Gratitude Challenge Day 30

Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, there is so much we want to say to You today. Our hearts are overflowing with love for You. You have taught us so much this month. You have shown us how You are always there for us. You have shown us that You are always working behind the scenes in our lives. You have reminded us that You are our fortress, our refuge, our rest, our Shepherd, our provider, our source, and our comforter. We have felt Your unfailing love and meticulous care in our lives every day over the past several weeks. We are so very thankful for You and for the abundance of blessings You shower upon us. But even without the blessings, our cup still overflows because of Your steadfast love. Even if we had nothing else, You are enough. These past thirty days have been such a joy and a treasure to us. We have loved spending more time with You, in prayer, gratitude, and praise. We have felt more peace and love in our lives. We have seen that even when things go wrong in our days, we still have so much to be thankful for. So that is why we are choosing prayer, gratitude, and praise as lifelong practices. We want to continue on this beautiful journey, with You by our sides. Thank You, Lord, for opening our hearts in a new way this month. As we step forward and continue to navigate this journey, help us to remember that we have a choice. Help us to remember that gratitude, optimism, and love are decisions we can make every day from now on. Help us to remember to turn to You in prayer and in praise, even when we don’t feel like it, because there is power in prayer and praise. And help us to remember that every day is a gift from You, Lord. In Jesus’ wonderful name we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: I have so much to be thankful for today as we wrap up this challenge. I am so thankful for the gratitude challenge. I am truly thankful for those of you who walked with me on this journey. I am thankful for the simple fact that we can choose gratitude each day of our lives. I am thankful for all the things that the Lord has taught us this month. I am thankful for our Father’s unfailing love and care. I am thankful to have Jesus in my life, because He is enough. I am thankful for the practices of prayer, gratitude, and praise, which draw our hearts closer to God. I am thankful to know that no matter what, God is always there. What are you thankful for?

Praise: Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Yes I Will by Vertical Worship

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Gratitude Challenge Day 29

Pray: Dear Lord, we are so thankful for another beautiful day, another day to spend with You, another day in our gratitude walk, and another lovely sabbath. We thank You for this day and we hand it over to You. We seek to honor You in all that we do today. We will soak in Your love today, as our hearts overflow with thanksgiving and gratitude. There are so many blessings in our lives. But one in particular for which we want to express our thanks is Jesus. Just the sound of His beautiful name brings us joy. Jesus, who paid all our debts. Jesus, who washed us clean. Jesus, who wiped away our sins. Jesus, who made us righteous in Your eyes. Lord, when we think about what we deserve, and then remember that Jesus redeemed us, we are so overwhelmed. There is no way we could ever repay this gift. But we are so thankful that we don’t have to. This is something You gave us freely, because of Your tremendous love. Lord, we love You so much for the beautiful gift of salvation. We can never say “thank You” enough for this one thing. But, each and every day, we will still express our gratitude. We give thanks in Jesus’ most beautiful name, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you grateful for? I am grateful for a sabbath. I am grateful for a long weekend. I am grateful for the incredible gift of salvation. I am grateful for Jesus. And I am grateful for the power of His beautiful name.

Praise: Here is today’s song! Enjoy! What a Beautiful Name by Hillsong Worship

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Gratitude Challenge Day 28

Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for another beautiful day as we continue on this journey. We have noticed more joy in our lives over the past several weeks. One key is that we have been spending more time with You, in prayer, gratitude, and praise. What a treasure each day has been, as we have drawn closer to You. And this has shown us how much more of You we want in our lives, on a daily basis. Father, we seek You, we want You, and we need You. Every moment of every day, we want to be aware of Your presence at all times. We really want to know You, Lord. You are always fully available to us. But many times we do not give You our all. Our eyes focus on the wrong things at times. So, Lord, we make You our number one priority. Each day we will set time aside for You. We will sit in Your presence. We will treasure the gift of the Bible. And we will make prayer, gratitude, and praise a part of our daily lives. Lord, we need You in our lives. And we know that having more of You means that we have to make the effort to give You more of us. Thank You, God. Help us to always remain vigilant when it comes to spending time with You and drawing closer to You. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for? I am thankful for the time I get to spend with the Lord. I am thankful for the power in His Holy Word, The Bible. I am thankful for the privilege and power of prayer. I am thankful for the beauty found in praise. And I am so thankful to know that God is always there.

Praise: Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Know You by Koryn Hawthorne

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Gratitude Challenge Day 27

Pray: Dear Lord, we each have different concerns weighing on our minds, today and everyday. Life keeps us on our toes, to say the least. But one valuable lesson we have learned over the past few weeks is that we need Your strength in our lives. We need Your help, we need Your guidance, we need Your protection. God, the bottom line is that we need You! We thank You, Lord, for being there for us. You are always, always there. What a comfort that is. We have nothing to worry about because Almighty God is by our side. We just need to call out to You. We thank You for Your steadfast love. And we surrender our lives to You and we give You full control. Too often we allow our worries to take our eyes off of You. So we will make a conscious effort to hand them over to You. We will walk in peace, knowing that our Heavenly Father is on the throne. You go before us, You stand behind us and You are beside us in everything we face. Thank You, Lord, for these comforting truths. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you grateful for today? I am grateful to know that God’s plans cannot be thwarted. I am grateful that God is always before us, behind us, and beside us. And I am grateful that I do not have to face anything in my own strength, but I can rely on the strength of the Lord.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) by Chris Tomlin

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Gratitude Challenge Day 26

Pray: Dear God, today we come to You with peace in our hearts. Today is a beautiful day and a day to cherish. We are so thankful for this day, and we pray that all goes well for each of us and our loved ones. We ask You to help us keep gratitude in mind as we go about our day. Help us to remember that we have so much to be thankful for. Help us to have rich fellowship with our loved ones, as we also keep You in our hearts throughout the day. Help us all to have a safe and memorable day. Thank You, God, for giving us this day. We are so grateful.

Heavenly Father, You are the King of kings and the Lord of lords. You are the Great I Am. You are above everything we know and anything we can fathom. We are miniscule in comparison to this grand universe You created. Yet You still love us, You see us, You hear our prayers, and You want to have a close relationship with us. Lord, this amazes us so much. To think that You, Almighty God, meet us at our level. You spend each and every day with us, right by our sides. You sent Your Son down to the earth in a human body, to die for our sins. And You also gave us each the gift of the Holy Spirit. We each have peaks and valleys to walk through in life. But we are so thankful we can walk through them with peace, because You never leave us nor forsake us. Lord, we are in awe of all the ways You love us. We love You, we worship You, we praise You, and we thank You. We turn to You, Lord. Hear our praises rising. You are worthy of all our praises, Lord. Today we are so thankful for You. It is in Jesus’ most holy name we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for today? I am thankful for this beautiful day. I am thankful for Thanksgiving. I am thankful for my hubby and all my loved ones. I am thankful for each of you. I am thankful for my furbabies. I am thankful for my job. I am thankful for my home. And I am so thankful for the Lord, who deserves all of our praises.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Hosanna (Praise is Rising) by Paul Baloche

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~~ Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Whether you are in the U.S. or not, I wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! I pray you all have a blessed day with your loved ones and with the Lord. And Happy Birthday to my brother-in-law! ~~

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Gratitude Challenge Day 25

Pray: Dear Father, we come to You today, not to ask for anything, but to thank You for all that we have. You bestow so many blessings upon us each and every day. Even during this turbulent year, we have so much to be thankful for. You have been by our sides. You have kept us safe and protected. You have provided for us. You have been our security. We are thankful for the many ways You have loved us. We are thankful for our families and loved ones. We are thankful to have homes to live in and food to eat. There are so many things we want to give thanks for, but we would need an endless amount of time. Oh how we look forward to spending eternity with You, so we can take that endless amount of time to extend our gratitude and praise. But until then, we will spend our days with hearts overflowing in love and thanksgiving for You. There are so many things You do in our lives, every single day, that we don’t even realize. It would astonish us if we could see all the times You worked behind the scenes to care for us. We regret to think about the countless times we have neglected to give You thanks. Yet You keep loving us, looking out for us, and guiding us. You never give up on us, Lord. Today and every day we want to give You a gift by telling You how much we appreciate You and love You. We thank You for who You are. Thank You for all You do for us. Thank You for the blessings in our lives. Thank You for Your constant love. Thank You for Your meticulous care. Thank You for being our refuge. We can never thank You enough, Lord. We rejoice in You. How great You are, God. You are worthy of all praise. We thank You and praise You in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for? I am so thankful for all the blessings the Lord sends our way, every single day. I am thankful to know that God is always looking out for us and protecting us, even when we don’t realize it. And I am thankful to praise our great God.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! How Great is Our God by Chris Tomlin

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Gratitude Challenge Day 24

Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, today we are overflowing with gratitude. You are always so good to us, even when we least deserve it. Looking back we can see where we have each taken a number of wrong turns in our lives. Some were intentional out of our own stubbornness. Other wrong turns were accidentally taken out of ignorance. But when we turn around and examine our past mistakes, we are in awe. We can see so clearly now that You were always there, ready to guide us back to the right road. Lord, when we look back on our lives, we can see countess times when You have been there, carrying us and helping us. You are a loving Shepherd who always brings His sheep back home. Just like in the story of the prodigal son, You run towards us with Your arms wide open. It brings tears to our eyes to imagine this scene, to imagine how overjoyed You are to accept each of us into Your family. Father, we are overwhelmed by Your love and Your faithfulness and Your goodness. We can never thank You enough, for Your unfailing love. We can never thank You enough for our Redeemer, and for the fact that our Redeemer lives. Even when we get lost in this journey of life, our Redeemer is guiding us back to where we belong. Our Redeemer speaks to us and loves us. What a beautiful feeling that is, Lord. We are so thankful. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: Write down at least three things you are thankful for. I am thankful that God always guides us back to the right path, if we allow Him to. I am thankful for our loving Shepherd. I am overwhelmed with gratitude when I picture our Heavenly Father running towards us with His arms wide open. And I am thankful that our Redeemer lives!

