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Sundown Devotional: Thankful for Little Pieces

MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

We manage better when we’re grateful,

We manage better when we’re grateful,

The Devotional

Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he [Jesus] gave thanks and broke the loaves. (Matthew 14: 19)

Have you ever been in a situation where your supply was too little? Not enough? Jesus, in a somewhat similar circumstance, gave thanks and then broke the small amount there was, into smaller pieces. While sharing with thousands of people, not-enough converted to more-than-enough, and everyone was satisfied (verses 20,21) with pieces. When God provides only a little, it may be that it takes only that little, for Him to fulfill His purpose.

We might have begun with a petition for more, but Jesus began with an expression of thanks. If we think that the little which God gives us is only for us, we may become selfish and ungrateful. If we understand that we are stewards of whatever He provides, we will focus on the purpose, not the size, of His provision. The thanks we give for little will be as genuine as we give for much.

We usually plan our thanksgiving for the end of the journey, for the achievement of some large goal, for the time when all the family members can gather for the celebration. Meanwhile, we neglect to say thanks for the little steps leading up to the outcome. Psychologists agree that gratitude increases physical and mental health, resilience, self-confidence and other virtues which improve our performance. We manage better when we’re grateful, so why not say thanks for every little piece of progress?

Our attitude of gratitude for little pieces will encourage us to say thanks more often; not only to God, but also to people who extend little pieces of courtesy, share little pieces of information, give little pieces of advice. We will say thanks to many more people, who will learn from us to say thanks to many more people. There is a world full of joy to be found and shared, in little pieces. It takes one small step, one thankful expression, to begin our new adventure of intentional gratitude for little things.

Prayer: Dear Lord, Giver of all good gifts, please accept our equal thanks for both the little and the large. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Text credit: Antonio Smith (paraphrase)

Text credit: Antonio Smith (paraphrase)

Quotes on Gratitude for Little Things

  1. A little "thank you" that you will say to someone for a "little favour" shown to you is a key to unlock the doors that hide unseen "greater favours". ― Israelmore Ayivor
  2. Genuine gratitude helps us to see the little things in life that are often overlooked, yet so precious. ― Dana Arcuri
  3. I press the elevator button and am thankful that it arrives quickly. . . I get out and am thankful that Julie left the door unlocked so I don't have to rummage for my King Kong key ring. . . I’ve never before been so aware of . . . the thousands of things that go right every day. ― A.J. Jacobs
  4. Writing has become . . . a way to express my feelings and pour my entire soul into the pages of my books. Thank God for . . . the little things that make way for us to escape reality and enter new worlds that we create. ― Nina Jean Slack
  5. Be thankful for the rain. . . Nothing grows, nothing moves forward without a little rain now and then. ― Sarah M. Anderson
  6. I thank Thee for the temporal blessings of this world —the refreshing air, the light of the sun, the food that renews strength, the raiment that clothes, the dwelling that shelters, the sleep that gives rest . . . family, kindred, friends. ― Anonymous, Puritan Prayers
  7. No matter how little you have, there are things to be thankful for. Being grateful is an attack on self-pity. ― Alex Uwajeh
  8. Sometimes nice things happen to good people. . . it’s up to the good people to just say ‘thank you,’ and move on. ― Hanya Yanagihara
  9. It is a wonderful thing to see a person with the power of God in his life. He says, “Thank you,” for things we would not consider even mentioning. . . knowing that all things are given to him by God. ― Dan DeHaan
  10. God made mud. God got lonesome. So God said to some of the mud, "Sit up!" . . . And I was some of the mud that got to sit up and look around. . . Thank you for the honor! ― Kurt Vonnegut
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Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 03, 2019:

Thanks, Mavis. The image of your plants laughing made me smile. Also a great example of being grateful for simple blessings, and not taking any for granted. I appreciate your affirmation.

Mavis Chiverton on November 28, 2019:

Today i was so thankful for the rain i was able to admire my plants that were actually laughing They too were thankful Many of them stood up straight It was a happy sight

Thank you Lord

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 26, 2019:

Thanks, Marlene. "For all things at all times" may be a challenge, but the more we comply, the more the benefits.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on November 25, 2019:

I never forget to say grace before meals, but your devotional reminds me of how important it is to be gratful for all things at all times.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 24, 2019:

So sweet of you too, Luis, to demonstrate the beautiful virtue we are focusing on. Thank you.

Luis G Asuncion from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 24, 2019:

Yes Dora, since you've said to thank to the people He puts in our way to us.

Ànd I would like to take this opportunity Dora, thanks to you too, thanks to Eric, Linda, John, Manatita, William, Pamela, Susan, Liz, Denise and a lot more. Sorry if I didn't mention some because of limited space. However, I will make it possible to say always thank to whom I did not mentioned. You know who you are.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 24, 2019:

Eric, thanks for being so kind. This the week in which most thanks are expressed. You count for several blessings on my list.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 24, 2019:

I come back to remember lessons I have learned from you. You are my favorite teacher and preacher. Love your day my fine lady friend.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 24, 2019:

Luis, it's great to say thanks to the Lord. Let us also say thanks to the people He puts in our way to help us.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 24, 2019:

Bill, a great week to you, too! This is the season for reflection on what we're most grateful for.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 24, 2019:

Linda, thanks for your input. Sometimes those closet to us, who hel us the most, get the least thanks. Yes, we need to remember them.

Luis G Asuncion from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 24, 2019:

I always thank to the Lord for giving me food, new morning, and strength to do all things.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on November 24, 2019:

You gave us much to think about in this one, Dora. A lot of self-examination needs to take place. Thanks for posting this one. Have a great week!!!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 23, 2019:

Thank you very much for stressing the importance of gratitude, especially at this time of year. It's important that we express our thanks to those who have helped us.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 23, 2019:

Liz, you're welcome. We do need reminders occasionally. Also, it takes time to change form old habits to new and better ones.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 23, 2019:

As ever a thought-provoking and challenging article. Thank you for the inspiration. Amidst all the business of life sometimes it's easy to forget to say thank you. Thanks for reminding me.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 22, 2019:

Thanks, Antonio. I think your comment is also one of the best I have received. Happy Thanksgiving!

Antonio50S on November 22, 2019:

To MsDora.

Have you any idea how good this devotional is ?

This is one of the best yet.

Every time i read devotionals like this, I am really thankful & grateful for life itself, and for people like you who make the effort to write them, for the benefit of others.

Good one Dora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 22, 2019:

Layne, thanks for your affirmation. It will helpe someone to embrace the habit of gratitude. It encourages me too.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 22, 2019:

Denise, I'm glad that you have such a wise and caring daughter. Her response to tragic news is to express love to her mother. Thank you for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 22, 2019:

Thanks, Linda. All those little pieces are what makes the whole what it is. They add up and so would our thanks if we take the time to express them.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 22, 2019:

Kari, you cannot go wrong with that attitude. When we count the little things, we can be thankful all day long.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 22, 2019:

Bill, thanks for the affirmation that a life of gratitude is possible and rewarding. Yes, we have to live it intentionally.

Laynie H from Bend, Oregon on November 22, 2019:

Hi Ms. Dora, I love that you focus on gratitude right before the Thanksgiving holiday. I had a rough month with various life events but kept turning back to gratitude to see how good everything was and the positive through those events. It really helped me through. I agree with the psychological benefits of being grateful. Since being more mindful and intentionally grateful, many good things have happened.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on November 22, 2019:

I just received a phone call from my oldest daughter. A good friend of hers just had an unexpected death in the family. On the same day, she found out a co-worker's child committed suicide. She called me to make sure that I knew that she loved me. She said that we never know what a new day will bring. Gratitude helps us make it through, no matter what comes with the new day!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 22, 2019:

Thank you for such a timely reminder, to have that "attitude of gratitude." All of those little pieces can add up to a beautiful life if you are willing to open your heart to the love that surrounds us.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on November 22, 2019:

I love the first quote, the one in the picture. I am often thankful for the little things. I spend much of my day thanking the Lord.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 22, 2019:

In AA we are told to have an attitude of gratitude. It's a catchy phrase, but it needs to be lived and not repeated in rote. :) Today I live gratitude, and it has made all the difference. Thank you for the wonderful reminder, my friend.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 22, 2019:

Thanks, Pam. We're on the same page. It really takes very little to inspire gratitude in those who know and worship the Giver.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 22, 2019:

I am sure being grateful feels better than feeling sorry for yourself. If you have a roof over your head, enough to eat and some clothes to wear, these are things to be grateful for. You don't have to be rich, have a fancy car or the latest design of clothing to be happy. Those are just things.

Those are the thoughts I had while reading your good article and all of those quotes. This is such a good topic. My whole life changed after I got saved and I have never looked back. This is the perfect topic just before the holidays.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 22, 2019:

Manatita, thank you for your kind commendation and for sharing that beautiful quote which is so worth repeating.

"The most beautiful thing on earth is man's Gratitude to the Supreme, to God, to the divinity in humanity." - Sri Chinmoy

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 22, 2019:

Jodah, happy to hear from you. It's so easy to forget the small stuff, but they contribute to the big blessings!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 22, 2019:

Thanks, Devika. You've got the right attitude to feed your happiness.

manatita44 from london on November 22, 2019:

Extremely important in this month of Harvest and Thanksgiving for so many Americans! Indeed, who does not need Gratitude?

I have been contemplating a Hub on this, but I'm extremely happy that you have taken the mantle and ran so effectively with it, my dear Dee.

Gratitude is the life-breath of God.

Your quotes are illumining and fulfilling, made all the more inspirational by the fact that you are now an accomplished writer. Glory be!

The Christ did the right thing. He recognised the Light within from which all things came, live and have their being. As such he was grateful for the physical embodiment … the Divine choice of Advocate to carry out Love's work.

" The most beautiful thing on earth is man's Gratitude to the Supreme, to God, to the divinity in humanity. This is the beauty unparalleled and it will remain so throughout eternity." - Sri Chinmoy

A small contribution to your impeccable work.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 22, 2019:

Chitrangada, I share your view. We may need to slow down occasionally to count our blessings.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 22, 2019:

Eric, you almost always make me smile. So your son makes up many items on your gratitude list. Now you're wishing for something you can't have? Your solution is to give thanks for both the past and the present.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 22, 2019:

Thanks, Flourish. I appreciate the perspective you shared and especially your conclusion.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on November 22, 2019:

These were all wonderful quotes MsDora, a true inspiration that is always welcome and a reminder that we need to be grateful for all the little things. Thank you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 21, 2019:

I always knew that the little things make me happy and to do with what I have if I couldn't get something more. It is perfect when you do not think of what you can't have instead focus on what you have. An excellent write up here.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 21, 2019:

Beautiful article and relevant for each one of us. Wonderful quotes, full of wisdom.

I completely agree that it’s the little things, which make us happy and content. But, at many times, in our hectic life, we give slightly less important to these very pleasures of life. It’s important to be grateful for them, and acknowledge the simple blessings of life.

Thanks for sharing.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 21, 2019:

Now Miss Dora I will be back but you got me thinking about my little one. Shucks almighty he can do; Laundry, fix up the yard, cook some food, do some dishes and irons his Sunday best. He makes up beds and can vacuum just fine. He does them on his own just to please momma. So I reckon I am grateful but I would rather he was still 4 years old.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 21, 2019:

This was timely and much enjoyed. Being grateful for the bounties in life including good health and loved ones is so important. Others make life worthwhile. One day we’ll look around and some loved ones will be gone. Time is fleeting.

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