Tuesday, August 13, 2013

To whom or for what are you grateful -- and why?

To whom or for what are you grateful -- and why? For example, for your recovery from a shopping addiction or eating disorder; your personal space; your income; your faith walk; your hope; your family and/or friends? How could a Life Purpose Coach® or a Certified Recovery Coach help you move from the next step after gratitude, which is desiring to discover and fulfill God's plan for your life?

11 comments:

Pat Bryant said...

I grew up in an alcoholic home. It was not a happy place. It had a very negative impact on me. I'm grateful to God for guiding my life, saving me, changing me and healing me. He led me to some wonderful people to help me along the way and now God uses me to support and encourage others. It is amazing how He does that! I agree that all of us are recovering from something. It's not a perfect world. The good news is there is help and hope available for everyone.

JoAnne Laflin said...

When I adopt the attitude of gratefulness it produces a wonderful effect of dispelling the blues. I ask myself the question.... What are you grateful for today? with that question I take a pen and paper and try to come up with as many answers as possible. Then I ask the next question "What else?", "What else?", "What else?" I am adopting this as a habit. One thing I do as I am writing my list is I position my body to be sitting up straight with good posture and I set a smile on my face. By the end of the list, I am still smiling and can hear myself quietly saying "Thank you Jesus!"

Ruth van Vliet said...

Yesterday, 11 September, was my spiritual birthday and I'd like to just praise and thank God for His amazing grace and love!!! I am so grateful that a friend had invited me to a women's conference 14 years ago. I was brought up in a christian home, but was only born again on that weekend at the age of 36! That was where I saw God's love and grace in action and I discovered that He is not angry with us, but that He is a loving and gracious God and that we can live daily in a personal relationship with Him AND by grace we can hear His voice! My husband went a month later on a men's conference and he'd received healing after being paralysed in his leg due to an injury from a car accident 8 years before. I am so grateful that God had healed him - it meant so much to me and our kids. I also learnt there about forgiveness - how God has forgiven us and how we can forgive others - in other words to have a lifestyle of giving grace because we have received grace. Forgiveness has healed many relationships over the years for me and I am so very grateful for that. And I am so very grateful for dear Holy Spirit's presence and help every single day - through good times and bad. Love You, Lord, Thank You dearly. Kind regards

John Fernandez said...

I really like the Gratitude Exercise in the book "Flourish." The suggestion is to recall some older person that made a positive impact on one's life with some encouraging comment. Then we should write a substantive letter of thanks, make an appointment with the person of interest, and actually read the entire letter to the person that we want to honor with gratitude. I must admit I have not done this, since all my older persons have passed away. But, I want to recommend this to my younger peers. Blessings. :-)

Cyndi said...

Cynthia Collins..
I am completely grateful for the courage God is giving me to move forward in life. I am on the path to recovering all after several major losses in the past three years. I am learning to encourage myself in the Lord and the fruit has been amazing. Thank you Lord for keeping me when I was without hope!

Cheryl B said...

I agree wholeheartedly that prayer is God's desire for us in this season! I just had a dear friend invite me to join her in a "prayer circle" based off Mark Batterson's book called The Circle Maker. You can listen to his testimony at www.thecirclemaker.com to be inspired and encouraged regarding the impact of prayer. We are scheduled to embark on a 40 day fast to encircle our biggest dreams, desires, family members, and heartaches in prayer with one another. I believe also that in this day and age in our culture, we need to be prepared for the battle at hand. Gaining a lifestyle of prayer will serve us well! Blessings to you all!

Ray Yelverton said...

Grateful?
I am so excited to be direct center in God's will for my life. Many times we get a thought or idea and we "feel" it is what God wants us to do. But, I have recently had an experience that let me KNOW it was a God thing and this is the direction to take me to my life's vision. It was when I met Katie Brazelton. I am grateful that she listens to the Holy Spirit. It is now my plan to strive to be the best Life Purpose Coach I can be, in God's power.

Sandy said...

I’m grateful for the encouragement found in God’s Word. I retired recently and have been seeking God’s guidance for the next step in my life’s journey. I began to smile broadly and chuckle when He brought me to these verses in Psalm 92:12-15 – “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” I got so excited, and still am, as I think about God helping me in my next step to be “fresh and flourishing” and sharing with others about our great and awesome God!

Susan Tolles said...

As I was working in my butterfly garden this morning, I reflected on how God nurtures me just like the plants in that garden. He prunes me when necessary, cutting away the "dead" areas of my life so new life can grow. He cuts back the stems that are weak, allowing stronger branches to spring forth. He "fertilizes" me so I will develop strong roots through scripture, family, friends, and daily reminders of His goodness and provisions. If left alone, I would wither from neglect. He even reveals the "pests" in my life so I can chase them away before they "suck the joy out right out of me!"I am so grateful that God is my Master Gardener, who gives me such TLC!

Tamika Hunter said...

Today I am simply grateful for this life of freedom that I live and that I am in a place of purpose. As a little girl I was molested and silenced by my abuser for over 30 years because he said it was "our secret". What he did not know was that my silence would some day be broken and that "our secret" would not only give me a voice to help other women be freed of their hurtful pasts, but that I would be a voice for many who are still silenced. I am simply grateful for knowing there is purpose in my pain and that everything I have faced was not in vain. Because of this, I choose to not only Live, but to live a life of Purpose.

Karen Johnson said...

I am grateful to Jesus Christ who healed me from a tumultuous marriage and a broken self esteem. For years I had to learn what letting "Jesus be my husband" meant. He was my rock, my strength and my comfort. As I grieved many a night in my closet, I felt Jesus' presence overwhelm me with LOVE. He carried me through each day of sadness and chaos. He taught me to lean on Him and derive my strength from Him. I am thankful that because he taught me how to persevere,I have become a strong and faithful woman of God! My heart was healed and eventually so was my marriage. Praise God!!!