Taking Action: Gratitude Quotes

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The first assignment in module 1 is to find some motivating and inspirational quotes or mottos to copy. This practice helps us learn new patterns of thinking so we can shut down our negative stories and start reminding ourselves of truth instead.

But finding those quotes takes time and research.

Let’s help one another out!


Here are some of my favorites for rereading and copying. Please leave a comment with those you have found, too!

Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues, but the parent of all others. –Cicero


Seek to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life. – Alexander Maclaren


Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. – John Milton


The true secret of happiness lies int he taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. – William Morris


While I may not always feel joy, God asks me to give thanks in all things, because He knows that the feeling of joy begins with the action of thanksgiving. –Ann Voskamp



Thanks are the highest form of thought. – G.K. Chesterton


The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but liking what one has to do. — J.M. Barrie


While people suppose that feelings inspire actions, in fact, actions also inspire feelings. – Gretchen Rubin


[Gratitude] is one of the chief ways that God infuses joy and resilience into the daily struggle of life. –Nancy Leigh DeMoss


Very often, the only way to get a quality is to start behaving as if you had it already. – C.S. Lewis


Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18


It is not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy.

Share your gratitude & attitude quotes below!

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71 Responses

  1. ladydusk
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    Gal 6:9 “And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

    • achapman
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      I love this verse. The promise is so encouraging. Thank you for posting this. Gonna memorize it and say it when I am feeling ready to quit being diligent. =)

  2. candacec
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    All is grace. Ann Voskamp

  3. candacec
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    Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings see what God has done! Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings see what God has done. {Hymn, words by Johnson Oatma}

    • kwolcott
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      My son and I are memorizing this hymn as part of as our school work. Hoping it will start popping into my head as I need it!

  4. candacec
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    “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

  5. candacec
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    “I have learned that in every circumstance that comes my way, I can choose to respond in one of two ways: I can whine or I can worship! And I can’t worship without giving thanks. It just isn’t possible. When we choose the pathway of worship and giving thanks, especially in the midst of difficult circumstances, there is a fragrance, a radiance, that issues forth out of our lives to bless the Lord and others.”
    ― Nancy Leigh DeMoss

  6. candacec
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    “The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.”
    ― Henry Ward Beecher

  7. candacec
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    “Eucharisteo—thanksgiving—always precedes the miracle.”
    ― Ann Voskamp

  8. weavingmama
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    But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6

  9. weavingmama
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    Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~W.T. Purkiser

  10. Marcia
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    When worry comes, pause and tell God what you need. Then thank Him for what He’s already done. – Renee Swope

  11. ladydusk
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    Some beats none. Jon Acuff

    • Jules_sd
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      I really like this. It is similar to another one I have heard “Don’t let perfect get in the way of good.”

  12. Cyndi Goeser
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    Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. – James 1:2-3

    You can not plough a field by turning it over in your mind. (Unknown)

    A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules. –Anthony Trollope.

  13. ruher
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    Philippians 4:6 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

    The best way to show my gratitude to God is
    to accept everything, even my problems, with joy.
    — Mother Teresa

    Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

  14. ladydusk
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    “Great thoughts go best with common duties. Whatever therefore may be your office regard it as a fragment in an immeasurable ministry of love.” (Bishop Brooke Foss Westcott, b. 1825) as quoted on the internet from Elisabeth Elliott’s Keep a Quiet Heart.

  15. Angela Staudt
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    “Be tranquil-because the good God is everywhere and provides for everything with love.” St. Maximilian Kolbe

    “The same Everlasting father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day of your life. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts.” St. Francis de Sales

    “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” St. Pope John Paul II

    • Mignon Thurow
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      I love JPII! Thanks for this great quote!

  16. Amber
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    “The Lord’s mercies are without end. 
God will give us strength to serve him.” St. Francis Xavier

    “The spirit of God does all things in peace.” St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

  17. Christy
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    Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
    They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
    Lamentations 3:22-23

  18. jenrhampson
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    “The next thing is always to give thanks.” -Ann Voskamp

    “The dialect of God is the day just as it comes.” -Ann Voskamp

    “What we dread as mindless activity can free us, mind and heart, for the workings of the Holy Spirit, and repetitive motions are conducive to devotions such as the Jesus Prayer” -Kathleen Norris

    The Jesus Prayer- “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

  19. jenniferdow
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    When I get discouraged, sometimes it’s because I think I can’t endure. This quote reminds me that I can, and therefore, encourages me quite a bit. “Never Shrink from the blows. Boldly, more boldly where your luck allows, God forward, face them. A first way to safety will open where you reckon on it least.” -The Aeneid, Book 6

  20. Keri Misawa
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    The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruption of one’s “own” or “real” life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life–the life God is sending one day by day: what one calls one’s “real life” is a phantom of one’s own imagination.
    –The Collected Letter of C.S. Lewis, Volume II

    • Kristi
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      I have this passage recorded in my commonplace, what a great perspective! I was stunned when I realized how true this has been in my own life.

