British preacher Charles Spurgeon said that, ultimately, there was only one motivation strong enough to give us vitality and staying power in the Christian life: “The most potent motive for holiness is free grace and we should be moved by gratitude to a height of dedication and purity and obedience that mere legalism can never know.” Hear that, guys: gratitude for grace. Our life in Christ isn’t something we can earn, but in God’s grace. And for this we need to express gratitude daily. I pray this good news will liberate you as you follow the One who, by grace, has brought you from death to life.

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