There’s no denying that money is important, but too much focus on it creates stress and anxiety as well as marital and family conflict. Measuring success in terms of material wealth puts the focus on what we lack rather than on what we already have. Fortunately, gratitude prayers are one of the most effective ways to combat this when we could use a reminder that our needs are often already met.

The writers of scripture knew this: gratitude Bible verses tell us again and again to give thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:18, for example, commands us to give thanks in all circumstances. It may seem like a strange command to give thanks when times are hard, but those are precisely the times we need to exercise gratitude the most. And it’s not just the Bible that tells us this. As it turns out, science agrees.

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Missional Women’s Faith Filled Fridays

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JeanA Jesus girl through and through, Jean Marie Bauhaus is on a journey of healing and rediscovering who God purposefully created her to be and figuring out how to do life within that context. She’s the wife of Matt and mom to a crew of four-legged dependents, all of whom make their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jean counts coffee, dark chocolate and a yarn addiction among her vices. She’s the author of Restless Spirits, a family-friendly paranormal romance/mystery now available from Vinspire Publishing. You can learn more about her novels and short fiction at