Sunday, November 30, 2014

30 Gratitude Quotes

"God's goodness should drive us to our knees in gratitude." ~Anne Graham Lotz 
 "Gratitude begins where my sense of entitlement ends." ~Steven Furtick
"Be thankful that God's answers are wiser than your answers." ~William Culbertson 
 "Gratitude arises from the lived perception, evaluation and acceptance of all of life as grace--as an undeserved and unearned gift from the Father's hand." ~Brennan Manning
"The heart that is constantly overflowing with gratitude will be safe from the attacks of resentfulness and gloom that bother so many persons." ~A.W. Tozer 
"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." ~William Arthur Ward 
"True gratitude is not sporadic. It cannot be spent or exhausted. It is the transformation of a mind that is more grateful for the Giver than for the gift, for the purpose than for the present, for life itself rather than for abundance." ~Ravi Zacharias
 "A spirit of thankfulness is one of the most distinctive marks of a Christian whose heart is attuned to the Lord. Thank God in the midst of trials and every persecution." ~Billy Graham
"Grumbling and gratitude are, for the child of God, in conflict.
Be grateful and you won't grumble. Grumble and you won't be grateful." 
~Billy Graham 
 "When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude." ~G.K. Chesterton 
"I'm so thankful for the active obedience of Christ. No hope without it." ~John Gresham Machen
"It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich." ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer
"Thanksgiving is good but thanks-living is better." ~Matthew Henry
"Even though we can't have all we want, we ought to be thankful we don't get what we deserve." ~Unknown
"If we fill our hours with regrets over the failures of yesterday, and with worries over the problems of tomorrow, we have no today in which to be thankful." ~Unknown
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank You?” William Arthur Ward
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” ~W.T. Purkiser 
"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
"O Lord, that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness." ~William Shakespeare
Expressing gratitude on a regular basis, whether to friends and family or to the Lord, can bring a joy into our lives that will make each day a happily anticipated experience.” ~Unknown

"We need a theology of Thanksgiving: we need hearts that are continually thankful. Thanksgiving is a matter of perspective. Having a thankful heart is to remember just how blessed we are. We often have a tendency to think about what's going wrong, what burdens and bothers us. But God wants us to be thankful, to remember all that God is doing for our good, to keep our faith strong by being grateful for all that He has done...Being thankful is directly connected to our faith--believing that God is working in our lives for our good, that He is for us and that He wants to build and edify our lives." ~Pastor Rich Jones 
Most of us are not grateful for things until we lose them.” ~Unknown
"Thanksgiving is the language of heaven, and we had better start to learn it if we are not to be mere dumb aliens there." ~A. J. Gossip (1873-1954)
"It has seemed to me fit and proper that [the gifts of God] should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens . . . to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens." ~Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), Thanksgiving proclamation, 1863
"To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven." ~Johannes A. Gaertner
He who does not reflect his life back to God in gratitude does not know himself.” ~Albert Schweitzer

When God is our Holy Father, sovereignty, holiness, omniscience, and immutability do not terrify us; they leave us full of awe and gratitude. Sovereignty is only tyrannical if it is unbounded by goodness; holiness is only terrifying if it is untempered by grace; omniscience is only taunting if it is unaccompanied by mercy; and immutability is only torturous if there is no guarantee of goodwill.” ~Ravi Zacharias
"Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse." ~Henry Van Dyke
"We may not always have what we desire--but we certainly have what our God thinks is best for us. Every mercy we have, is directed by His infinite wisdom and eternal love. Let us therefore remember, that our God has chosen our inheritance for us, and it befits us to be content; yes, to be very grateful." ~James Smith
 "Thou hast given so much to me. Give one thing more-a grateful heart: Not thankful when it pleaseth me, As if thy blessings had spare days, But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise."   ~George Herbert (1593-1633)

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