The Power Of Gratitude: 20 Quotes That Inspire Thankfulness

Learning to express gratitude is something that most of our parents taught us at an early age. Many of us can remember the example our mom or dad set for us by simply expressing their own thanks to someone in our earshot.

Or they might have prompted us with, “What do you say to the lady?”, which sometimes was a necessary reminder. 

Whatever our experience with gratitude, we can all use a gentle reminder at times of the power of gratitude. An attitude of gratitude is a wonderful thing and a grateful heart goes a long way toward improving attitudes and even relationships. 

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Tim Keller clearly explains the difference between gratitude and thankfulness in this short but concise sentence: “It’s one thing to be grateful. It’s another to give thanks. Gratitude is what you feel. Thanksgiving is what you do.”

How To Practice Gratitude

A daily practice of gratitude will take repetition and refining for most of us. Making it a conscious habit can develop our “gratitude muscles” so that we default to thinking with thankfulness in the present moment, and it is not a burden and not an imposition. To get started, you may need to set reminders on your phone or place notes strategically throughout your home or office. 

Recording the things we are grateful for is a helpful way of developing a grateful mindset. A gratitude journal can be a plain notebook, a piece of paper on the refrigerator, or a page in your devotional notebook. Writing down the things you are grateful for brings consciousness to your thought patterns. 

It may be hard at first to think of things that we are grateful for. Start with the big things, the obvious, noticeable things, and we will gradually start seeing many more little things to give thanks for, things we may have never considered in the past. The more we give thanks, the more we will notice good things to be thankful for. 

Giving thanks for the hard things isn’t easy. But once you develop that consciousness of gratefulness, you may see that even in difficult times, we can have eyes of gratitude.  Hard times may yield growth and wisdom, new friends, or an appreciation of special gestures from friends, loved ones, or even strangers.

Practicing gratitude frequently requires us to take a long view rather than short-sightedness. Looking beyond the end of our noses is hard at first, but can become second nature when we do it often enough. Gratitude requires thinking with our hearts swelling full, leaving that old very small heart far behind. 

Inspirational Gratitude Quotes

I hope this curated list of gratitude quotes about the power of gratitude will inspire your attitude of gratitude and help you to see good in the little things in all of life. 

“We should spend as much time in thanking God for His benefits as we do in asking Him for them.”

St Vincent de Paul

“A spirit of thankfulness is one of the most distinctive marks of a Christian whose heart is attuned to the Lord. Thank God in the midst of trials and every persecution.”

Billy Graham

“Gratitude is a decision of the will, and if a decision of the will, the choice resides squarely with us. Deciding to be thankful is no easy task. It takes work.”

Chucj Swindoll

“Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.”

A.W. Tozer

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!”

Henry Ward Beecher

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that, I still possess.”

Corrie ten Boom

“It’s possible to be thankful wherever you find yourself.”

David Jeremiah

“God is in control and therefore in everything I can give thanks – not because of the situation but because of the One who directs and rules over it.”

Kay Arthur

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, and confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Melody Beattie

“The thankful heart sees the best part of every situation. It sees problems and weaknesses as opportunities, struggles as refining tools, and sinners as saints in progress.”

Francis Frangipane

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”

Harry Ironside

“God has promised to supply all our needs. What we don’t have now, we don’t need now.”

Elizabeth Elliott

“We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.” (Albert Barnes)

Albert Barnes

“When we choose thankful prayer over wallowing in anxiety and worry, we are demonstrating an unwavering trust in God.”

Priscilla Shirer

“Yes, give thanks for “all things” for, as it has been well said, “Our disappointments are but His appointments.”

A,W. Pink

“If there was ever a secret for unleashing God’s powerful peace in a situation, it’s developing a heart of true thanksgiving.”

Lysa Terkeurst

“Lord, if You bless me, I’ll thank You; but if You don’t, I’ll be thankful for what I have.”

Phil Robertson

“A state of mind that sees God in everything is evidence of growth in grace and a thankful heart.”

Charles Finney

“A sensible thanksgiving for mercies received is a mighty prayer in the Spirit of God. It prevails with Him unspeakably.”

John Bunyan

Bible Verses About Gratitude

The Bible gives me plenty of encouragement to live each day with a grateful heart. Spending time with God is the sweetest thing I know, and proves to me day after day that there is truly nothing better. 

Psalm 106:1

Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” (ESV)

God’s goodness and His love are some of the greatest reasons to give Him praise and thanks. Even on your darkest days, when you can’t find any other reason to praise Him, there is this: giving thanks to the Lord because He is good and His steadfast love endures forever.  

2 Thessalonians 1:3

“We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.” (ESV)

God has put other people in our lives in order for us to love each other, to give and receive the help of others, and to teach and learn from each other. Because of faithful Christians, who invest in people with love, faith grows throughout the body of Christ.  

1 Timothy 4:4-5

“Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer.” (NLT)

Everything that God has made is to be an object of our appreciation. How often do you look around you and thank God for all that you see? It’s easy to be thankful for beauty, but what about objects of His creation that are less noticeable, or less likable (I suppose, like spiders, or maybe dirt)? 

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1 Corinthians 15:57

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (ESV)

And what victory He has granted us! We have the victory over sin, and even death, not to mention smaller and less significant things in our daily lives. The victory Jesus has given us allows Him to work in us turning hate into love and compassion, mourning into dancing, doubt into faith, and tears of loss into tears of joy. In Christ, our souls blossom with gratitude for the victory He won for us on the cross, and because of this victory, we know that the final victory over the enemy of our souls has already been won. 

Psalm 9:1-2

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.” (ESV)

Here’s some food for thought: Am I truly thankful for God’s wonderful deeds? Do I recount them and thank Him with all of my heart? Am I glad and am I exulting, and praising His wonderful Name? What a great habit it would be to open our eyes each day giving thanks to our God, and to make praising Him our nightly prayer!

1 Chronicles 16:34

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! (ESV)

If we aren’t sure what to pray for, what if we focus on God’s great goodness and His enduring love? Just think – we will be basking in His love forever, for more years than we can even comprehend. His love will never, ever, ever come to an end for those who are saved by Christ and who have the great privilege of spending eternity with Him!

The Power Of Gratitude

There are infinitely more benefits than downsides to having a thankful attitude rather than a negative attitude. When we reach a true state of gratitude in whatever current situation we are in, we realize how very rich we are. 

Extreme gratitude can sprout from ordinary opportunities, and a growing awareness of the simple things in life is a great reward for the practice of developing a grateful mindset. 

If you struggle with gratitude, you might find Being Grateful In The Everyday to be helpful. Not only can we be grateful for all that we have, but we can be grateful for who God is. When we take the time to contemplate the character of God and who He really is, we can be overwhelmed with who He is and what He has done for us. 

Even an ordinary life can grow into a life packed full of the highest appreciation as we learn the meaning of the real gift of gratitude. Our attitudes are nurtured to an improved state of mental health and positive emotions when we learn how to keep an attitude of gratitude.   

Gratitude is contagious! When others see us noticing even small things to be thankful for, they may start to notice a lack of gratitude in their own lives. In this way, we can have a positive influence on the other person’s whole life by simply showing our thankfulness in all things. 

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