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Cultivating Gratitude

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Consider these five simple practices as a starting point for cultivating gratitude. 


  1. Make a gratitude list. Write down 7-10 things on the list each day. Download a Gratitude app to your mobile device or purchase a blank book specifically for keeping your gratitude list.
  2. Say a grace before each meal. Also say a grace before you engage in a new activity.
  3. Each time you pick up the phone, receive or send a text, or look at an email or letter, give thanks for that person.
  4. If you are struggling with fear, sadness, or hopelessness, stop what you are doing and jot down a list of 5 things for which you are grateful.
  5. Say a prayer of thanks at the end of the day.



From Alive Now, November/December 2011. © 2011 The Upper Room.

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Our resolve must be different. My prayer is that we have finally reached a tipping point. My hope is that when the protests fade and the marches slow that our will as a church to truly eradicate the scourge of racism won’t dissipate but grows even stronger.” 

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