Gratefulness was more than just an attitude or a feeling- it was a powerful tool and principle to position, to promote and bring you to a place of wellness.

Whatever you appreciate, appreciates!
When we praise there is always provision by God’s presence.
Psalms 34:1, I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

The only way I can praise or have an attitude of gratitude in all things is by His grace (kindness and favor). Like the Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:10, and you must develop this mentality:

But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

When grace is your case, you are non-judgmental of:

Romans 3:23,24 tells us, For ALL have sinned (missed the mark; had a mistaken identity) and come short of the glory of God. Verse 24: Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Don’t ever underestimate the power and strength of grace!
Gratitude is the confirmation of relationship.
Gratitude is rooted in grace.
Without grace, we cannot truly be thankful and appreciative.
So, when I am gracious, which literally means, ENJOYING FAVOR,I am grateful.

You want favor BUT you won’t get it with a nasty spirit and attitude.
You must make a conscious decision to look at what is right and appreciate it.
I like this expression: Gratefulness means experiencing GREAT-FULNESS (Felling Full in every moment).

Appreciating exactly what is happiness is NOT what makes us grateful! It is GRATEFULNESS that makes us happy… Why? Because attitudes effect atmospheres and atmospheres influence actions.

Bad attitude = Bad atmosphere = Bad action
But like the woman who came to worship JUST TO SAY THANK YOU TO JESUS FOR ALL HE HAD DONE with her alabaster box in Mark 14:3-9
You too can change an atmosphere in your home, in the church, in your workplace, in the world… with an attitude of gratitude!

She walked into a hostile environment with 1 purpose: TO SAY THANK YOU.

Some think it’s Mary, the sister of Lazarus (who died and was raised from the dead by Jesus).
Others believe it to be Mary Magdalene.
Her life had been transformed by Jesus…
He had delivered her from seven demons that dominated her! Mary totally dedicated herself to Jesus and his cause…
Either way it shows me it was a woman who is deeply appreciative and grateful to God for his goodness.

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