Words of Hope: The Most Important Daily Decision  

I recently researched the benefits of gratitude. I am still surprised how overwhelmingly transformative gratitude is to our health and wellbeing, to our relationships, and to every aspect of our life.  

Even though I know this, sometimes I wake up without saying “thank you” and praising the Lord, or worse I rush to my work without solidifying my mindset in prayer and praise, and at the very worst I open the news.  

Gratitude unites my mind and heart to God and realigns my mission and purpose. One of the verses I memorized as Dad died reminded me to set my mind on things above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  

When my mind is focused on the things of God, as I count my blessings, as I remember what God has done, I can feel complete confidence that His strength and peace will guard my mind and heart and keep me in Love’s presence.  

As Thanksgiving is a time of such busyness, heavy with tasks, it is important to my mission of a loving home that I start the day with this attitude of gratitude. If I want love around the table, I must have love in my heart. More important than the preparation of the food and the discipline of a clean house is the dedication to prepare my heart and mind for God to be present.

Is it any wonder that we say grace which includes gratitude for our food? Knowing the healthful properties, saying thanks transforms food into something life giving and the table a space for nourishment for more than just our hunger. We get to claim the spiritual blessings.  

 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. – Ephesians 1:3-6