6 Biblical characteristics of a Thankful Heart

6 Biblical characteristics of a Thankful Heart

6 Biblical characteristics of a Thankful Heart

Song of Thankful Heart 

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.” –
Johnson Oatman (1897)

It is so easy for my eyes to look at my neighbor’s green pastures, and wish for their blessing. We tend to not have a thankful heart because of the innate greed and discontentment in our lives.

‘Yes, I have this, but I want more’ becomes our motto at times. The song writer pens and reminds each of us to count our own blessings, and name them one by one.

“Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done”

Have you counted your blessings today?

 What better time than today to implement these SIX Biblical characteristics of thankfulness in our lives.

6 Characteristics of a Thankful Heart

A THANKFUL HEART

1. COUNTS HER BLESSINGS:

The song mentioned above says that when we start to jot down all the blessings, it will surprise us as to what the Lord has done.

Psalm 103: 2-5 O bless the Lord o my soul and forget not his benefits, who forgives all your sins, and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion. Who satisfies your desires with good things. 

Journal in your diary today all the things you know are blessings in your life. Remember there is someone else truly praying for the very blessings you have.

2. CELEBRATES THE MIGHTY DEEDS OF GOD:

It is very important to be thankful for the answered prayers and dance before God’s altar. Celebrate Jesus for the restoration and life He has given us thus far.  

Psalm 9:1 , KJV I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works.

Psalm 107:8, KJV Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Hannah’s praise is one of my favorite song in the Bible.

1 Samuel 2:1-2 My heart rejoices in the Lord! The Lord has made me strong. Now I have an answer for my enemies; I rejoice because you rescued me

3. DOES NOT COMPARE:

To compare means “to examine the character or qualities to discover resemblances or differences (Merriam-Webster)”  

It is so important to remember the story of Saul and David this time. David had killed Goliath and the ladies were singing a beautiful song and praising David.

This made Saul very angry. “What’s this?” he said. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!” I Samuel 18:8, NLT

A thankful heart continues to thank God and does not compare with a popular blogger, or a richer friend.

It is more important that our Lord commend us rather than we stoop low by comparing ourselves with others.

4. DOES NOT COMPLAIN: 

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2:14-15).

Imagine a close friend of ours has posted an awesome picture on social media about their amazing trip, how do we react? Do we complain about our sad life?

We must always remember that when we complain about your circumstances, we are complaining about the inability of God’s Sovereignty. A thankful heart does not complain like the Israelites who did witness multiple miracles.

“You are not grumbling against us, but against the LORD” (Exodus 16:8).

5. CULTIVATES A HEART OF CONTENTMENT:

 Anyone who is a child of God has an Eternal hope in Jesus . There will be a day when there will have no more tears  and this can result in praising God despite our circumstances today.

Because Christ lives in me, I will rejoice and give thanks in all circumstances.

God can move our environments from worse to best in His time, and it is important that we continue to have a “Towdah” thankful heart . We must continue to have a thankful heart  by offering our life as a living sacrifice.

Psalm 50:23 NASB: “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God.” 

6. CONTINUES TO ADMINISTER A GENEROUS HEART:

 Administration of our gifts to others results in abundant thanksgiving to God. Scripture mentions that we ought to help the needy so that they can praise God and He can be glorified through our actions.

2 Corinthians 9:11,12, NLT Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.

 A thankful heart is not selfish but realizes the gift of generosity. Invite someone who doesn’t have a family for a meal this weekend or during thanksgiving. 

WHAT AM I THANKFUL FOR THIS YEAR? 

  • I am thankful for the redeeming Grace of my Lord and Savior 

 

  • I am grateful for the darkest periods in my childhood.  I am able stand firm in my faith today and administer to others.

 

  • I am eternally thankful  for the restoration of life of my beloved  sister about a year ago. I got to even meet my siblings after 5 long years. (for we are in different continents)

 

  • Thank you, Jesus for the gift of motherhood after a decade long of waiting.

 

  • I thank the Lord for the ONE YEAR of blogging. It allowed me to draw much closer to my Lord and meet other God-fearing bloggers.

Friend, what are you thankful for this year? I would love to read your comment below.

 

Thankgiving Bible Verses

 

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Until we meet again here

 

Diana

 

 

 

 

About Diana

I am a daughter, sister, wife, and mom to my triplets. Each of these God given roles have shaped me to be the woman I am today. My blog is about how I have found God to be alive in me through the lessons I keep on learning each day. Through the storms and songs in the darkest hour I saw God standing with me.
Christianity is not a religion to me but a personal relationship I have with my Creator who so freely gave His life for me .
Dear Friend, I pray that you too will know this Savior who died not only for your SINS but also for all your SORROWS on the Cross. May you be found in HIM.

Philippians 3:14 (KJV) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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  1. Very much true…sometimes being thankful in times of difficult situations is much tougher than in good times….but the blessings are double..whenever in trials we tend to forget to count our blessings..so I have prepared a Thanksgiving book…where I’m able to jot down all the experienced blessings n read them everyday n thank God Almighty…
    Today let me take the opportunity to thank the Lord for my talented and hardworking sisters..God bless you

  2. When we think about all that God has done for us in the past, we are suddenly more content with the present. God knows our situation and is able to bring deliverance at the appropriate time.

    1. Yes, Susan Amen to your comments. We know how God led us in the past and we also know He will lead us well in the present and future. Blessings and thank you for your wonderful reply.

  3. I love this. It’s amazing how much thankfulness can overcome you when you dwell on what work The Lord has been doing in your life or the lives of those around you. Thanks for these sweet reminders!

