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Getting Real: Gratitude

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In our Getting Real sermon series, we’re looking at how spiritual practices serve as tools for heart change and authenticity before God.

To help make this more practical, each week a Woodland staff member will share about a spiritual practice that has been meaningful to them as well as tips for how you might try it out. 


“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer an petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” –Philippians 4:6

Gratitude, a posture of intentionally being thankful, is a way to actively lean into our faith. Gratitude reminds us of the goodness of God and of the beauty of his work in our lives. As his beloved children, we have the opportunity to allow our lives to be crafted and shaped by gratitude. Through this lens, we have the ability to see rightly the activity of God in our lives and can begin to notice all the many ways in which are lives are richly blessed.

Here are some tips to practice gratitude in your life:

  • Set aside space daily
  • Take time to reflect
  • Speak aloud what you are grateful for
  • Write it down
  • Say a prayer of thanks for what you have expressed gratitude for

Let us know in the comments if you have any other tips to share, or if you have questions!

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