Can gratitude change us?
The Hebrew term for gratitude is hakarat ha’tov, which literally translated is: “recognizing the good.”
Gratitude is an attitude in the garden of our heart. Gratitude initiates appreciation, for today. Gratitude can be planted. Like other good seed, when planted in good ground, gratitude is guaranteed to grow. Gratitude will grow if you determine to prepare your (soul) soil, watch over your (heart) garden. Once we become tenders and growers, we are instructed to share and sow seed for others, in their garden.
Recognize the good today and thank The Lord for it.
*Excerpt from poem Grateful and Thankful
Grateful and Thankful
With praise I found the key
Gratitude fanned into flame
Because when we are grateful
We bring honor to Your Name
I thank You Lord my Savior
From the bottom of my heart
May my gratitude never be silent
From beginning of new days start
And as my day progresses
Should life begin to unravel
Remind me again of Your love
As along life’s road we travel
If not for Your untold goodness
And love for all lost sinners
We wouldn’t have had a chance
Because we once were all beginners
Remind us to be examples
With unending Gratitude
Because The Father sees our heart
Evident by our attitude
@ laurette laster 2018
Is it a coincidence? Of course not. In nearly every prayer in Judaism, devout prayers begin with, “blessed are You, Lord, our God…/ Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu”. In Hebrew, bracha (which means blessing) sharing the same root with the word for knee – berech.
When we say a prayer and a blessing (bow) on our knees before God, we are in a position of gratitude.
I’ve chosen the Passion Bible for these verses. Indeed it is privilege to worship our Creator.
“And realize what this really means— we have the privilege of worshiping Yahweh our God. For He is our Creator and we belong to Him. We are the people of His pleasure. You can pass through His open gates with the password of praise. Come right into His presence with thanksgiving. Come bring your thank offering to Him and affectionately bless His beautiful name! For Yahweh is always good and ready to receive you. He’s so loving that it will amaze you— so kind that it will astound you! And He is famous for His faithfulness toward all. Everyone knows our God can be trusted, for He keeps His promises to every generation!”
Psalms 100:3-5 TPT
God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.
Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette