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William Arthur Ward quoted that "Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." Over the past decade, the subject of gratitude has received a great deal of attention as a facet of positive psychology. Studies show that we can deliberately cultivate gratitude and can increase our well-being and happiness by doing so.
William Arthur Ward quoted that "Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." Over the past decade, the subject of gratitude has received a great deal of attention as a facet of positive psychology. Studies show that we can deliberately cultivate gratitude and can increase our well-being and happiness by doing so. In addition, grateful thinking—and especially expression of it to others—is associated with increased levels of energy, optimism, and empathy. 
Dr. Robert A. Emmons, one of the world’s leading scientific experts on gratitude, has determined that this attribute has two key components: First, it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world and benefits we’ve received. The second part of gratitude is recognizing that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves. It is acknowledging that other people--or higher powers--give us many gifts to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.
Why is it important to practice gratitude? Over the last 10 or so years, hundreds of studies have documented the social, physical, and psychological benefits of gratitude. Research suggests these benefits are available to most anyone who practices gratitude, even in the midst of adversity. Here are some of the top research-based reasons for practicing gratitude:
Gratitude brings us happiness: Research has proven that practicing gratitude is one of the most reliable methods for increasing happiness and life satisfaction. It helps boost feelings of optimism, joy, pleasure, enthusiasm, and other positive emotions.
It helps reduce anxiety and depression.
Gratitude is good for our bodies: Studies by Emmons and his colleague Michael McCullough suggest gratitude strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces symptoms of illness, and makes us less bothered by aches and pains. It can also encourage us to take better care of our health.
Grateful people tend to log better sleep, including getting more hours of sleep each night, spending less time awake before falling asleep, and feeling more refreshed upon awakening.
Gratitude promotes forgiveness.
Gratitude makes us more resilient: It has been found to help people recover from traumatic events, including war veterans with PTSD.
Gratitude helps to strengthen relationships and makes them more satisfying: It makes us feel closer and more committed to friends, family members and romantic partners.
Gratitude makes us want to "pay it forward": Grateful people tend to be more helpful, altruistic, and compassionate than those who are not. 
Not long ago, a group of us who do Bible research together sat down and listed a number of things that we are grateful for, and that we praise our Creator for. Some appear simple, but all are really quite miraculous in their own right. Here are some of them:
How good God and his Son are to us
Our families, spouses, and friends
The opportunity to continue learning through life
The marvels of creation we’re allowed to behold
The breath of life within us
Peace and comfort in a chaotic word
Food (both literal and spiritual)
The trials and tribulations we experience in life that make us stronger and better
The words of our Almighty Father found in the scriptures teach us much about showing gratitude and ways we can nurture that beneficial attitude of appreciation in our daily lives. King David and others wrote many psalms (songs) in praise to our loving God. Some excellent ones to read are 1 Chronicles 16:8-36, Psalms chapters 95, 96, 100, 107 and 147 to name just a few. Psalm 107:21-22 says, "Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing."
Psalm 92:1-2 reminds us of being mindful of his ways on a constant basis: "It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night." 1 Chronicles 16:29 instructs us to give Jehovah the glory due unto his name.
The apostle Paul wrote how Jehovah’s bounty creates thanksgiving in others. (2 Corinthians 9:6-12, 15) He taught the followers of Jehovah and his Son to make their petitions and thanksgiving known. Besides prayer, keeping a mindset on praiseworthy things can help us achieve a greater sense of inner peace and gratitude in our daily lives: "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things." (Philippians 4:6-8 NKJV)
With practice and awareness, any of us can incorporate more into gratitude into our lives. We can come to realize how everything that we have and all that we are is through Jehovah’s and Christ’s graciousness towards us. From there, we have the ability to become more mindful of the many good gifts that have been bestowed upon us, the people and things that bring joy to our lives and even how adversity can make us appreciative of the strengths that we gain for having endured it.
What are some ways in which we can practice gratitude? Take some time each day to remind yourself of the gifts, grace and good things you enjoy. Set aside time to recall moments of gratitude associated with events or the valued people in your life. Say prayers of gratitude remembering where your very being came from and how everything that we have truly comes from our heavenly Father through his Son. (Acts 17:27-28, 1 Timothy 6:17-19)
Thank a family member, friend, coworker or even a stranger for something considerate that they have done. See how that makes both of you feel happier! Use all of your senses to gain a greater appreciation of what an incredible miracle it is to be alive: Seen through the eyes of gratitude, your body and all of its intricate functions is not only a miraculous creation, but also a gift. Savor the good little moments that take place throughout the day. Even simple everyday occurrences can make your life more meaningful if they are viewed for the beauty and worth they have.