    Sydney Meek | meeklyloving.wordpress.com

  4. #3 and #4 can happen in a blink of an eye if we are not focused on having a thankful heart to begin with. The majority of social media surrounds bragging, comparing, and complaining. This is such a great post to focus on all that God does for us and remembering to keep Him at our center! Thank you!

    1. Melissa, I agree with you on #3 and #4 . It can happen to anyone whose heart is not centered on God and His blessings in our life.
      Thank you for visiting me once again

  5. LOVE the writings you quoted at the beginning – so impactful and beautiful. Your points helped me evaluate my heart, and I pray God will continue to grow my contentment in Christ. Complaining and comparison really have no room the more our heart is filled with His glory! Thank you for sharing such wisdom.

    1. Dani, count your blessings is a hymn I learned as a young girl. The song writer teaches us to name them one by one so that we remain thankful. It gives no room for a discontent heart.
      Glad you visited me again 🙂

  6. Great post, Diana! I especially like to write down my blessings in my journal because there’s something about seeing them in black and white that lifts the spirits. And makes me want to praise the Lord. 🙂

    1. Kelly, I love to make a note of all the things I am thankful for as well. Helps me never forget that God is in control always. No matter what let us choose to be thankful

    1. Sarah, I am excited to see your comment here today 🙂 Complaining and comparing doesn’t take much effort when we choose to forget to count our blessings.
      Blessings to you and your ministry

    1. Meghan, I love to sing my praises to the Lord as well 🙂 It creates such a sense of contentment and joy in my home. thank you for your blessed words. Happy November

  7. I am thankful for family and the courage to share my faith. I’ve become bolder and it’s God working in me. I’m thankful for HIs love and guidance!

    1. Julie, I am glad you are proclaiming God’s Word in front of your friends and family. It is so important that we imitate Christ and live a thankful life in front of them
      Happy November

  8. Beautiful post, Diana! Love the verses you gave. Congrats on your 1 year of blogging! I have 1 year and 1 month now. I’m thankful for this writing ministry God has provided for us to glorify Him!

  9. I think #1 and #4 are so important for us to practice every day! Counting our blessings really shows us that we have a lot to be thankful for! Not complaining is really really hard sometimes, especially when things get tough, but we usually complain even when we have so much to be thankful for!

    1. It is a human nature to complain about what we do not have, but Jesus helps us cultivate contentment. Thank you for your lovely comment. I am so glad you visited me today

  10. I love this song in your post. Such a beautiful reminder of how we are blessed if we take the time to count our blessings. Gratitude always dispels discontentment. Thank you for these practical ways to practice having a heart of gratitude.

    1. I learned that song as a little girl ,and its meaning is more powerful today as an adult. Gratitude does dispel discontentment. Amen
      Blessings to you

  11. I am learning how to lament, To tell God all I feel and understand about my situation. To not hide. I am thankful that he is a big God that this does not scare him and he wants to hear all I say with all the time in the world.
    Would like to take up my Everyday Go Thing Journal again this next year.

  12. Comparing and complaining are definitely the opposite of gratitude. Thanks for putting together this timely list of reminders — like a thermometer for taking the temperature of my heart!

  13. I’m convinced that a person can find something to complain about in the best of situations or something to be grateful for in the worst situations. It’s not about circumstances but about your perspective and your heart. Thanks for these great reminders.

  14. Thank you for sharing. Love point 5 – cultivating that heart of thanksgiving is so important.
    I have so much to be thankful for, this year my husband and I celebrated a decade of marriage, I am thankful for answered prayer concerning my children’s adjustment to school, I’m thankful for deep friendships and a writers community. And more than anything I’m thankful that the Lord is faithful to continually quiet my heart with His love, and draw me with His loving kindness. I’m thankful for all the personal growth He has brought about in my own life.

  15. Wonderful list, Diana. And, Happy Blog-a-versary! Congrats on One Year! — I’m thankful for His protection and mercy over my little family. In all of life, the ups and downs, He’s been the one Constant. So very thankful for Him. Thanks for the opportunity to praise Him today. ((Hug))

  16. Diana, I’ve visted here a couple of times now, and each time in-depth ministry greets me. Thank God for bloggers like you, ones that have a burning fire for Jesus, evident for all to see. This post on thanks is wonderful, one I’ve shared with my husband and teens. (I pinned it for my readers as well. And gosh, I’ll likely post it on my professional fb page today as well.) Good, godly, Bible-based encouragement. Love it! #faithonfire

  17. Congratulations on one year of blogging, Diana! You are so talented and accomplished. I love that you’re having so many Pinterest shares…you’ll have to teach me how you got that to happen!

  18. A beautiful reminder about gratitude! My friend, Marva from Sun Sparkle, Shine are doing a 5-Day email course called Wake up to Gratitude as a preparation for the holiday season! An attitude of gratitude is truly a weapon against defeat. It protects our hope and our joy♥

    Thanks, friend, for joining me each week at #MomentsofHope!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

  19. Diana, it’s so good to visit your space today. There are soooo many things I’m thankful for but right now, I’m particularly thankful for new beginnings. Especially the ones where I see God going ahead of me. He always knows best!
    Blessings to you, my friend.

    1. Marva, I am so glad you visited me today. You were in my prayers during the Hurricane. I thank God along with you for the new beginnings in your life as well. May this season bring lots of gratitude and blessing in your life
      Much love

  20. Wow! I was convicted by each of these gratitude principles, Diana. This is a powerful and thought-provoking post that I’ll be sharing! Thanks, my friend!

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