So far this Thanksgiving month, we've talked about why it's often difficult to Praise God in the Storm, what God Says about Being Thankful, What Being Thankful Doesn’t Mean, some things that will help us to remember in trying to be thankful. I've given you some practical advice with tips on exactly HOW to praise God in the storm. On Monday, I shared what happens to our communication when we are thankful and today I have a few more consequences of being thankful. 1. Others find us more approachable The old saying, "laugh and the world laughs with you; cry and you cry alone" is quite true. Unless you're so delirious with joy that you seem a Stepford Wife, the more joyous and thankful you are, the more approachable you seem to others. Nobody wants to approach a Gloomy Gus and ask him for directions. If you are filled with the joy of the Lord, you are apt to radiate that to others who will find you a blessing in their lives because they feel they can ask you for help. 2. Others aren't intimidated by us or afraid of us or uncomfortable with us When we aren't grumpy or frustrated, we open ourselves not only for others to ask us for help so that we may be a blessing to them, but we allow others to feel comfortable enough with us to spend time talking to us. How can we hope to share the Gospel or our ideas if we make others so uncomfortable that they don't want to be around us? 3. We show and communicate God's love Another advantage of being joyous is that we have an opportunity to share and demonstrate God's love. It's difficult to communicate God's love for His children if we are grumpy, frustrated and angry. Being filled with joy and thankfulness allows us to share that joy and thankfulness with others, even if we don't utter a word. Well, that concludes this month's series of articles on being thankful and praising God in the storm although I will be back on Friday with some reflections on thankfulness. I pray this series was a blessing to you especially if you are experiencing struggles in your life at present. Please leave a comment with your thoughts on this topic, especially if this series of articles has helped you or someone you know to be able to cope better during a struggle. I'd love to hear what made a difference for you. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ If you liked this post, read…Seven Reasons Why YOU Should Sign Up for the Art of Eloquence Newsletter!