  21. mrsalanhudson
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    Gratitude and murmuring never abide in the same heart at the same time. — E.M. Bounds

    I am a mother tired, but when my soul doth magnify, my time doth magnify. — Ann Voskamp

    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. — Philippians 4:8

    Do all things without grumbling or disputing. — Philippians 2:14

  22. mrsalanhudson
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    This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness. ―Elisabeth Elliot

  23. LizHlibichuk
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    The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.
    ― Henry Ward Beecher

  24. Andrea
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    “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
    – Psalm 118:24

  25. stellamaris
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    In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love. – Blessed Mother Teresa

    We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
    ― Abraham Lincoln

    If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough
    –Meister Eckhart

    Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe–Hebrews 12:28

  26. StephanieK
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    Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. – Colossians 3:15

    Gratitude is a sign of noble souls – Aesop

    When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. – Marcus Aurelius

  27. meggriff
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    “Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11
    These little chores add up to the house’s unforced rhythms of grace!

    “I have learned to kiss the wave that slams me into the Rock of Ages.” Charles Spurgeon
    And sometimes laundry is that wave.

    • Claire Hazael
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      I love your notes – both so true!

  28. rachilena
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    “Let it be done unto me according to your word.” Or simply, “let it be done.” – Mary, the Mother of God, in Luke 2

    “Don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good.” – Aristotle (paraphrased)

  29. rachilena
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    The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all he, in his goodness, sends to us day by day. – St Gianna Molla 

    I plead with you. Never ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire and never be discouraged. Be not afraid Saint John Paul II

    Let us not be satisfied with a mediocre life. – Pope Francis

    Your mercies are new every morning. Lamentations 3:22

    Children are not a distraction from more important work–they are the most important work. — CS Lewis 

    So be truly glad, there is wonderful joy ahead. – 1 Peter 1:6

    Perhaps this is the moment for which you were created. – Esther 4:14

  30. LisaD
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    “The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”
    William Morris

    “Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.”
    Robert Braathe

    “Life is so urgent it necessitates living slow.”
    Ann Voscamp

    “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
    William Arthur Ward

  31. 4kissmom
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    But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    1 Corinthians 15:57

    The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.

    Be a fountain, not a drain. ?

    • kwolcott
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      I love this!!!!! I want to be a fountain!!!

  32. omaknits
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    In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. -Jesus in John 16:33

  33. omaknits
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    We shall never know all the good that a smile smile can do. -Mother Teresa

  34. LibbyJane
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    Take time to know, set thyself heartily to believe: My Vine, on whom I can depend for all I need, is Christ.

    Andrew Murray, Abide in Christ

  35. Joelsfavorite
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    How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God Who has none.
    A. W. Tozer

  36. Joelsfavorite
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    The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.
    Robert Holden

  37. kfs6377
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    James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

    Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

    Colossians 1:28-29 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone, with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works within me.

  38. cst610
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    I am not my own, but belong – body and soul, in life and in death – to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.

    Heidelberg Catechism A1

  39. MaggyFitz1
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    He gently leads those who have young. Is. 40:11

    So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Gal 6:9

    Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Phil 4:6 NLT

  40. blucas
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    “Mother Teresa Prayer”
    People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
    … Forgive them anyway.
    If you are kind, people may accuse you
    of selfish, ulterior motives;
    … Be kind anyway.
    If you are successful, you will win some
    false friends and some true enemies;
    … Succeed anyway.
    If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
    … Be honest and frank anyway.
    What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
    … Build anyway.
    If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
    … Be happy anyway.
    The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
    … Do good anyway.
    Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
    … Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
    You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
    It was never between you and them anyway.
    We can do no great things – only small things with great love.
    – although commonly attributed to Mother Teresa,
    who kept a copy of this prayer on
    the wall of her Calcutta orphanage,
    this prayer was actually written by Kent Keith

  41. blucas
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    By perseverance the snail reached the ark.
    Charles Spurgeon.

  42. blucas
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    Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite.
    Charles Spurgeon

  43. blucas
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    Must is a hard nut to crack but it has a sweet kernel.
    Charles Spurgeon.

  44. SaraDrew
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    O Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 118:1

  45. smithjess
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    “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever.” – Psalm 107:1
    *It struck me that this verse is quoted many many times in the Old Testament. It is definitely true and worth remembering!
    “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Cor 9:15, Paul is talking about God’s grace as the indescribable gift.
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Phil 4:6
    It occurred to me as I read through a list of verses on thankfulness that Jesus always gave thanks before dividing food among his followers.

  46. amacbean
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    Happiness? It is an illusion to think that more comfort brings more happiness. True happiness comes of the capacity to enjoy simply, to feel deeply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
    — Storm Jameson

  47. SaraDrew
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    “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” Psalm 50:22b

  48. Edwena
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    Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”

  49. Verann
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    “I have noticed,” said Abraham Lincoln, “that a man is usually about as happy as he has made up his mind to be.”

