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Now that Thanksgiving is over and we’re all determined to never eat that much again, we may tend to forget all the reminders to be grateful.woman - hands up

And yet, gratitude remains one of the most important disciplines as we start over single.

Years ago, I learned about the importance of the grateful heart when I studied the faith journey of King David. The Bible book of praise, The Psalms, contains many of David’s songs of gratitude. Even when he didn’t understand what God was doing, even when he struggled with his own mortality and his own sinful heart – he found solace through gratitude and praise.

Although living as a single parent presents many opportunities for discouragement, we can determine to stay in praise. Each night, recite a litany of personal praises that will keep your heart sealed in gratitude.

“Thank you, God, for fluffy pillows and warm covers. Some women live in caves and don’t know the joy of a comfortable bed.”

“Thank you for my car that started this morning and transported me safely to work.”

“Thank you that we have heat, we have food in the fridge, we have furniture to sit on and we have a Christmas tree.”

No matter how difficult the day has been, reciting thanksgiving prayers lifts us out of the sadness and deposits us into peaceful sleep.

As King David described in his praise Psalm 100, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.”

This king who was acquainted with melancholy, transcribed for us one of the most important qualities we can possess.

Developing a grateful heart and then practicing that gratitude helps us move more easily through our days and keeps us away from those holiday doldrums.

So try it! Stay in gratitude and give thanks.

What are you most grateful for today?

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