By Joyce Meyer
I'm blessed and I'm a blessing.
When I get up in the morning, I like to say a prayer of blessing. "God I bless this day in Jesus' name. I bless my husband. I bless my children and my sons-in-law and daughters-in-law. I bless my grandchildren. I'm blessed because of Jesus. And I'm living under the blessing of God." It really helps me start my day with a right attitude and focus.
I'm So Thankful!
Have a thanksgiving session each day. Take time to thank God for everything you can think of, from hot water to food to a roof over your head. And tell people you're thankful for what they do for you.
Psalm 107:1-2 says, "O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and Loving-kindness endure forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so..."
If you're in the middle of a difficult situation, trust that God's doing something good right now-bringing circumstance together, changing hearts, changing minds. Don't wait until you're on the other side of the blessing to thank Him for it. Remember...we're the redeemed of the Lord and we are supposed to "say so!"
I was made to encourage
First Thessalonians 5:11 tells us to encourage one another and build each other up. Say something positive to the people around you about who they are or how much you appreciate them. Or tell them how much God loves them and wants to bless them.
Encouragement is powerful. It can actually make a person feel better. I remember one time when I got a text message from my youngest son. All it said was, " I love you, Mommy!" At that moment, I literally felt refreshed by his words. They gave me the extra close of encouragement I needed that day.
Think about the people you're going to be around today and ask God to put word of encouragement in your heart for them.