Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let’s continue to express our gratitude.  ~ Hebrews 12:28

They are the first words I see.

The moment my eyes open from a night’s sleep. Stenciled on the gable directly across from my bed — “Each day is a gift from God.”

Prompting me to thank God even before my feet hit the floor. Before the world inevitably begins to invade my posture of praise. The morning news is violent. Icy roads disrupt my schedule. And I’m still waiting on medical tests results.

Do you sometimes find it difficult to muster up feelings of gratitude?

Jonathan Edwards suggested we live “gracious gratitude—being thankful not just for God’s gifts and blessings but for God Himself and who He is.” So in those moments when we cannot think of one thing to thank God for, we can thank Him for who He is.

Nothing sparks gratitude like perspective. What if you awakened each day only to remember you had been diagnosed with ALS, a highly degenerative disease with no cause and no cure? One man chose to focus on what he could do: “Lord, thank You for waking me up this morning. Lord, thank You that I can turn over in my bed. . . . Lord, thank You that I can still eat breakfast . . . Lord, thank You that I can still talk.”

Thanksgiving and praise to God run throughout the pages of the Old Testament even in the midst of violent and horrific circumstances. And they continue through the New Testament, despite persecution and danger. In these summer “Grace & Gratitude Blogs,” we will unpack many words that call us to live with hearts full of gratitude, not just when we awaken to a sunny sky, but when we face a day of darkness and despair.

I am so very grateful. First for God. Then for His gifts.

Will you join me in unwrapping them?

BENEDICTION: My child, it is My deepest joy to offer you gifts—of grace, mercy and hope. As you unpack their worth and usefulness, may your own heart be filled to overflowing with gratitude. For opportunities that come your way. For people you can bless. And yes, for Me, the Lover of your soul.

Every Blessing, Lucinda

“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity and Strength”

©2022 Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Lucinda Secrest McDowell is a storyteller and seasoned mentor who engages both heart and mind while “Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength.” She has authored 16 books including “Soul Strong – 7 Keys to a Vibrant Life” , “Life-Giving Choices – 60 Days to What Matters Most,” “God’s Purpose for You,” and “The Courage to Write.” (Purchasing my books here benefits me as an Amazon associate.) She writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in New England and shares encouraging words weekly at

Want to read all of the “Grace & Gratitude Summer Blogs”? Click HERE to read as each one goes live. These 14 weeks of blogs — adapted from Lucinda’s award-winning book “Ordinary Graces” — come out each Wednesday morning June 1st through August 31st. Thanks for reading. Click HERE to add your email to get blogs weekly in your in box.


  1. HELLEN DALE on June 8, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    Very refreshing & inspirational. I am truly being blessed by your blog. Keep up the good work Woman of God!

  2. DiAnn Mills on June 8, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    Your posts are always a blessing.

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