Day 12~ Gratitude You Can Feel!

Scripture reading: 3 John 1–4

Numerous secular studies and research projects attest to the health benefits of the attitude of gratitude. From better sleep to fewer medical symptoms, gratitude just seems to satisfy.
The apostle John says to his beloved sons and brothers in Christ, “I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul” (v. 2). He’s right— there’s something physically strengthening and sustaining about being joyful in the Lord and grateful for His blessings.

While living a godly life does not guarantee physical health, a healthy (spiritual) heart can do much to enhance our physical and emotional well-being. What are some reasons you think that might be the case?

We’ve been on this gratitude journey for more than ten days now. What differences have you noticed in your overall wellness and outlook?

Pray for a Grateful Heart
Heavenly God, I ask you to develop an attitude of gratitude within me so that it may be well with my soul. Show me where I’m defaulting to negativity and pride, and help me to choose gratitude for the sake of my health. Thank You! 

Life Application:

Over the years I've noticed how there are seasons of sickness and health. There are times when people come to realize how frail they are, and there are times when we couldn't be healthier. But when you're health is gone, you can sure notice how important it is, and how easy it is to take for granted. I have been blessed to not have had any major health issues, or broken bones, (so far) but I have had numerous times when I've been very sick, and a couple times when we came close to having to go to the hospital. I can remember in those times, especially when I was young, how my Mother would stay by my bed and watch over me, bringing me whatever I needed to get well. Now, as I look back on those times, I realize how much God cared for me just like my Mother did, and He gave me strength and health, and helped my Mother to know how to care for me. And as I've watched some friends who have gone through severe illnesses, I've seen how grateful we need to be every day, for the gift of health. Every day when we wake up happy, and healthy, we should thank God for His mercy, and for giving us the gift of health for another day!

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