In a fast-paced and demanding world, it can be easy to get caught up in the frenzy of daily life and overlook the simple blessings that surround us. But as Christ-followers, learning to express our gratitude to God is so crucial to our relationship with Him. Living a life of thankfulness and gratitude brings a measure of positivity and joy into every aspect of our lives – it nurtures our relationship with God, but it also encourages a positive mindset and enhances our well-being overall! The new book by Pray.com, Morning Gratitude: Inspiring Moments to Start Your Day, will help you embrace a habit of daily morning gratitude to the Lord. It takes just a few moments each day, and He will meet you right where you are as you commit to connecting with Him in a deeper way.
Read on for an excerpt from Morning Gratitude:
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
Matthew 5:9 KJV
While relationships can sometimes be difficult, we can be grateful that God has provided His peace for our lives – and He says that His peace surpasses all our human understanding could ever comprehend. Peace with God and peace with others—that is what His Spirit can bring to our lives as we ask Him into our relationships. When other people are unkind, when they say or do things that upset you, that break your trust or even your heart, being a peacemaker, as Jesus asks, may seem impossible. But when you confess to the Lord all your hurt, all your anger, and all your pain, He will come into your heart and help you to forgive, to live in peace with Him, with others, and even with yourself.
What blessings of peace have you enjoyed? What relationships has God restored in your life? Think of the delight that has come into your heart because of peace. In what past situations did you reach out to turn anger into agreement? With an attitude of gratitude, thank the Lord for helping you resolve past conﬂicts and for the fruits of joy and growth that have come from those relationships. Thank Him for the times you spend free from fear and hostility. And thank Him for the future reconciliation in your current broken relationships.
Remember that God has called you to be a peacemaker. He wants you, as far as it is possible for you, to live as a peacemaker, bringing restoration and calm to all places where there is discord and disagreement. As you work toward living amicably and in unity with everyone you can, God will also work peace into your soul and spirit. Through obedience to God’s Word and a desire to bring harmony to all your relationships, you can become a peacemaker!
God is present today, and He is listening to you as you pray for peace in every area of your life. Thank Him for His help and the ability to resolve conﬂicts. Ask Him for creative solutions to mend old bridges and build new ones, connecting people with each other and with God. Pray for peace in all your interactions; peace with your family and friends; peace at work with your superiors and your colleagues; peace in every area, every aspect, and every relationship in your life. And give thanks to God when He brings it to pass.
God, I praise You for Your peace, which surpasses all understanding. Your peace overcomes all circumstances, all fear and doubts. God, I worship You for giving me the ability to be a peacemaker. I praise You for calling me Your child. I know that You love me and that You have already provided a resolution to all conflict. Amen.
Do you find yourself lagging in the morning, with little to no energy? Or maybe not being able to bounce back from life’s demands as easily as you once did? Are you ready for a change?
Adding a morning gratitude practice to your everyday routine will energize you and make you more resilient. It’s even said that it can help you live longer! Morning Gratitude: Inspiring Moments to Start Your Day will help you obtain the optimistic outlook you’ve always wanted while building a habit of thankfulness that will bring you true joy and peace every day for the rest of your life.
With 100 entries that include a Scripture passage, devotion, written prayer, and prompt of praise, this companion for mornings with God will jumpstart your day in a positive way. As you reflect on His Word, you’ll start to notice His blessings all around you, giving you the energy and strength to face each day with joy and courage.
Whether you’ve been following God for a while or are just starting your journey, the daily readings in Morning Gratitude will help you to align yourself with the promises of God and build deep lines of communication with your Creator.
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