In this busy day-in-age sometimes we forget to stop for a few moments and just be thankful. It’s so easy to be swept up into our schedules that we even forget to say a simple thank you to the clerk at the grocery store. Just yesterday, I popped into the grocery for one of those rotisserie chickens for a quick and easy dinner. As I was checking out, the clerk seemed quite curt. When I made a point to look her in the eye and say, “thank you,” there was a change in the tone of her voice as she replied, “thank you,” as well. Now it probably wasn’t life changing at all, but that ever-so-slight change in her tone told me that my actions had made some sort of difference for her. It also made a big difference for me. Just by that small act of gratitude, I felt better!
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I feel this way after praising the Lord and giving thanks for the things he has done in my life as well. Many times when I am struggling with something or I’m just having a bad day, a worship song will pop into my head. Just by singing the lyrics to myself (to my God) lifts my spirits.
I know how difficult this can be in the midst of this world, not just because we are busy, but because of the struggles we are all facing. Many times we can’t even see God through the haze, clouded by our struggles, but we know He is there. When we can find it within ourselves to praise God and be thankful in every circumstance, He will fortify us and prepare our hearts for future struggles.
When David was in the Judean desert, fleeing for his life, he found refuge in the Lord and he sang praises and thanksgiving to God.
Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
Could you imagine? If only our faith was as resilient as David’s. So often our 1st world problems seems so big that we can’t overcome them. But David needed water! He needed food! And yet he still gave thanks to the Lord!
31 Day Gratitude Challenge
As we come into this season of Thanksgiving, I want to challenge you. The challenge is simple, starting on October 23rd, leading up to Thanksgiving (31 days) you will journal about the things you are thankful for. That’s it! I’ll be sharing some of my entries here, at prosperinfaith.com.
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