My first thoughts run to the heavy, dark blanket of negativity, if I am not careful. It squeezes the air out of my lungs and threatens to suffocate me.
I often cry out, "Lord Jesus, please help me. Protect me from myself!" I continue to work on self discipline to not let my thoughts get tossed to and fro like a violent storm playing with a ship at sea.
I have to recall Philippians 4:8; as it reminds me what I should and should not be thinking of. I have this scripture memorized. You'd think by now I would have overcome this problem - this battlefield of my mind.
Why do we need a Gratitude and Prayer Challenge?Surely, I am not the only person here who needs to keep it real with the negative thought process that bombards my mind and heart.
See, as we complain about traffic, we could be grateful we do not have to walk miles to get to work.
Let's remember some have to ride a bus or train that is so jammed packed it is more like herding cattle instead of transporting people.
As we complain about our homes not being our dream homes, we should be grateful we have a roof over our heads and shelter from the storms.
Let's remember that others - our sisters in Christ - are living in small dirt shacks with no running water.
As we complain about our boss at work, we should be thankful we have a job that brings an income to provide for our families. As some families go without heat, new clothes and fresh food.
The list could go on....
Having a heart and perspective of gratitude in every situation is definitely a challenge at times, however it can bring a peace to our lives. I think God knew this from the very start and that is why He calls us to be thankful in all things. He wants us to have a peace that passes all understanding.
I want a peace that passes all understanding!
Gratitude means being thankful, having and showing appreciation, and counting your blessings in the big things, small things, bad times and good times.
There are many Bible verses that call us to be thankful, but let's focus on just a couple of them for this challenge.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
"give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you"
"and let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful."
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Please share this challenge with your friends. Having your friends and family join you will help you create an accountability and encouragement group.
Let's spend time acknowledging the little things we should be grateful for and seeking after God to change our hearts for Him.