Throughout November I have been documenting (on Facebook) what I am thankful for each day. I have missed some days because I am just kind of bad at following through on that kind of thing, and 30 days is a lot of days to remember. When I started out, I thought my list was going to be a lot more profound, but what ended up happening was that I began really asking myself, “What am I really truly actually thankful for on this day?” Sweatpants, my family, my parents, my house, warm clothes…not a whole lot of what I said was unique or could even be used to identify me personally. However, I realized, that is okay.
I have been working on cultivating a grateful heart rather than a discontented one. In Crusty Bananas and Burnt Bread, I talked about my struggle with feeling like I do not have enough, when in fact God often gives in abundance. There have been too many times over the last year where I let my focus drift to a feeling of “not enough” or “unsatisfied” or even “I need more…” And not just in one area – relationships, my purpose, finances, and simply in every day moments in which I catch myself striving. I started this grateful thing in November because I wanted to consciously take a break each day and purposefully put my focus on what I do have, what God has done, where I have enough – usually more than enough.
As we go into Thanksgiving this week, this is a Bible verse I am keeping forefront on my mind. I am using it as a prompt to pray and as a reminder to be thankful. It can be made into a prayer by simply adding, “Lord help me to…” at the beginning of the verse. It can be used as a reminder by simply writing it out and putting it in a place where you will see it each day.
16 Rejoice always,17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
I encourage you, even if you are going through a time where you are struggling with gratefulness or thankfulness, to join me in meditating on the above verse this week. What can you give thanks for? What is there to rejoice about? What is God doing in your life?
Here is a list of the top 5 things I am thanking God for this week: