Happy weekend, gals! I’m so thrilled that many of you ladies seem to be enjoying these inner beauty posts on Saturdays. I have to admit, knowing that they’re coming up each week has pressed me to give a little more thought to what inner beauty looks like as well as how it’s developed. I want to be a woman who radiates God’s glory from the inside out. And it sounds like many of you do, too.
So as I’ve been contemplating what makes a woman beautiful from the inside out, one of the keys I’ve settled on is that gratitude seems to permeate the hearts of women who conduct themselves with true grace and loveliness. Wouldn’t you agree?
What is a grateful spirit?
To have a grateful spirit is to be fully aware of the grace and generosity of God in one’s life. A grateful woman humbly acknowledges that all she has is a gift – both the obvious blessings of life as well as the burdens or challenges she’s been given. For it’s in those hardships that she is best able to give others a glimpse of the God she loves and serves.
When we nurture a grateful spirit we protect ourselves from feelings of self-pity, self-importance, self-reliance and selfishness, all of which are pretty stinky attitudes that can settle in if we’re not on our guard against them. A grateful spirit also provides a clearer perspective as we naturally begin to focus first on God, then on other people and less on ourselves.
Finally, an attitude of gratitude helps us face hardships and sudden disruptions in our lives. If we’ve nurtured this attitude daily, when we suddenly feel overwhelmed or shaken, we’ll be more prepared to trust the God who has graciously provided for every need we’ve experienced.
And that, ladies, is what a beautiful spirit looks like to me. It’s a woman who radiates peace and joy and calm and grace, even in the midst of trials or struggles. A grateful heart is certainly a key in developing that kind of inner beauty.
4 ways to nurture gratitude this weekend
So I thought I’d provide us with four simple (or not so simple!) ways to nurture gratitude in our hearts this very weekend. These are one time exercises, but you can do them over and over. Think of them as jump starters, but also consider how you can take these and make daily habits out of them.
#1 – Tell your spouse or loved one “Thank you.”
Think of something your spouse or other loved one does for you and/or your family consistently and perhaps without any recognition. Something like…
- getting the oil changed in your car
- making the coffee each morning
- walking the dogs
- changing out the litter box
- paying the bills
- putting away the leftovers
- or cutting the grass
Now tell your loved one thank you for doing that mundane task. Express your gratitude for never having to do it yourself, for knowing that he is taking care of it and for the time it saves you.
#2 – Write a thank you note…again.
Consider a beloved object that you enjoy using and/or having that you received as a gift. You probably expressed your appreciation for the gift when you received it. But take the time this weekend to let that gift giver know that you’re still using and enjoying the thing they gave you. Write them a handwritten note, preferably, or a text or email. But share with them how that gift has kept on giving you joy. Or if it’s something you no longer have or the gift was a consumable (like a lovely meal or trip), but the memory of it still warms your heart, you can let the generous gift giver know that, too!
#3 – Count your blessings, name them one by one.
Nothing fancy about this tip. Just make a list of all the blessings you can think of. But focus on those that you experienced today. Consider things that you may take for granted on a normal day, but many people in the world would consider a luxury.
But don’t just count your blessings. Name them one by one. In other words, share your list with someone. Tell your husband about some of the things on your list or share it with your kids. Give God a little glory!
#4 – Get down on your knees.
There’s just something about getting down on our knees to pray. Daniel did it, David did it, Jesus did it. When we’re on our knees we’re acknowledging our great need and God’s great provision. We’re confessing that He is God and we are not.
Spend some time on your knees this weekend thanking God for the many ways He has blessed you just this past week.
And, dear gals, I just want to say thank you to you. I am most grateful for you. Thank you for reading, subscribing, commenting, showing up. You are a blessing to me. I do not take you for granted. Please know that I am grateful that you have chosen to be part of the Dressed for My Day community.
Have a blessed and lovely weekend!
13 thoughts on “4 Ways to Nurture a Grateful Spirit”
This is a great post Kay! Gratitude has an excellent way of putting everything we have going on in life into the right perspective, God’s perspective. I want to say thank you to you Kay for carrying Biblical messages to your Readers, and for sharing Jesus in each of your daily posts. And thank you for sharing fashion, health, and beauty with us too!
So grateful for all you do for this community Kay! What a lovely reminder this morning on how to cultivate inner beauty! I certainly enjoy all your posts, but Saturday mornings are becoming a favorite for me! Have a blessed weekend!
So grateful for your Saturday posts! Love all your posts on fashion, body type, etc too. And enjoy hearing about your new life in Ohio!
Thank you for this post. It’s so easy for me to slip into a selfish attitude and practicing thankfulness is a needed practice. It’s been interesting to me to see how many places in the Bible thankfulness is the prescription for so many different wrong attitudes and sins we struggle with. So..thank you for this reminder. I am loving your inner beauty series!
I am grateful for you and the many ways you gently and kindly model both clothes and a gracious, grateful spirit.
What a great post! Thank you for all that you do. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
I have many things for which to be grateful! Thank you for this wonderful post to help put that in the forefront of my mind. It is easy to become wrapped up in daily life and take for granted our many blessings. Have a blessed weekend!
Thank you for this! I had an experience this week where my feelings got hurt in a misunderstanding and I apologized for my part and the other person did not. I am glad that I took responsibility for my part and did it without contention but I walked away hurt and it has been bothering me this week. But when you stated above that gratitude helps us express true grace and loveliness then I realized that I need to show that and get over it despite what happens on the other end. I can be grateful that we can still be good neighbors and pray when I need that extra help. Thanks again.
Another great Saturday post! I need an occasional reminder to consciously work on my Attitude of Gratitude
What an inspiring post! I’m grateful for you and your blog.
Thanks for these posts. They are so helpful and inspiring.
This was a timely reminder for me. I’m afraid I allowed myself to stay stuck in grumbling mode last week, choosing to look at some challenging circumstances rather than the many, many ways God has blessed me. Thank you for sharing this, Kay!
You bet, Lauren. It’s so easy for any of us to slip into that mode. ☺️