287 - Cultivating Gratitude

The PowerBreak Podcast

Program 287 – SHOW NOTES (2024 – 07)

Show date – February 20, 2024


  1. OPEN with Tease

(Bob) “This is the PowerBreak Podcast, number 287 titled:

Cultivating Gratitude

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– I’m Bob Brubaker along with JT, as we hope you will stay tuned as we seek to give you a little power in this break to help you succeed in the race of life.”

  1. (JT) This is the – PowerBreak Podcast – with a focus on the spiritual, the mental, and the physical aspects – all to help you succeed in the race of life. For show notes from today’s podcast go to bobbrubaker.com and follow the link for the PowerBreak podcast.


  1. Welcome – Bob and JT – chit chat about life, walk with God, training, etc.


BB&JT: Plea and thank you for ratings and review & for spreading the word via social media and word of mouth…






BB –  We are talking today about  “Cultivating Gratitude”


So JT What does that title bring up to your mind? ((JT ANSWERS))

  1. Bob – POINT: We all need to be more grateful but how can we? That is the question.


Galatians 6:7–9 (ESV) — 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

  1. JT ------ OK THEN LET’S TALK SOME MORE ABOUT THAT as we bring up… WHAT’S NEW –  as we open Bob’s recent blog from bobbrubaker.com …

“Cultivating Gratitude ”


  1. Presentation and discussion of Bob’s published article,
  • Bob and JT discuss highlights of the PowerBreak blog

“Cultivating Gratitude”


Bob concludes with “The PowerBreak blog is found at bobbrubaker.com”             ((((:03 PAUSE))))


  1. JT – What’s happening Bob? What would you like our listeners to know about this week?


  1. Bob – The Battle For The Mind–… & Sermon link on the website.

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  1. JT This is the PowerBreak Podcast, I’m JT along with Bob Brubaker and this is the –– time for some questions and answers. Feel free to submit your questions by EMAIL TO JT@bobbrubaker.com and we’ll get to the answer on an upcoming PowerBreak. Podcast…




How did you come up with the concept that gratitude is fruit that has to develop? It makes sense in the approach like any other spiritual concept but I just hadn’t thought of gratitude like that.

  1. Bob & JT discuss

It was just one of those things which I heard or read or came to me while riding or working out… that I jot into my notes. Evidently the words cultivating gratitude were in my notes and as I thought on it, I thought it would be a freeing concept to consider. Freeing as we often just quote 1Thes 5:18

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV) — 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

and other passages and tell ourselves and others to get with the program and be grateful. But we know it may not be that simple as we know some are caught up in all that is wrong we know of many who are far from there because of bitterness or anger so as I thought about it and that passage from Jeremiah to “break up the fallow ground,” it seemed that is where we need to begin… because if you just throw the seed of gratitude on hard ground it will not grow and only become as chaff in the wind.

Likewise in order to bring forth the fruit of gratitude there needs to be some preparation of the ground with proper nutrients. As the farmer prepares the ground and mixes nutrients in the ground to prepare for the crop, so we need the nutrients of the word and in particular the power of the Gospel to prepare us for a spirit of gratitude flowing in our, particularly from the peace of God and peace with others… then of course the importance of weeding as the crop of gratitude begins to take hold in our lives… otherwise the weeds of bitterness, and anxiety will choke out the gratitude that is developing.

Gratitude should flow and it will if we cultivate our lives to produce gratitude and once it is flowing, the more we practice gratitude toward God and others, the more it will flow.


  1. JT – Question Two… “FROM THE MENTAL ASPECT”


Let’s talk about practical ways to live with gratitude – HOW do we apply ourselves  mentally.

  1. Bob & JT discuss


A popular practice is the gratitude list in which you make a list of things for which you are grateful when you first get up and before you go to bed. It will indeed set your mind on the right course. It’s a good practice because too many times we get lock in on what is wrong so the list is like a plow to break up the fallow ground of our mind. The list also aids in the applying nutrients to the ground as expressing gratitude leads to more gratitude and the desire to be grateful as you begin to see some benefit to it. Finally the list is good because It keeps the weeds from growing and choking out the gratitude. So it's a good practice to make a list and review it often through the day.

Another good practice is to make a list of the people in your life for whom you are grateful or who have done something for you for which you are grateful. In making the list you can begin to practice gratitude by contacting that person and letting them know how much you appreciate them. If you just told one person a day, you’d be taking a giant step to being a grateful person.

  1. Third question … Turning to the Physical


Let’s talk vitamins. What’s up with the study that showed people who take vitamins have better cognitive function?


  1. Bob & JT discuss

BY STEVE BORN. From Hammer Nutrition

As most everyone knows, the brain is responsible for many functions that fall under the term “cognition”—thinking, learning, memory, attention, perception, processing information, and much more.

A little over two years ago, we wrote about research whose results showed that participants who took a multivitamin/mineral supplement daily for three years were associated with a 60% slowing of cognitive aging.

Summarizing the results, said, "Daily multivitamin-mineral supplementation appears to slow cognitive aging by 60% or by 1.8 years,” and that the results “may have important public health implications, particularly for brain health, given the accessibility of multivitamins and minerals, and their low cost and safety.”

A second, more recent study using data from that same original study-- linked the intake of a daily multivitamin supplement to better brain function, particularly improved memory. [2]

Compared to those taking a placebo, the researchers estimate that participants who took a multivitamin supplement enjoyed improved performance by "the equivalent of 3.1 years of age-related memory change.” Additionally, the researchers believe that taking a multivitamin supplement daily may not only assist in maintaining cognitive function but possibly even enhance it later in life.

The researchers summarize: "Vitamin supplementation is relatively inexpensive, accessible, and has a few adverse effects, and thus might be a potentially useful population health intervention. Daily multivitamin supplementation, compared with placebo, improves memory in older adults. Multivitamin supplementation holds promise as a safe and accessible approach to maintaining cognitive health in older age."

Any other thoughts JT?

Bob’s final comment – It seems like such a little thing but the discipline of taking a multivitamin can actually improve your memory and improve cognitive function and slow the aging process…. Sound like dividends for discipline.


Point: DISCIPLINE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE --- in all aspects of life

Closing statement Bob…. “check out today’s show notes at bobbrubaker.com and click on the PowerBreak podcast – today’s show is 287.


  1. JT – Submit your questions by EMAIL to JT@bobbrubaker.com and listen for OUR answer on an upcoming PowerBreak Podcast (((:03 pause)))


  1. (((commercial by Bob))) --- The Battle For The Mind

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