Have you ever doubted if God heard you and wondered if he will answer your prayers?
I hate to admit it, but I know I have. How about you?
Last year, I was passed over for promotion and started focusing on all the things I did not have. I even developed a negative attitude and compared myself to others.
After attending a Christian Women’s conference this past Fall, I started a gratitude journal and spent more time reflecting during my prayer time.
Sometimes I wrote down little blessings like hot running water, a visit from a toad and a squirrel on our balcony. I started noticing bigger blessings: the love of my husband, the health of our family, my wonderful job.
Over the last three months, I have seen more breakthroughs in my life than I have in the past three years.
God has given me so much to be grateful for. He has given me abundance far greater than I ever expected.
Abundance can be in the form of health, peace, clarity and unexpected financial increase, just to name a few.
Appreciation opens doors that no man can shut.
It is the key to abundance.
There are three KEY principles that come to my mind when I think of appreciation and abundance.
K – Keep focusing on abundance
“The more you recognize and express gratitude for the things you have, the more things you will have to express gratitude for.”
- Zig Ziglar (author, salesman, motivational speaker)
The more I made a habit to be thankful, the more blessings came into my life. I received my certification for Christian Life Coaching and was accepted into two leadership programs at work.
God was preparing me for something I did not even know was coming.
Later this year, I received a promotion and a publishing company accepted my manuscript.
Scripture says it this way:
Jer. 30:19(KJV) – And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
God promises that he will glorify and multiply those who are thankful.
E – Express gratitude despite circumstances
Gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues, but the parent of all others.
- Cicero (philosopher, lawyer, statesman, orator)
Col. 3:15 (KJV) – And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
How can it rule your heart (your mind, thoughts, emotions)? It must be inside. How do we get it inside? We must pay attention to our input – what we look at, read, listen to and think about. Then it comes out of our mouth and manifests itself in the physical realm.
Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. (biblical principle)
Y – Yield to the spirit, not to the flesh
My husband always says it is easier to say whatever comes to our minds and not control our tongue. I believe that. It takes discipline during the storms of life to control our thinking and our tongue.
Heb 13:15 (KJV) By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
It is easier to complain and focus on lack and what is missing in our lives. Both complaining and praise produce fruit.
Yielding to the spirit means looking at things through spiritual eyes. Things are not always what they seem. Trusting in God and his timing is hard sometimes. What I learned through the years is that God is faithful and rewards us for our faithfulness.
Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside.
- Barry Neil Kaufman (Best-selling author of Happiness is a Choice)
Being thankful leads to more to be thankful for and is the key to the abundant life. It is also the quickest ways to peace and happiness.
Have you seen a breakthrough in your life after you changed your focus, thoughts and words?
What action steps can you add to your daily schedule to help reach your goals and dreams?
How has appreciation increased abundance in your life? Share in the comments below.