O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.  Isaiah 25:1

Praise and thanksgiving are salutary.  They not only lighten the consciousness, lifting it out of sadness and depression; they elevate consciousness to a point of acceptance.  Praise and thanksgiving are really attitudes of recognition.. They are affirmations of the Divine Presence, the Divine abundance and the Divine givingness.  It is only when we live affirmatively that we are happy.  It is only when we recognize that the universe is built on affirmation that we can become happy.

I give thanks for my happiness.  It cannot be taken away from me; rather, it increases daily in my experience.  It is always more and never less.  I experience the joy in which Jesus proclaimed when he said, “I am come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.” I bless everything I contact.  I praise God in all things.

Today, through praise and thanksgiving, I recognize the Divine Presence in everything.  In the midst of darkness I shall sing a song to the dawn, for I know that the eternal Light dissipates all darkness.  Today I shall recognize the beautiful and the perfect in everything.  I shall call it forth with praise and thanksgiving, blessing the Spiritual Reality back of all things.

Taken from “365 Days of Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

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