Go through His gates, giving thanks; walk through His courts, giving praise. Offer Him your gratitude and praise His holy name.❞ Psalm 100:4— VOICE

Some mornings, it’s hard to enter God’s throne room with a grateful heart. Maybe you overslept because your alarm clock didn’t wake you, or perhaps you had a nightmare, or maybe one of your kids was up sick all night.

In the mornings, it’s hardest to practice gratitude; that’s when it’s essential that you do it!

 If you’re struggling to be grateful, try one of these activities.

Journal— Tune into your five senses and use them to help you journal. Make a list like “I’m grateful that I can hear…” then list 2-3 things you can hear right now. For example, you might put the sound of leaves rustling in the wind or crunching under your feet, children playing, or the sound of your coffee pot as it brews. 

Create a gratitude jar— Every morning, take a minute to write down something you’re grateful for. Just pick one thing and write it down on a small paper. Put your slip into your gratitude jar. Then at the end of the year, you’ll be able to read through a year’s worth of things you gave thanks for. 

Practice the ABCs of gratitude  You can do this exercise anywhere. Start by listing what you’re grateful for by letter. For example, you might say, “I’m thankful for the cool morning Air.


Practicing gratitude can be a game-changer. Over time, strengthening your ability to notice our good Father and the good in the everyday. Psalm 100:4 encourages us to remember God’s goodness and dependability and worship with thanksgiving and praise. Each small practice of gratitude links together to create a web of well-being.

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  1. Paula, I have a gratitude journal, but perhaps adding a yearly gratitude jar might be a complimentary practice?! Great ideas and this line jumped out at me: "Each small practice of gratitude links together to create a web of well-being." Amen!
    Bev xx

  2. I use a gratitude journal too. I also have sticky notes stuck in various places of what came to mind at that moment, then log them in my journal in the evening.

  3. These are four great tips for gratitude, Paula! I hadn't thought of the ABCs of gratitude, thanks for the suggestions!

  4. Thanks Paula for sharing the post, I'm Full of Activities-of Gratitude. You share 4 good ways to focus on gratitude. I often use journal writing to express gratitude and find when I have an attitude of gratitude I have a happier day. Nancy Andres @ Colors 4 Health

  5. Thanks bunches Lisa. When I was looking up activities to try, I really liked the ABC one.

  6. You're most welcome Nancy. Come to think of it it makes me have a happier day too.

  7. Paula, I appreciated this post as I had already been thinking a gratitude journal is something the Lord was directing for the new year 🙂

  8. I am learning when it's hard to get moving in the morning, to start praising! I am not an ideal morning person! God makes all the difference! Thank you, Paula, for this reminder that I have choices on how I can affect the beginning of my day!

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