Living life in accordance with God’s true word can help us reap the many benefits of living a grateful life and cultivating a grateful heart with implications that reach far beyond even the life that we have now. We can realize the hope of an everlasting life under Jehovah’s perfect rule where everyone will exist in constant awareness of the goodness He and his Son have provided. (Isaiah 60:20, Isaiah 65:21-25) How grateful we can be for that promise and many more!
John 11:45-57 (Good News Translation)
God's Prayerful Word
John 11:45-57: The raising of Lazarus causes division among the Jews, and the religious authorities make plans to arrest and kill Jesus.
Today’s Scripture: John 11:45
Many of the people who had come to visit Mary saw what Jesus did, and they believed in him.
The Plot against Jesus
(Matthew 26.1-5; Mark 14.1,2; Luke 22.1,2)
45Many of the people who had come to visit Mary saw what Jesus did, and they believed in him.46But some of them returned to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.47So the Pharisees and the chief priests met with the Council and said, “What shall we do? Look at all the miracles this man is performing!48If we let him go on in this way, everyone will believe in him, and the Roman authorities will take action and destroy our Temple and our nation!”
49One of them, named Caiaphas, who was High Priest that year, said, “What fools you are!50Don't you realize that it is better for you to have one man die for the people, instead of having the whole nation destroyed?”51Actually, he did not say this of his own accord; rather, as he was High Priest that year, he was prophesying that Jesus was going to die for the Jewish people,52and not only for them, but also to bring together into one body all the scattered people of God.
53From that day on the Jewish authorities made plans to kill Jesus.54So Jesus did not travel openly in Judea, but left and went to a place near the desert, to a town named Ephraim, where he stayed with the disciples.
55The time for the Passover Festival was near, and many people went up from the country to Jerusalem to perform the ritual of purification before the festival.56They were looking for Jesus, and as they gathered in the Temple, they asked one another, “What do you think? Surely he will not come to the festival, will he?”57The chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where Jesus was, he must report it, so that they could arrest him.
The religious leaders were afraid that Jesus would lead his followers to rebel against Rome and that the Roman army would then destroy their nation and the Temple. They were also afraid that, if many people started to follow Jesus and his teachings, their own power would be lessened. What are your thoughts about the debate that took place among the religious leaders and the Council (verses 47-50)?
I love you, Lord Jesus. Empower me with the courage to proclaim your love and salvation to others and give glory to you. Amen.
Church councils involved in divisive issues
John 12:1-11: Jesus is anointed at Bethany.
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If you can remember this dance.... You are older than me..... NOOOOOT!!! lol
I don't remember moves like this, but I remember moving. LOL....
CHAPTER 8. The Path to Freedom
It has been thought almost universally that the only
way to deal with demon-possession is by the casting
out of the evil spirit, by some Divinely equipped
believer. But facts prove that this method is not
always successful, for though the diagnosis of the
intruder's presence may be correct, yet the ground
that gave it occupation cannot be cast out; and
unless the ground is dealt with, no full relief can be
obtained, or change seen, in the majority of cases.
In others, when the evil spirit apparently departs,
it must not be concluded that the person is entirely
free, for it may be that what has occurred is only
that a particular manifestation has ceased, and it is
not unlikely that another manifestation may appear;
possibly not a visible one, or one easily perceived or
detected, but recognizable by any who have learned
to discriminate between the workings of evil spirits,
and those which are human or Divine. It is possible
also to suppress a certain manifestation for a time,
and not entirely get rid of it; and the same
manifestation may return again and again in
different guise, unless the ground is dealt with. In
some instances, where the possession is so manifest
that the true inner personality of the victim is almost
entirely lost sight of, the relief may be immediate: but
where the intruder hides himself so subtly in the mind,
or body, as to be indistinguishable from the operations,
or actions of the person--hidden in some state, or form,
apparently natural or physical--the deliverance will not
be obtained by "casting out" only, but by the truth being
given to the mind, and the volition of the person actively
refusing and disowning the ground.
The very first step to freedom is the knowledge of the
truth as to the source and nature of experiences the
believer may have had since his entrance into the
spiritual life, which possibly may have been perplexing,
or else thought with deepest assurance to be of God.
There is NO DELIVERANCE FROM "DECEPTION" BUT
BY THE ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND ACCEPTANCE OF
TRUTH. And this facing of truth in regard to certain
spiritual and "supernatural" experiences, means a keen
edged knife to the man in his self-respect and pride.
War on the Saints by Jessie Penn-Lewis
Tomorrow: The Humiliation of the Undeceiving Period
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