The Power of Gratitude During One of 'Those' Days - Hope 103.2

The Power of Gratitude During One of ‘Those’ Days

In troubled times, when it feels harder to be thankful, remember there’s strength in gratitude for all the small things.

By Hope 103.2Thursday 2 May 2024Real Hope – The PodcastPodcastsReading Time: 2 minutes

Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 (NET)
Key points
  • When our heart and mind is weary, there is strength in giving thanks.
  • In troubled times, when it feels harder to be thankful, remember there’s strength in gratitude for all the small things.
  • Listen to the Gratitude series and others on Real Hope | The Podcast.

I recently had one of ‘those’ weeks. I’d hurt my back and was in constant pain. A few things had gone wrong at work and at home, and it all seemed to build in my mind.

Then, Luke and I were doing our radio show and we did a segment, ‘Fankful Friday’, where we asked people to share what they’re ‘fankful’ for. On this particular day, it wasn’t a segment filled with big things, but with all small things, like a particular fruit, a new water bottle, and a cuddle with a pet.

When our heart and mind is weary, there is strength in giving thanks. There’s lots of research into the power of gratitude, with the results showing happier, healthier minds and emotions.

This radio segment reminded me that I don’t need things to be going right in life to find things to be thankful for. The size of what we’re grateful for doesn’t matter, but the attitude changes everything.

In troubled times, when it feels harder to be thankful, remember there’s strength in gratitude for all the small things.

The verse in Thessalonians above confirms to me that God wants what’s best for us. It was written 2,000 years ago, well before research proved its power. God’s plan for us involves thankfulness for our hearts and minds to be right.

In troubled times, when it feels harder to be thankful, remember there’s strength in gratitude for all the small things.

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Episode supplied with thanks to Susie Holt.

Originally published as ‘It’s In All the Small Things’ in Real Hope, Jan-Feb 2024.