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23 February 2011

Progression A Morning Walk in His Garden, Figurative Children Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace, Gratitude Opens the Heart - Pass it on.

Progression on "A Morning Walk in His Garden"
3 ft by 4 ft  Oil on Canvas      

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Gratitude is defined by Wikipedia:
"Gratitude is a state or feeling of appreciation for anything. It could be a relationship, abundance, state of health, personal or public blessings, there is no limit to what gratitude could be applied to.  -  Many feel that gratitude itself has a power to it. That as we appreciate something in this way it expands"

When I looked it up in Wikipedia, I loved the last line, "That as we appreciate something in this way it expands."

YES YES YES.  I like this thought that there is a continuation that spreads and grows with a positive cycle. We have many simple things to be grateful for in every day. A few would be food, shelter and family. 

Never get so caught up in life that you take them for granted. Appreciate your family and friends. Appreciate the material blessings in life that do come your way. As you give gratitude your heart opens more to give back to others so that they receive. 

The continuum of giving and receiving provides double blessings for you and those around you.  Your joy and gratitude overflow to abundantly bless others around you. God is listening.   Gratitude has a power for sure... it expands exponentially out to the world.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”  Melody Beattie

Start your day with a shift in perspective... find something you are grateful for as you begin the day and as you end the day.


“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”   —I Thessalonians 5:18


1 comment:

Angie in AZ said...

great post! If you have not heard of or read the new book titled "One Thousand Gifts", I HIGHLY recommend it. It is one of the best books I have ever read and focuses on our relationship with God in gratitude. God has grown so much bigger in my process of reading it. The author is Ann Voskamp. She's an amazing, poetic writer. I've underlined almost the whole book! LOL! It's a must read on this subject you have presented in your post today.

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