“Gratefulness inspires the dreams that attract your heart’s desires.”Lynn F. Austin
Today I was reminded of the power of gratitude and its connection to our heart’s desires. I sometimes have to battle pride and ego in my walk as a Christian, and the negative energy they create, particularly when I sense (or my interpretation of) being taken for granted, not treated with respect, left out of matters that impact me, etc. First off, note that I did say my interpretation of… but anyway…. I haven’t mastered how I “feel” in those moments but I am beginning to understand the need to recognize it and repurpose the energy associated with the feeling.
The way I look at it, I can address it or not and certainly may not be able to influence change in another person, but there are definitely things I can do for myself to change the energy that flows to and from me. Here are three techniques that I have learned to use: 1) recognize and acknowledge the energy, the feeling, the hurt, and also that it could be laced with an ego or pride-infused interpretation 2) I pray three scriptures:
- Proverbs 18:16 so that I am reminded that “God’s put a gift inside me that the world will make room for” so that I fulfill the desires of my heart according to His will;
- Psalm 1:3 so that I embrace that “like a tree planted by a stream, I will prosper (bring forth my fruit) in my season; and
- Deuteronomy 30:9 so that I fully understand that God “will make me prosperous in the works of my hands”
…and last but not least 3) exercise or go for a brisk walk so that generating physical energy disrupts any “stinking-thinking” allowing me to reset, give thanks, generate and receive positive energy.
Regardless of what I encounter, my response is the only thing I truly have power (choice) over.
With gratitude in my heart, I release thanks to all and make room for and welcome in the energy of possibilities, promise, hope, and opportunity.
Lynn F. Austin, MBA is an author and speaker. Her messages reflect her courage and commitment against fear, doubt, and disbelief. She is dedicated to serving causes impacting domestic violence and at-risk youth. Click here to request more info or to check availability.