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    Thankfulness=Transformed Lives

    November 22, 2019 By the TWR Women of Hope Ministry Team
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    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

    What does it mean to be thankful? Some definitions include the idea of feeling or expressing gratitude that stems from being conscious of gifts. What hinders us from being thankful? Sometimes simply not being conscious of God’s blessings and instead having our focus on something else. Among the most common distractions? Selfishness, doubts and fear can get in the way of gratefulness. Read Philippians 4:6-7 above. Fear and gratitude can’t occupy the same space for long. Being grateful can change your perspective, focus your attention on hope and bring you back to the foundation of God’s truth. Sara’s experience is a testimony to the impact of gratitude. She’s been ill for most of her life, and her husband sought treatment for her.
     
    He spent a vast portion of his lifetime earnings seeking a cure for her by way of traditional medicine and the spirit world. None of these things worked. Her husband passed away, leaving her depressed, frustrated, isolated, lonely and unable to care for her self financially or physically.
     
    One day she was listening to the radio when she heard a song on the Women of Hope program. It caught her attention. She began to listen to the music and later the program. It became her frequent companion during lonely days.
     
    She met some of the TWR staff in her area and was invited to church. She started attending church meetings and events with her new friends. As they started praying for her, she began to have peace in her heart.
     
    Sara’s gratefulness for her relationship with God and with her new "family" began to overcome the loneliness, frustration and hopelessness she felt. She wrote to Women of Hope: “I have been cured from my illness because of your prayers, and after listening to the programs, I have full peace in my heart. I am very grateful to God and to TWR for restoring my life through the Women of Hope program.
     
    God changed Sara’s life from an existence marked by illness, fear and loneliness to one filled with healing, peace and gratitude! And we’re thankful that he allowed TWR Women of Hope to play a part in that transformation.

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