“Christian Quotes, Scripture & Prayer on Gratitude”, from L.Willows (God’s Mercy, Grace, Thanksgiving)

Christian Quotes on Gratitude

 “We need to discover all over again that worship is natural to the Christian, as it was to the godly Israelites who wrote the psalms, and that the habit of celebrating the greatness and graciousness of God yields an endless flow of thankfulness, joy, and zeal.” –J.I. Packer

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” –Charles Spurgeon

 “We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is good, because it is good, if bad, because it works in us patience, humility and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.” –C.S. Lewis

“To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us — and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.” –Thomas Merton

“Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.” –A.W. Tozer

 “Yes, give thanks for ‘all things’ for, as it has been well said ‘Our  disappointments are but His appointments.’” –A.W. Pink

” A sensible thanksgiving for mercies received is a mighty prayer in the Spirit of God. It prevails with Him unspeakably.” — John Bunyan

” The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” — Henry Ward Beecher

Scripture on Gratitude

2 Corinthians 4:15 — All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Colossians 1:12 — And giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

Hebrews 12:28 — Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.

Psalm 7:17 —  I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.

Psalm 28:7 —The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

James 1:17 —  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows

Psalm 136:1 — Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.

Gratitude’s Prayer, “Falling before YOur Throne”

Father God,

We come before you with hearts of wonder, humility and love- falling before Your Throne.

Lord of Lords, only Your Presence can fill the needs and longings of this world, we are thankful for Your Love and for Your protection. Thank you for keeping us near to You.

We bow before you aching to love more, to be more and to break that we might wake- as Yours, help us to know You. May be believe, worship and walk the Light of Spirit.

Your tent is merciful and wide. Stretch our hearts as we shelter in your grace. Let us be graceful to one another and be people of mercy.

Only You can bring peace to us, and comfort this day, this time, these hours. We beseech you knowing the height and length and depth of Your goodness. Help us to be comforters.

We have received so much and been saved and protected by Your Generous Mercies. Our hearts are full because you have loved us, filled us each by Your Faithfulness. Help us to be a Faithful. people.

We are upright because you keep us in Your righteousness by the strength of your Spirit. Cause in us an upright Spirit.

Falling upon Your Heart in gratitude, we spill like a rain cloud of worshippers that sing of love without end. Show us how to worship gratefully.

Falling upon and into Your Heart in gratitude, we tell the story of lives transformed, reformed and made new because of finding You shining through. Teach us how to transform and reform according to your will.

Falling upon, into and from Your Heart in gratitude, we become a new river that flows out of You, in Your Spirit- we live as new, your life in this world, Becoming. Help us to be new, reborn in You.

Gratitude falls in Love with You, Lord. It becomes Love, new by the power of Your Spirit.

In the name of Your Precious Son, Jesus

Amen.

©2020 L.Willows

“Tomorrow, Belonging to You, Everywhere.” a poem from L.Willows (The Lord’s Faithfulness, Mercy, Tomorrow, Blessed)

“Tomorrow, Belonging to You Everywhere.” from L.Willows

We are the voices that called out from There.
Yesterday’s dreams, the needs and the cares.
Tomorrow, Belonging to You everywhere.

Here in the seeking, There in love’s keeping,
All in such mending, the mercy’s deep bending.
Hope’s full reaching Blessed in beseeching.

There, in lives staying, here in love’s saying,
All in the sending of cries that kept praying.

Come to the fore mercy, tender heart more.
Now in the new time, we need Godly pour.
Rain full Love’s bounty, Reign in Your good.
Bring forward your Heaven. Open Your Door!

Be in the seeking, Stay in love’s keeping,
All in such mending, the mercy’s deep bending.
We are the voices that call out from There.
Tomorrow, belonging to You everywhere.

© 2020 Linda Willows

Lamentations 3:22 —The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Revelation 3:20 —Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

“The Blessing’s Sweet Roam”, a worship poem from L.Willows (Hope, Trust in God, Mercy)

Rains of heart prayers soak like love
Entrusted as seedlings to God above.
There, with wings like a flock of His doves
Skies are seasoned with reasons thereof.

Reign, become. Be the blessing’s sweet roam.
Show our return, a Promise from home.
Sweeten the ground with gentle remind
until we are gathered again in Your time.

Rains of heart prayers soak like love
Entrusted as seedling to God above.
Here, with longing that aches to pray
Choruses whisper of a new dawn’s day.

© 2020 Linda Willows

1 John 15:14-15 –And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

Isaiah 65:24 –Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.

Isaiah 41:10 –The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”