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Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude: Thanksgiving By Brother Ed Hird
(October 10 was Thanksgiving Day in Canada) Life is messy. Family is messy. Marriage is messy. Church is messy.  How do we navigate through the complexities of daily life? A key to healthy sailing through life’s storms is gratitude.

The 19th century Cambridge resident, Charles Simeon, once said: “What ingratitude there is in the human heart.” It is so easy to end up as a complaining, grumbling person when things don’t go our way. The best therapy for a complaining or fearful attitude is to switch from grumbling to thankfulness, from moaning to praising, from bellyaching to belly laughing.

Dr. Patrick Dixon commented that someone who can never laugh is as emotionally imprisoned as someone who can never cry. Dr. Dixon notes that laughter alters the levels of various “stress” hormones such as cortisol, dopamine, adrenaline and growth hormone – all released when we are tense, working hard, worried or afraid. In typical office stress, all the hormones are released but no exercise follows and the body suffers. We develop stomach ulcers, arteries clog up, we become irritable and develop a host of other problems – all because the body is pumping out hormones we don’t need. Laughter, says Dr. Dixon, shuts down these hormone levels, keeping them low. Interestingly, endorphin levels (natural morphine-like substances) seem to remain the same, following laughter.

More and more research is coming to the forefront, showing that gratitude and joyful laughter are connected with healthy living, while grumbling is connected with diseased living. Dr. E. Stanley Jones once said: “If you are unhappy at home, you should try to find out if your wife hasn’t married a grouch.” Worry, fear, and anger are the greatest disease causers. We need to prune from our lives all tendencies to fault-find, blame and put down others. Instead we need to daily practice the healing therapy of “counting our blessings.”

I would encourage you to take 10 minutes today to write down 10 gifts that you have received in your life that you are thankful for. It might be your children, your work, your sense of humour, your spouse, your parents, the trees and mountains, or your home country. Then practice saying thank you for these wonderful gifts. It always helps to have someone to whom to say “thank you”.  As the source of all good gifts, it only makes sense to express appreciation to the Creator of this mysterious universe. As someone once said, happiness is seeing a sunset and knowing who to thank.

I am more convinced than ever that each of us were born to be thankful. Ingratitude is like putting sawdust into our car engines. Through an attitude of gratitude, we are protecting ourselves from countless diseases that could otherwise come our way. Our immune system is a remarkably delicate mechanism that just cannot handle acidic emotions like bitterness, rage, or malice. I challenge you therefore to find out for yourself whether an attitude of gratitude will improve your emotional and physical health. Over our kitchen table is a wall plaque with the words: “in everything, give thanks.”

One of the keys to ongoing vitality is the gift of gratitude. God has taught us that all things work together for the good for those who love the Lord. He has taught us that what was sometimes meant for evil, God means for good, even for the saving and helping of many other people.

May God give each of us the strength to develop an attitude of gratitude.  Gratitude is the key to everything healthy in our lives.  What are you grateful for on this Harvest Thanksgiving weekend?

-previously published in the Deep Cove Crier/North Shore News and the Light Magazine     Prayer Focus
This week’s prayer focus is Brother Ed Hird, one of our newest members of The Four. Brother Ed and his wife Janice Hird live in British Columbia, Canada. Please lift him in your prayers this week.


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The YouTube chats by Pastors Giulio & Lina Gabeli

Dear friends in Christ,

The 2022 BC Christian Ashram talks were such a blessing.  You are encouraged to watch them and pass them on to others.
Here are the Youtube links your excellent talks with subtitlles:
#1 Opening Talk by Giulio Gabeli 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c_fb5JeVMY
 #2 First Talk by Lina Gabeli 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXiRwUXfqkw
#3 Giulio Gabeli: Thy Will Be Done on This Earth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDzsXjx0OyA
#4 Lina Gabeli: The Goodness of God’s Will for Us
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPnd1js9mR0
#5 Giulio & Lina Gabeli Leading the BC Christian Ashram Healing Service https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA5NrQKuaVM
#6 Guilo Gabellio: Living in the Atmosphere of Heaven’s Will
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1d0M0VEYPI
7# Catherine Morris’ Witness at the BC Christian Ashram retreat
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptKCcgw9Nwo
8# Ed Hird leading the BC Christian Ashram Communion & Commissioning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0D_VUxl41w

Ed Hird, Director
https://bcchristianashram.com


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Freedom in You

Click to view Freedom In You by Jonathan Williams

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Obedience is better than sacrifice

A great quote from Dr E Stanley Jones: “I find by actual experience that when I obey Christ without reserve, then life catches its rhythm, its harmony, its peace, its song. But when I do not obey him, or obey him only partially, then something snaps within; life sags and loses its music” (from Christ’s Alternative to Communism, Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1935), 244.

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BC Christian Ashram talks

I was recently appointed as part of the Group of 4 which gives spiritual mentorship to the United Christian Ashram movement throughout the world. You are encouraged to check out these online BC Christian Ashram talks that will refresh your love for Jesus and his Kingdom.

2021 BC Christian Ashram talks

Rev Steve Schroeder “Thy Kingdom Come

Rev. Dr. Rod Ellis “God’s Kingdom

Rev. Steve Schroeder “Practising God’s Presence

Bev Lombard “God’s Church in Mission

Rev Dr Rod Ellis “Sharing God’s Kingdom

Rev Steve Schroeder “God’s Kingdom Presence

Rev. Steve Schroeder “Communion before Commissioning

Christian Ashram Music Playlists

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqaJr3nvYfvop0hXGdTT3yt-DYE6LzSco

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqaJr3nvYfvqoVMqhvZK05Tv3BnyLnGsJ

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqaJr3nvYfvoPMRXF4cPMJh-E7FAQGX5K

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqaJr3nvYfvoPit7zS-m6lNSPp3wGdLoq

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqaJr3nvYfvo4FLNyGSSz91etePTrggQ2

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Rev Steve Schroeder: Communion before Commissioning

Click to view his final message
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Longing for the Father’s Presence

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God’s Imperishable Kingdom

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Rev Rod Ellis on God’s Kingdom

Rev Rod Ellis speaking at the 2001 BC Christian Ashram retreat on God’s Kingdom

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