A grateful heart is like good medicine.

It takes the same amount of energy to be grateful as it does to be hateful. This is something that I try to remind myself of daily. Complaining is praising the enemy. The same breath I use to complain could be used to praise my Lord.

Whatever we do repeatedly will be our default. If we pick apart our days and search for negativity, we will surely find something to be upset about. Complaining is a habit. Sometimes we feel we need to complain to make ourselves more interesting.

If we replace the negative, complaining mindset with one of gratitude, then our life will change. To truly feel thankful in our hearts for something is a blessing. It doesn’t have to be anything big, either. We can take the smallest thing, like a good cup of coffee, and be grateful. When we feel gratitude while drinking coffee, it just makes it better.

We can shift our mindset on anything to make it better. I hated going to the grocery store until I stopped one day and realized that having money to buy food for my family was a blessing. While I still might not like the process, I will not complain about it. Somewhere there is a mother without food or water for her child that would love to trade places with me.

Our life will be better when we can get our minds to look for the positive and feel grateful. Today, I am thankful for another day. I’m thankful that God woke me up. I’m not in pain. Once I start naming a few things, my mind automatically starts searching for more things to be grateful for. It’s a beautiful process.

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