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Give God a "Good Morning" Praise

Every morning, think of five things you are grateful for and thank God for the good in your life.

By Judy Baer, Elk River, Minnesota

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“Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18

Family, dogs, green grass, blue sky, friends, sun, chirping birds, job, spouse, comfy shoes, a soft pillow, coffee, chocolate, smiles, music, art, books, evergreen trees, irises, fresh air, horses, friends…

These are some of the things I’m grateful for, Lord, and Your creative hand provided them all.  Even though I may have money troubles, physical ailments, rebellious children or myriad other complaints, I still choose to give thanks to you.

An attitude of gratitude is a decision I make each morning—even on the days when I have difficulty thinking of a single thing I’m thankful for.  A baby’s laugh, a purring kitten, a friendly hug…I look until I find. And I give thanks.

Faith Step: Think of five things you are grateful for and concentrate on those today. Praise God for them!

This devotion is excerpted from Mornings with Jesus 2013.

Judy was born on a farm and grew up in the prairies of North Dakota. She graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, with majors in English and education and a minor in religion. At the time, she was simply studying what interested her but now realizes that she was educating herself for her future career as a Christian writer. Judy is married, lives in Minnesota, and has two daughters and three stepchildren. She is the author of more than seventy-five books.