  50. ValerieLJones
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    My favorite is to start with listening to the words to “Fount of Every Blessings” in the morning. The music bring back the joy with the words!
    Love this one by Sarah Noelle https://youtu.be/g3w9nvXuVnk

  51. StephanieK
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    “Courage, dear heart.” – C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

  52. kwolcott
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    Fear Not!!!

    I love this motto so much I had it tattooed on my foot this year! So much of my reactionary responses are out of fear, so this reminds me I only need be still, have faith and trust my Savior.

  53. Vanessa Royer
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    I Cor. 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

  54. Betsy Farquhar
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    One of my favorite hymns is “Day by Day and With Each Passing Moment”

    Day by day, and with each passing moment,
    Strength I find to meet my trials here;
    Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
    I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
    He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
    Gives unto each day what he deems best–
    Lovingly, it’s part of pain and pleasure,
    Mingling toil with peace and rest.

  55. Mignon Thurow
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    These quotes are all so beautiful. I love Philippians 4:8, which I copied in the KJV for its beauty:
    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

    I love this because, for me, the kernel of my downward spiral, when it happens, is because of what I choose to focus my thoughts upon. The idea of some things having a “good report,” for example, is an interesting thing to ponder. Its antithesis, “bad report,” suggests newsy gossip and often just takes one down that rabbit hole of one unpleasant thought after another, often upon things over which we have absolutely no control!! It’s one thing to think upon a problem in order to comprehend it and solve it— that which in within our ability to solve, of course. But it’s another to spend time thinking about things that are not within our purview.

    The great thing about thinking upon the Good—- as in, the list above– is that even (and especially) when it’s not within our ability to affect, the result of meditating upon it is precisely this thing that Mystie has encouraged us toward, and that is, of course, gratitude toward the Maker.

  56. frostatmidnight
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    Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.—Chesterton

  57. debbierhoades
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    I love this poem
    Attitude By Charles Swindoll
    “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
    Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.
    It is more important than the past, than education, than money,
    than circumstances, than failures, than success,
    than what other people think, say or do.
    It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.
    It will make or break a company…a church… a home.
    The remarkable thing is we have a choice
    every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.
    We cannot change our past …
    We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
    We cannot change the inevitable.
    The only thing we can do is play the one string we have,
    and that is our attitude …
    I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
    And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes”

  58. debbierhoades
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    Some of my favorite GRATITUDE QUOTES
    God asks us to give Thanks in all things because He knows the Feeling of Joy begins in the Action of Thanksgiving. — Ann Voskamp

    EVERYONE gets to decide how HAPPY they want to be because EVERYONE gets to decide how GRATEFUL they are willing to be – Ann Voskamp

    Joy isn’t a function of WHAT HAPPENS.
    Joy is a function of WHAT I THINK.
    Joy is a function of HOW I THANK. — Ann Voskamp

    No amount of Regret Changes THE PAST.
    No amount of Anxiety Changes THE FUTURE.
    Any amount of GRATEFUL JOY changes THE PRESENT. — Ann Voskamp

    What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday? (author unknown)

    Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory (From the movie “Up”)

    Enjoy the little things in life for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things. (From the movie “Up”)

    This is a quote I hung onto for several months while in a crisis and found it to be true.
    JOY is the settled assurance that God IS in control of ALL the details of my life.
    The quiet Confidence that ultimately EVERYTHING is going to be OK
    And the determined CHOICE to praise God in ALL things. – Kay Warren

  59. debbierhoades
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    Quieting a Noisy Soul by Jim Berg audio/video series includes a meditation CD that has verses read with back ground music. I keep this CD in my car and if I’m stressed out, it can calm me down just hearing the Bible verses. I highly recommend the series. You can find it at BJU Press. Here are some of the verses:

    God is always good—always! That means…
    He will always meet my genuine needs—always.
    • Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
    • Phil 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
    • Mat 6:31-33 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

    He is always up to something good in my life—always.
    • Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
    • Romans 8:26-34 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

    He will always love me personally—always.
    • Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    • John 17:23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
    • Jer 31:3 The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;

    He will always give me the grace I need—always.
    • 2 Cor 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
    • 2 Cor 12:9-10 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

    He will always forgive my sin—always (Psalm 51)
    • 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

  60. debbierhoades
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    When I have struggled with self pity I look at a very graphic picture of a Roman soldier’s hand holding a nail into Jesus hand. This photo has the words “I Did this for You.” Somehow just thinking about what Jesus did for me usually gets me out of a funk.
    (I have it on my refrigerator and the Grandchildren say it is very sad — but they DO understand it— and it is a wonderful chance to talk about Jesus and what He did for them)

    Another way I get out of being in a horrible mood because of something done to me (real or imagined) is to:
    Stop – and Praise God for who He is and for what He has done for me. I can feel the tension evaporating immediately. Praising God is the most amazing cure for a bad attitude.

  61. Claire Hazael
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    The last verse of ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’ by Thomas Obadiah Chisholm

    Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
    Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
    Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
    Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

  62. Claire Hazael
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    “If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present….gratefully.” Maya Angelou

  63. Melosa
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    Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
    Theodore Roosevelt

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