Heart of Gratitude

"Having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude." Colossians 2:7 
Here we are and Christmas is right around the corner. Holidays look a lot different this year than ever before and normal seems like it will never get here. Even though this year has come with a lot of trials, what if at the end of the day we would focus on what we have to be grateful for?! Have you ever heard of the phrase, "What you focus on grows." Well, it isn't more true. When you focus on all that has gone wrong or what might go wrong, more will tend to go wrong. If you wake up thanking God for all you DO have, then that suddenly becomes your focus. Did you know that speaking those things out loud is even MORE powerful?!  I woke up this morning. My kids are healthy. I have a roof over my head. I have a family that loves me. I have a God that is faithful. Wow! Life is pretty great I would say. Maybe you are not so blessed with all of that. Maybe some decisions in your life has lead you down a path leaving you feeling extremely alone. Well, I have some great news. I know a God that is always there. One who's love is unconditional. One that is faithful and no matter what, will never leave us nor forsake us. One who loves YOU and created you for Him to love Him. So if you find yourself wondering what exactly you have to be grateful for....Him. How he has brought you through your most difficult times and how He will do it again.

Dear Heavenly Father, give me a heart of gratefulness. When I wake up every day, help remind me of all the good that is in my life and to focus on it continually. I am sorry for always focusing on the negative and letting the devil have his way with me and my mind. He can no longer have control and I give it to you. Thank you so much for all you are and all you have blessed me with. I love you so much. In your son's name, amen.