Gratitude/ Holiness

How Gratitude Magnifies God

Find out how gratitude magnifies God and why we should be doing it more often!

I don’t know about you but when my kids are greedy, demanding and act unthankful it doesn’t make me want to do much for them.

When I feel unappreciated, undervalued or rarely receive a thank you it does not motivate me to give more of myself to them.

Yet many times we often find ourselves still serving our family. Still giving ourselves to our family whether they deserve it or not.

We do our best to train the correct behaviors that we want to see but we don’t stop giving of ourselves to them based on their behavior.

Why? Why are we mother’s like this?

Because we love them.

No matter what they do or don’t do, their behavior doesn’t change our love for them.

Mothers serve out of love.

This type of love reminds me of the Lord’s love towards us.

We sin against Him on a daily basis. We wander away from Him all too often. We take His love and blessings towards us for granted. We forget to thank Him for even the simple things that He has done for us.

Yet he still loves us. He still gives to us. He still leads us along this walk in life.

That, my friends, is amazing.

It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

I find that comforting, honestly. He is so gracious with us. Just as we are with our children.

When we stop to praise Him it magnifies God.

He is glorified in our gratitude to Him. That is one of the main reasons we stop to praise Him and thank Him.

 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30

Gratitude and thanksgiving aren’t about making ourselves look good but to make other people look good. The same thing is true of God. He looks good when we tell the people in our lives about how He is blessing us.

Find out how gratitude magnifies God and why we should be doing it more often!

Unsaved family members, backslidden church members or discouraged spouses need to be told often how good our God is. They need to be reminded that He is at work in our lives.

 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. Psalm 26:7

People lose sight of this fact too easily when they are focused on themselves, focused on getting ahead in life or focusing on their hardships.

In 2 Corinthians, we see that our weaknesses magnify God.

When we are weak we are more dependent on His strength in our lives.

When we are weak we are more aware of God’s presence in our lives.

When we are weak we take the time to praise Him. We take the time to magnify Him.

 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 

I love the month of November. Not because of Fall, ya’ll, I am definitely not a fan of Fall. But because it’s the time to intentionally reflect on the blessings in our lives; to remember to thank God for the things He is doing each and every day.

Each day, we each take time to think of one thing to be thankful for. We write it down on a leaf and hang it on our thankful tree.

thankful tree

We make this a month long tradition in our home because it is such an important lesson to learn in life. Because let’s face it, life isn’t all roses.

As the month continues we can see so many ways we are blessed. By the end of the month, we have a beautiful, colorful tree to admire.

We humans can be so forgetful! I love this tangible way to reflect on being grateful.

Gratitude takes our eyes off ourselves, off our circumstances, off our achievements, and in return magnifies the goodness of God the Father.

Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. Psalm 97:12

We need to be intentional about remembering. It’s not always going to come naturally to us. This, my friend, is why I love November. I love this time to slow down and remember His holiness and goodness to me.

It’s the start of November, I hope you will set up some way to focus more on gratitude this month as we head into the holiday season.

 

Your turn! Does your family have any traditions for the Thanksgiving season to remember God’s blessings?

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Betty
    November 2, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Praise the Lord. I could not have said it better myself.

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    Melanie Redd
    November 2, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Hey Ana,

    What a WONDERFUL post!

    I love your thankful tree! What a great idea for your family during the month of November!!

    I was “parked” by you on Soul Survivor, and I’m always grateful when I get to read one of your posts!

    I shared it here: https://www.pinterest.com/melredd/blogs-encouraging-blogs-and-websites/

    Hope you have a blessed day today~
    Melanie

    • Reply
      Anastasia Safee
      November 2, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks so much for the encouragement and for sharing! You are a blessing! My kiddos love the thankful tree 🙂

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    Suzie@homemaker-mom
    November 2, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    This is so very very true! We did a tree like that a few years! I am thinking of doing one again. Thank you for your post!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 2, 2015 at 10:58 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll do a thankful tree as well, it is such a blessing all month long. I always enjoy hearing what my kiddos come up with every morning. So many memories 🙂

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    Lisa notes
    November 3, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Fall isn’t my favorite season either, but yes, I do love November because of the focus on gratitude. I’ve seen it in so many places already this week, and I’m grateful for that. 🙂 Thanks for adding to the encouragement here.

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 3, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      Yay, another non Fall lover. I feel sacrilegious sometimes since all my friends are obsessed with Fall. 🙂 Thanksgiving is the best holiday, I’m so happy its so close. Thanks for joining the conversation Lisa!

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    Karen
    November 5, 2015 at 10:11 am

    The Psalms say “Enter His gates with thanksgiving.” I find that instruction significant, that as we enter the presences of the Lord, we do it with gratitude. When that frames our attitude, it changes everything. thanks for the reminder.

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    Dawn
    November 6, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Yes, the practice of gratitude does glorify God. You have said it well. I loved reading this post. We used to make gratitude trees as a family when my kids were younger. Now, I think I’ll try and be more intentional about creating an environment of gratitude in my home by asking for the highlights of the day over dinner with my family.

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Dawn, we do that as well at the dinner table. It is a great way to spark conversation and connecting with your kids. Every night I ask them, “what was your favorite thing you did today.” Sometimes their answers surprise me! Thanks for joining in the conversation!

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    Elizabeth Stewart
    November 7, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Your post has so many great post on the importance of gratitude. Developing a habit of thanksgiving is life-changing!

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    Dawn
    November 12, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Gratitude is so powerful. When we are grateful, we emulate that in our coming and going and people see it. I have to remember to be intentionally grateful, though when things are not so easy and that is one thing your words remind me to do… be intentionally full of gratefulness and gratitude. November is a good time of year to keep that reminder close to the heart isn’t it. I like your thankful tree! 🙂
    Blessings,
    Dawn

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 12, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      I am so glad you liked the tree, it works so well to cultivate thankfulness in my children. Gratitude definitely changes our outlook on life! But it does take us being intentional about it.

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    Lux
    November 13, 2015 at 4:16 am

    Yes! When I let my heart be overflowed with gratitude I feel more blessed.

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    Holly @ While I'm Waiting...
    November 19, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Thank you so much for sharing at Attitude of Gratitude. I love November for the same reason you do – it causes us to be intentional about giving thanks. Oh, how I wish I wouldn’t lose my focus the rest of the year. So THANKFUL our Father loves us anyway! But, my heart’s desire is to continue my thanks-giving throughout the year.

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 19, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      We are such forgetful creatures, aren’t we? The busyness of life tends to pull us away from focusing on gratitude on a regular basis. Thanks for the link-up!

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    Shelly
    November 19, 2015 at 10:26 am

    It is so true and such a great reminder. Thank you for linking up with us today!

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 19, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks for the link up! So glad you stopped by!

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    Melinda
    November 19, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Love your gratitude tree!
    Here from Holly’s Attitude of gratitude linky.
    I’m working on thanking God every day for more and more blessings that I have.

    • Reply
      Anastasia Safee
      November 20, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Thank you! My kiddos really enjoy it! It is such a practical and easy way to think on gratitude for the whole month, I love it 🙂

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    Elena
    November 20, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    I love that statement, that our praise and thanksgiving magnifies God! So true! When we choose to focus our thoughts on Him and His goodness, we are able to point others to Him rather than to ourselves.

    • Reply
      Anastasia Safee
      November 21, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      So so true, Elena! We should be pointing people to Christ with our lives.

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