The Healing Power of Gratitude

Updated: Dec 8, 2018


Proverbs 17.22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.

1 Thessalonians 5.16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you

Gratitude is a powerful source that causes healing to take place. On November of 2014, it was a bright Sunday afternoon, I met with a friend to eat at a certain restaurant. That evening I was not feeling very well. By Monday evening, I was in the hospital suffering from food poisoning. My husband drove me to the emergency room. The doctors mentioned that e coli bacteria had entered my system. My body trembled from a high fever and vomiting. I felt horrible. They took me in right away. No one was in the waiting area. As I entered the examining room I maintained a high fever and nausea. They set me up in one of the rooms in ER while they look for a room to admit me. They said it may be a while because of the many people that were being served. As I lay in the hospital room, shivering and nauseous, I pondered about the Ladies Fellowship I will have to cancel at my home. The message was about how I was speedily healed emotionally from my dad’s transition. Then the Lord spoke to me and said, “Well, you are speaking on gratitude”. This somber feeling came over me as I realized what he was saying. He wasn’t implying that I be grateful for the illness, but to search for opportunities to be grateful in the midst of this storm. I looked around the room and to my surprise I discovered many opportunities to be grateful. So, I began, “Lord, I thank you for this warm blanket for my cold body, I thank you that I did not have to wait to be seen. I thank you that the emergency room was not crowded. I am grateful that my husband was near and able to take to the hospital. I am grateful for the room they will find for me, to admit and provide treatment. I am grateful that the nurse was very pleasant”. I continued this gratitude dialogue. Shortly after, the nurse came in and mentioned they found a room ready for me. They said earlier that it will be a long time before they could admit me, but look what gratitude did. Gratitude clears the flow for God’s blessings and favor. They admitted me in less than 2 hours.

The next day my condition was the same, but I continued to thank God for my healing and all the good things I discovered. During my stay, I had ups and downs, but I continued to hear God’s voice and fill my mind and heart with God’s word. One morning the doctor saw me and gave me horrible news. It was my kidney. The doctor said the condition is worse and was not getting better. When the doctor left the room, I called a friend immediately and said, “Tell me a testimony. Tell me what God has done in your life.” I was determined not to allow the seed of grave news be implanted in my heart. I knew that giving room to any negativity in my soul and spirit would hinder the healing process. Proverbs 17.22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. I forgave friends and loved ones quickly. I had no time for drama. I gave specific instructions of who could see me. I had no room for anyone who had pity, worry or fear. Those who came were armed with the word of God and a testimony. Bring me good news. How has God blessed you this week? Make me laugh. Tell me funny jokes. My preservation was important.

My health was improving and as I began to feel much better, God led me to visit patients on my floor. I shared God’s love, the gospel and prayed with them. The patients were surprised and received me well. God wanted them to know, he is there with them. He is a healer. I was determined to be healed and delivered. Gratitude clears your head and heart for you to receive with clarity from the Lord. That

clarity created vision for my healing. Checkout my blog, “Vision Causes Speedy Recovery”. I was out of the hospital after 4 days, when the doctors expected me to be there over a week. I was so relieved. Gratitude created more opportunities to be grateful. What a great habit to have. What about you? Will you choose today to be grateful no matter what state you are in? Gratitude will elevate you from the toxic circumstances into a realm of joy, peace and resolution. Be grateful today and allow God to use you as He sees fit. Begin a gratitude journal. Write down five things you are grateful. Write in the morning at the start of your day. End your day with 5 things you are grateful for. Do this daily. I promise, it will truly bless your life. Leave a comment below of one thing you are grateful for.





Lydia Rugh

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