Give Thanks


A grateful heart changes everything.

(Listen to my song “Give Praise and Thanks) on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Psalm 146:2

Praise the LORD, my soul; I will praise the LORD all my life, sing praise to my God while I live.


Sometimes the troubles of the world…the injustices…the pain and suffering…can be overwhelming.

It is easy to fall into pessimism and cynicism.

But stop for a moment.

Really stop.

Do not get drawn into the mire of human-created, ego-driven delusions based on greed and self-centeredness.

Allow your mind’s non-stop commentary to cease.

Take a deep breath.

Just breathe.

Each of your breaths is a gift.

Life is a gift: the sunshine, green grass, flowers, singing birds, your pet dog or cat, your loved ones…all gifts.

A Zen master was once quoted as saying, “What in this moment is lacking?”

Psalm 23 states, “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.”

In this moment…I am whole. I have all I need.

I am loved.

Jesus told us that the greatest commandments were to Love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Love is what matters most. It is the Life-force that is sustaining us right now.

Stop and sense it.

It is all gift.

Dwell on that…and then sing praise to the Love that made you!


Listen to my song “Give Praise and Thanks” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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