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Virtue: Gratitude

A L W A Y S…OVERflowing?  Um, not this morning.  I didn’t see an ounce of thankfulness OR giving thanks this morning on our drive to school as I attempted to talk about today’s virtue.  The “attitude of gratitude” was no where to be found.

The fastest way to shift an attitude or gain a new perspective is appreciation.  3 simple ways to do this are:

Look for the good — identify 3 things.
Speak 5 things you’re grateful for.
Write a gratitude list — 10 blessings.

I do this frequently.  I encourage my children to do this often.  I coach others out of pity parties with this method.

Gratitude is the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful — being is to live and breath, to do, to continue, to always.  To remain and stay and stand grateful and thankful.  WOW…what a wonderful place to rest, in gratitude…

…IF ONLY it were that easy.

Unfortunately our “humanness” kicks in and blinders cover our eyes.  Sadly selfishness takes over and we focus on what we “don’t have” not what we have.  This is real, but we can all grow in this virtue.  Our children can grow in this area as we lead by example.

I am grateful for these 31 Biblical Virtues — God is revealing Himself to me in a special, gracious way as I seek to learn and understand Him more.

“always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Ephesians 5:20

Every good and perfect gift is from above

“rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:7

I pray, “Help my children to live lives that are always overflowing with thankfulness and always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. And Father, open my eyes to see even the smallest of things to be grateful for. Amen.


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Teri is a writer, speaker, and sought-after personal growth expert. She enjoys running and taking pictures. Great conversations while sipping coffee and soaking up as many sunsets as she can, make her tick. She's passionate about helping others; an encourager and a cheerleader to many. Teri lives a joy-filled life deeply devoted to her husband, her two boys, and her relationship with God.
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  1. Amy Alves says:

    I love learning gratitude! Not just intellectually, but in real daily living… so it deepens down into my heart! Wonderful, thank you for sharing! -Blessings girl, Amy

    1. Teri says:

      I know!! looking at the smallest things and seeing the significance — we are SO SO blessed!! =)

  2. How lucky are your kids (& husband) to have you! Your vulnerabilty and willingness to show your flaws inspires us all to go for it. Let can do it too…

    1. Teri says:

      You’re SO sweet Rowena!! Thank you for sharing…I’m a broken BEAUTIFUL mess lol — I hope you’re doing well. Missing the videos…. maybe I will be back soon. =)

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