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Gracious Receiving
by Sherri Carter, MS, Co-Editor for Family & Parenting



A Note from Editor, Sherri Carter: How comfortable are you at saying thank you? What about when someone offers you a compliment? Being able to say thank you is powerful! Remember, if the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is ‘thank you’, it will be enough.

We have been told time and time again that it is better to give than to receive, but at the same time we are to be in a state of gratitude.  So does that mean we are to be grateful only for giving? This is very confusing and usually makes many of us great givers, lousy at receiving, but yet we try to be in a state of gratitude, all at the same time!

We can say thank you for a beautiful day, but can we say thank you to a beautiful compliment? We easily say thank you for getting all of the green lights, but do we accept help from another to make a task easier, even if it’s someone wanting to hold the door open for us?  How gracious are we in giving of thanks?

One evening, I was at dinner with a friend who offered to pay. I said no, I could pay for my own dinner. She then said “don’t get in the way of my prosperity or your own. Allow me to give and for you to receive.” I have pondered this experience time and time again. In one of my pondering moments, I had an epiphany, which was “if I can’t say thank you to the little things, how is the Universe supposed to send me the big things?” If I’m saying no thank you and am not graciously receiving, then I am blocking the flow of my own prosperity! YIKES!

I decided right then and there to clean up my error thinking and to get in the flow of prosperity. I began to say thank you. Nothing more, nothing less. When someone complimented me, I said thank you. When someone offered assistance, I said thank you. It was very uncomfortable at first. I was so used to making excuses. When someone would compliment my hair, I would joke about how it just happened to be a good hair day. When I would play special music at church, I would go into detail why I wasn’t deserving of a compliment, pointing out the many mistakes I had made (which were never noticeable to the audience). The list can go on and on.

The Universal Law of Giving and Receiving states that giving and receiving are one and the same. To give is to receive. To receive is to give.' To having giving, we must also have receiving. Giving and receiving graciously is the complete attitude of gratitude we need to embrace. Being able to say thank you is in and of itself a form of giving. Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return, Luke 6:38. The measure by which you can say thank you, to give thanks, is the measure by which you will receive.

During this season of Thanksgiving and moving into Christmas, holidays of thankfulness and giving/receiving, practice saying thank you, for all things. And remember if the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is ‘thank you’, it will be enough. Meister Eckhart. 



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About the Author


Sherri Carter, MS, best selling author of Live Your Intentions, The Power of Action, is the first to write exclusively about the Universal Law of Action. Sherri is the Psychospiritual Co-Editor for AllThingsHealing.com. She has also been published and interview for several national platforms. Sherri is available for individual sessions,  speaking engagements, workshops and interviews.


To schedule your individual sessions, or to arrange a speaking engagement, workshop, book signing or interview, please contact Sherri at sherri@liveyourintentions.net. To learn more about Sherri, please visit www.liveyourintentions.net.

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