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Redeemer by Nicole C. Mullen

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Gratitude Challenge Day 23

Pray: Dear Lord, today we are thankful for the beauty of nature. You gave us such a beautiful earth, a majestic universe, amazing sunrises and sunsets, lovely rainbows, vast oceans, breathtaking mountains, and so much more. What a precious gift You gave us to enjoy. Every single day we see Your artwork. And every day the beauty around us looks a little different than the day before. Being outdoors and taking in all that You created helps us to feel closer to You and it makes us want to praise You. We are so thankful for this treasure You gave us. But it still does not compare to the beauty we will see in heaven one day. It takes our breath away to imagine how astonishing that will be. But for now, we give thanks for what we have here and now.

We also give thanks for Your Holy Word, the Bible. We are so very thankful that You have given us this book to show us who You are, and who we are through You. What an honor and a privilege it is to have this Holy Book at our fingertips. And one thing that we especially love about the Bible is that we can read about Jesus, His life, His death, and all that He did for us. Reading about Jesus shows us how we ought to live our lives. Jesus lived a life of love, light, and gratitude. Jesus always clung to You and spent time with You. Jesus always obeyed Your will. And we can do the same since we have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us. Thank you, Lord, for these precious gifts You have given us. We do not want to take them for granted. We want to remember all the miraculous things You have done for us. When we spend time with You, we see that Your love never fails. We see that You work all things together for our good. And we see that nothing can separate us from Your love. We give thanks for all these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you grateful for today? I am grateful for God’s artwork. I am grateful for the Bible, so we can read of God’s great love. I am grateful that we can read about Jesus and learn to live as He did. And I am grateful that God’s love never fails.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Your Love Never Fails by Jesus Culture

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Gratitude Challenge Day 22

Pray: Dear Lord, today our hearts are overflowing with thanksgiving. Instead of dwelling on our mistakes and regrets, we are just so very thankful for all the second chances You give us. Sometimes we say things that we later regret. Or we might do something we wish we could take back. Other times we are hesitant to speak up. And then there are times when we just don’t know what we should do. But You have give us new days and new opportunities to rectify situations like these. Too often we focus on our faults, instead of focusing on Your grace. God, we are so very thankful that Your mercies are new every morning. Help us to never forget this miraculous truth. Each new day, You give us new opportunities to draw closer to You. Each new day, You give us new opportunities to spread love in our lives. Each new day, You give us a chance to embrace joy and peace. And You never stop loving us, Lord. You never give up on us. For that we are so very thankful.

God, as we embrace this day of rest, we ask for You to help us feel refreshed. The circumstances of life leave us feeling exhausted. But it says in Psalm 23:3 that You restore our souls. What a comforting promise that is, Lord. Today we claim that promise as we turn our eyes to You and rest in Your healing presence. We are so thankful to know that when we spend time with You, You strengthen us and rejuvenate us. We give thanks for this powerful truth. And we give our thanks In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for? I am thankful for second chances. I am thankful for a new day to live with love, joy, and peace. I am thankful that God never gives up on us and never stops loving us. I am thankful for the promise in Psalm 23:3 that God restores our souls.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! God’s Great Dance Floor by Chris Tomlin

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Gratitude Challenge Day 21

Pray: Dear God, we come to You with thanks in our hearts today. This gratitude challenge is opening our eyes to the goodness in our lives. In the past we might have grumbled about things not going the way we wanted. But practicing gratitude has shown us that times when we did not get what we hoped for, it was really You working behind the scenes to bring something better into our lives. We thank You for showing us this truth, Father. You always have our best interest in mind. Help us to never forget that. Too often in the past we have turned to different things that we thought would satisfy us. We tried to quench our thirst with worldly things. But we are learning that Jesus is the living water and truly the only thing that can ever fill us. God, we hand our lives over to You, in full surrender. We know that the world cannot meet our needs, but You can. We trust You, God. When we question the circumstances of our lives, we will remember that Your ways are better than our ways. We know Your greatness, God. Your power is endless and we are in awe of You. Thank You, Lord, for Your unfailing love. You are always looking out for us and helping us. You are there, even when we don’t feel it. And You are constantly working in our lives. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you grateful for? I am grateful to know that God is always working in our lives, even when we don’t realize it. I am grateful to know that God has our best interest in mind. And I am grateful for the greatness of our God.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Greatness of Our God by Newsboys

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