An old saying says, “There are two sides to every story.” Never is this saying more important than when there is a disagreement. Both parties’ perspectives have merit. Both viewpoints have been shaped by what has made them who they are – nature, nurture, experience. Both sides need to be considered.

The two-sided school of thought can be applied to the act and work of gratitude and, specifically, thanks to God. In God’s omnipotence, both sides richly receive when we give thanks to the Almighty, who glorifies him. Giving thanks is in our DNA; when we allow gratitude to flow, we also find health and wholeness. But first, we must be taught gratitude.

As young children, when someone gave us something, we heard echoes of our parents’ mantra, “Now, say thank you.” If you are a parent, you have often said it to your children. A true spirit of gratitude must be intentional to ignite a solid attitude of thanks. The rhythms of gratitude must be implemented to become an embedded pattern.

This is where “Two-Sided Gratitude” comes into play. This resource is a journal that helps guide you into an intentional rhythm of gratitude. Each day will offer a short portion of scripture followed by prompts for you to express your reflections and build your gratitude mindset.

In his book, “Atomic Habits,” author James Clear shares that it takes about three weeks for a behavior to begin to form. Therefore, this journal provides forty days of journaling to help you develop a deeper spirit of gratitude. According to research, jotting down what you’re thankful for can:

  • Improve the quality of your sleep.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Increase positivity.
  • Strengthen self-worth.
  • Help you celebrate the present.

“God smiles when we praise and thank Him continually. Few things feel better than receiving heartfelt praise and appreciation from someone else. God loves it, too… An amazing thing happens when we offer praise and thanksgiving to God. When we give God enjoyment, our own hearts are filled with joy.” – Rick Warren

God bless you as you further develop your spirit of gratitude.


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