Each new dawn brings another opportunity to pray a prayer of gratitude to show gratitude and thankfulness for all that we have been blessed to receive.
Each morning when I arise, I pray a prayer of gratitude to God because I am so thankful to God for all the abundant blessings that are too many to count. I am eternally grateful for all that He gives to us. Both for our pleasure and during those times of trials and suffering.
Here are several ways that we can show gratitude to God for the beauty of His creation, during life’s lessons, during suffering, and in times that are His mercies in disguise.
Show Gratitude for the Beauty He Creates
I am so thankful for all of the beauty that is His handwriting.
I look around and think to myself –There is so much to be thankful for. And most oftentimes in the busyness of the day, we never take time to appreciate all that He gives to us each and every day.
From the laughter of a little child or the birds singing their sweet melodies, or the new morning sun that rises to greet us, or the sunset that greets us goodnight in the evening.
Do you take time to recognize all the good things that the Lord gives to us?
How about in those moments when you take a stroll along the beach, stand atop a mountain, look up to the heavens, lay beneath the stars, take a walk in the park, or simply peer out your window at the flowers that are all in bloom, consider the gentle wrestling of the trees, or in “Autumn” find joy as you marvel at the falling leaves.
All these are things beautiful gifts from God and we should always
Pause on purpose.
Just for a moment,
Notice the astounding beauty
that surrounds us.
Cherish it with gratitude
for all of creation is a gift
that is beautifully written by the hand of God.
Show Gratitude for the Blessings in the Lessons
Life is hard and I confess, it isn’t always easy to show gratitude to God when you are going through a particularly rough season in your life.
In fact, being grateful can sometimes be the furthest thing from your mind.
You may want to blame God instead of showing gratitude.
However, it is important to remember that God is not allowing you to go through a hard lesson because He wants to see you suffer.
No, on the contrary.
He has a purpose for everything that we experience, and in everything that we endure. Every tear and every sorrow felt is all intended for a higher purpose that we may not be able to understand.
But God does.
He understands that this journey called life will have all sorts of twists and turns, but we must always understand that God is good and that there are always blessings; even in the lessons.
When we learn to trust Him and follow Him in faithfulness and in obedience. We are then able to see and understand that God is trying to lead, guide, grow and transform our minds and hearts and bring us into a closer relationship with Him.
We need to learn how to recognize that through all the pain and suffering, there are lessons to be learned. And oftentimes, God is trying to teach us something within ourselves.
Learn from the storms in your life and decide to allow them to make you stronger, better and all the wiser, not bitter for having to go through them. And in time you will realize there truly was a purpose for your pain and a blessing in the lessons.
Show Gratitude During Suffering
Do you believe that there are blessings that come through immense suffering, grief, and loss?
Watching a loved one be diagnosed with terminal cancer and having to watch them go through unbearable and excruciating cancer treatments, or watching an elderly loved one’s mind slowly fade away and deteriorate from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, or having to sit back and watch someone you love slowly abuse and kill themselves from the evil addition of drug abuse; isn’t something we would call a blessing.
I know you are probably thinking to yourself, how can a blessing possibly come from such enormous pain?
I understand and happen to agree that it is a hard pill to swallow.
No one wants to be dealt the hand of sickness, disease, or death of a loved one.
Far be it, it feels more like a curse than a blessing.
As followers and faithful servants of Christ, we must understand that all suffering is due to the Fall of man and that we live in a fallen world.
The Bible reminds us in Romans 8:18: “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
This speaks of the world and its condition because of the Fall of man.
The glory of the coming future time will bear no relation to the misery of this present time.
Our Glory will be a reflective Glory, coming from Christ.
Here Paul is talking about the sufferings of the present with the glorious hope for the future.
Take heart when you are faced with suffering, disease, grief, and loss and realize that the afflictions on this side of heaven are only temporary.
Understand that while we may suffer here on earth, in this present time that all sufferings are nothing compared to the future glory anticipated.
While all affliction may not be revealed to you as a blessing of such, it is important to understand that God is a God of compassion, grace, and mercy.
When we allow Christ and His peace to rule in our hearts, therefore by allowing gratitude to overflow we are then able to find the blessing in suffering.
Psalms 145:18 is a beautiful reminder that even in the darkest of times, we can praise God for His love, His sovereignty, and His promise to be near us when we call on Him.
“The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.”
Start by thanking the Lord, for His peace in the midst of suffering which transcends all understanding, and rests assured that His love endures forever.
Show Gratitude for His Mercies in Disguise
Have you ever experienced something bad or something that seemed unlucky at first?
Maybe you lost a job, had to quit school to care for a sick loved one, had to move to another city unexpectedly, struggled to care for a handicapped child or maybe you found yourself facing a mountain of unforeseen health issues that have you feeling blindsided.
Life can be heavy at times and we don’t always understand why certain things happen to us.
It can leave us asking ourselves all kinds of questions and never really finding the answers.
That is when we need to understand that even when we can’t see the whole picture, God can.
It is important to understand that which oftentimes seems more like a burden can sometimes be God’s mercies in disguise.
God can bless us in so many ways and oftentimes we don’t understand all the ways He can bless us.
He has the divine power and ability to do all things according to His good and perfect will for our lives.
Scripture reminds us in Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Which refers to “His purpose” and not ours.
All things indeed work together for our good. Whether we recognize them or not, it is true.
It is important to note, however, that God works for good in all things. This verse does not affirm that all things are good or that all things work together for the good of all people. Rather the great promise is that God will overrule and work even though the tragedies caused by sin’s presence in the world to accomplish His purposes in the lives of those who love Him and who have responded to His call. (Expositor’s notes taken from The Women’s Study Bible NKJV.)
God has the power to take what you perceive as bad and make it good.
Maybe that job you lost was so that He may bless you with a better job. One that pays more money with more exceptional benefits.
Maybe the mere fact that you had to quit school to care for a sick loved one was so that you could spend more precious time with the one you are caring for.
Maybe the disabled child you are caring for is showing you how to have more patience and to bring you closer to God.
Maybe the health issues you are now facing are God’s way of asking you to trust and depend on Him for your healing and recovery.
God has a blessing for us in everything. Sometimes it takes a hardship such as these to open our eyes to them.
God is continuously working things out for our good and if we aren’t careful we may focus our attention on what seems like a burden that is oftentimes disguised as a blessing.
We should always remember to keep our eyes open and our hearts receptive to how God is continuously blessing us.
This is how we can find blessings in everything and during all moments.
God is good and faithful and He wants to bless us both during our ups and the downs.
He is blessing us even when we don’t even realize it.
We can show our gratitude by giving thanks to God, praising Him, blessing others, and by seeing all the blessings throughout our daily lives.
Make a declaration today to not get too distracted by other things in this world, and recognize His blessings which are His mercies in disguise that are right there in front of you.
Reflect On What God Has to Say
I have included some Bible verses to help you to meditate on today’s prayers.
May they encourage you and bless you in your journey to show gratitude each and every day.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament sheweth his handywork.” (Psalm 19:1 KJV)
“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.(” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 KJV)
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Short Prayer of Gratitude
Thank You, Father, For the abundant blessings that are too many to count. We are eternally grateful for all that You give to us. Both, for our pleasure and during those times of trials. Lord, we thank You, because we know that there are blessings; even in the lessons. And that it is all intended for a purpose. We may not always understand, but we can always trust that Your ways are higher than our ways .. May we remember to always give thanks for those blessings; that bring us immense joy, but to also give thanks for all Your blessings, that are Your mercies in disguise.