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Losing weight is a body, mind and spirit proposition. Eating right and moving more are important which is why you will find tons of easy, healthy recipes and weight loss tips. The mind and spirit are integral too which is why I collect and share motivational quotes. Words have power. A steady supply of inspiring words are also essential to my success. 

I love devotionals. I’ve been reading them daily for years. I’ve decided to begin sharing a weekly devotional specific to weight loss. I’ve found it helpful to read and re-read it every day of the week, until I have it committed to memory. The positive words soak into every part of my being refreshing me and giving me strength.

This week’s devotional is all about Gratitude  I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal for years. The benefits of gratitude are undeniable which is why it’s worthwhile to cultivate the practice of counting your blessings: It can transform your life. 

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My Weekly Weight Loss Devotional: With Gratitude

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. ~Psalm 100:4

Life is always less than perfect, so there’s always something to complain about if we want to. But the Bible says, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing.” (Philippians 2:14) Why? Because the negativity snowballs if we entertain in. On the other hand, if we focus on the things we have to be grateful for, we enter God’s gates with thanksgiving. 

A spirit of praise and thanksgiving is something we should make a vital, indispensable part of our everyday lives. No matter who we are, where we are, or what the time or occasion, we always have something for which to be thankful.

In The Daniel Plan we encourage you to write down at least three things you’re grateful for every day. Writing them down for even a couple of weeks can measurably increase your level of happiness and contentment. 

It’s also helpful to tell someone what you’re grateful for, especially if it’s something they have done. Saying thank you uplifts both of you. And if there’s a concrete way you can show your gratitude, like doing something for someone else or giving a gift, that will root you even deeper into the fertile soil of contentment. 

When we meditate on what we’re grateful for, we will supercharge our moods and have a far richer experience of God’s powerful presence in our lives. 

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” ~ Meister Eckhart

Source: The Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional

More Quotes about Gratitude

“Everyone who is alive can find something to be grateful for if they look for it. If you are among the few that can’t find anything, start with the fact that you are ALIVE and continue from there. Counting ones blessings is a barometer of mental health.” ~  Gudjon Bergmann, The Seven Human Needs: A practical guide to finding harmony and balance in everyday life

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“Be thankful that you have clothes to wear, food to eat and a place to sleep. ~  Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” ~ Willie Nelson

“The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.” ~William Penn

“The more we express our gratitude to God for our blessings, the more he will bring to our mind other blessings. The more we are aware of to be grateful for, the happier we become.” ~ Ezra Taft Benson

“To multiply your joy, count your blessings.” ~ J. B. Priestley

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” ~ Charles Dickens

Martha McKinnonMartha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.

A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.

She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.

A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she’s not experimenting in the kitchen, you’re likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.

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