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Many of us prior to Thanksgiving, embarked on a daily practice of gratitude. So now that the Thanksgiving holiday is over, will it be a habit we continue to practice? If not, then why not? And if so, then why?

Practicing and being conscientious of the abundance and blessings in one’s life actually contributes to our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being, as we are multi-dimensional and our being is interconnected. When we conscientiously care for our being, ourselves, it is called ‘self-care’. 

Being Christian, we acknowledge our Biblical knowledge of how we are to ‘die to ourselves‘ in multitudinous ways, however if we do not live intentionally whether in service to others and to the Lord and with our own schedule and wellbeing, and in deliberate self-care practices, we may find ourselves in a state of overwhelm, frustration, stress and dis-ease

Surrendering ourselves to the Lordship of Christ in all areas of our lives is what brings peace, balance and contentment. Many of us discovered in our practice of gratitude, that peace, joy, more evidence of the fruit of the spirit and a sense of God orchestrating and leading more of our activities and appointments, were by-products. And these bring more ‘ease’ into our daily lives, diminishing the degree of dis-ease or lack of wellness. 

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Have you thought about the practice of gratitude being a ‘self-care’ habit? For this Health Coach, it has been and I have no intention of stopping now. I find myself almost lifted to new  spiritual growth and awareness of God’s Presence with me and in my life when I am practicing gratitude. I do it when walking the dog and find myself alone in a large park area so I can speak it out loud. I practice it through singing and worship and sometimes dancing when alone at home. I practice it verbally when reading the Word and what delights me is that I am discovering how often I do it silently when driving or going about daily errands. A huge benefit as well is how quickly I realize when I am NOT speaking with gratitude but with grumbling or complaints. I so appreciate the Holy Spirit’s quick prompting so that I can break agreement with the complaints, repent and again break forth with thanks.

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So as everyday self-care can include drinking more pure liquids such as water, eating a rainbow of colored fruits and vegetables,  exercising a minimum of 30 minutes per day, spending daily time outdoors, let’s intentionally add the practice of gratitude and enhance the quality and quantity of the life which God lends to us to serve him and others. 

What changes have come about for you from your daily practice of gratitude? Please share.

Recommended Links: 

21 days of gratitude

56 Bible verses about gratitude

The attitude of gratitude: A Bible Study suggestion

Gratitude Songs

Grateful even when it hurts

How to cultivate gratitude this holiday season

Lifestyle Wellness Coaching

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