Gratitude Challenge Day 16

Pray: Dear God, we thank You not only for a new day, but for a new week as well. Whatever this Monday brings, whether we are heading to work, school, staying home, or going somewhere else, we see it as a fresh start. There is much potential before us. We have a clean slate to work towards our goals and to draw closer to You. Help us to keep this in mind throughout the week. And today we humbly ask for Your strength and Your guidance on this journey. We want to make a habit of living with our arms wide open, so that You can orchestrate our days. There are so many opportunities in our lives to bless others and reach out to those around us. But we fear that we often miss our chances, because we are set in our ways and want things to go according to plan. Or perhaps we let fear stop us at times. Lord, help us to be understanding when things don’t go the way we expect them to. Help us to realize that often life’s interruptions are truly divine plans coming from You. Thank you, God. It is amazing to know how You are working in our lives each and every day. Today, we will keep our arms wide open for Your grace. We are Yours, Lord. We lift our hands in praise. You have set us free, God, and we are so thankful. All that we are, we place into Your loving hands. It is in Jesus’ holy name that we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you grateful for? I am grateful to live with my arms wide open, knowing that God will orchestrate my steps. I am grateful to know that Jesus is the Good Shepherd who will lead us down the right path. I grateful to belong to the King of kings and the Lord of lords. And I am grateful for a new week.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Rooftops by Jesus Culture

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Gratitude Challenge Day 15

Pray: Dear Lord, today we ask You to help us as we plant seeds in our own lives and in the lives of those around us. Today we will choose to live with gratitude, optimism, love, and light. Today we will be diligent and consistent, watching our thoughts, words, and actions. Father, we pray that for today we can be different. For today, we want to let go of negativity and discouragement. We can do this with the strength of the Holy Spirit living inside of us. And we believe that each time we make a choice to live this way, we are planting seeds of hope, joy, faith, and love. Each day we can make a choice to live in gratitude and joy. Each day we have Your amazing grace to keep us going. Each day we turn to You and soak in Your love. This in turn, helps us to spread Your love in our lives. Lord, we also pray that You help us to savor this Sabbath day. Help us to focus on worship and on rest. Help us to make this a lasting habit in our lives, every Sabbath. We know You gave us the Sabbath as a gift and we long to treasure it as You intended. Our main goal today and every day is to draw closer to You. And by honoring the Sabbath and focusing on You, we will be planting seeds in our relationship with You. Soon we will have a rich crop overflowing with peace and joy, because of the time we committed to You. Thank You, Lord, for Your help as we continue on this journey. In Jesus’ precious name we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for today? I am thankful for the opportunity to plant seeds of hope, joy, faith, and love. I am thankful for Amazing Grace. I am thankful for the power of the Holy Spirit living inside each of us. And I am thankful for the Sabbath, a day of rest and of worship.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Amazing Grace performed by Nicole C. Mullen

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Gratitude Challenge Day 14

Pray: Dear God, we confess that even though we have many blessings in front of us, there are still times when we worry about the future or fret about the past. This year has brought us a lot of uncertainty, which has increased our anxiety. But Father, we would like to start living in the present and enjoying the moment that we are living in, right here and right now. You always provide for us, guide us, and protect us. Knowing this should bring us contentment, if only we take the time to remember how You are always there for us. You lovingly extend Your hand, waiting for us to hand our troubles over to You. So today we remember the words that Jesus spoke which are recorded in Matthew 6:33-34: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” What a beautiful reminder that we should live one day at a time, in Your grace, love, mercy, and peace. We need not worry. We just need to seek You. So, Lord, today we make a conscious effort to hand all our worries over to You. We have peace knowing that You can handle everything, big or small. We look to You, Lord. And we thank You, Lord, for all that You are and all that You do. It is in Jesus’ name that we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for? I am so very thankful to know that I can put my future in the Lord’s hands, and I don’t have to worry about what may come. I am so thankful that I can put my past in God’s hands, because He has redeemed me. And I am thankful that I can live in this moment with God’s grace, mercy, love, and peace.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! God I Look To You by Jenn Johnson

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Gratitude Challenge Day 13

Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, what a precious gift we are given in each day. Yet most days seem to slip by, without much notice. We tend to get wrapped up in our schedules and our disappointments. We forget the gift we have been given with each new day. Lord, today we ask You to help us live this day out with the love of Jesus. Help us to give You the time that You deserve, help us to give our families the attention they deserve, and help us to be a light in the world around us. God, today and every day, we want to make the most of the 86,400 seconds we were given. Each moment is a gift. Each moment is time we can’t get back. Help us to live in the present moment, enjoying the gifts You have placed before us. We aim to make the most of our time. Living life with joy, love, and peace. All thanks to You, because You are our precious Father, who gave us this gift. You are amazing, Lord. Our souls sing, “How great Thou art!” It is in Jesus’ most precious name that we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for? I am thankful for the 86,400 seconds we received today. I am thankful for a new opportunity to live life with joy, love, and peace. And I am thankful for my family and friends.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! How Great Thou Art performed by Hillsong United and Lauren Daigle

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Gratitude Challenge Day 12

Pray: Dear God, there are various things weighing on our minds, today and every day. But instead of worrying, feeling fearful, and complaining, we are choosing to hand our concerns over to You. 1 Peter 5:7 is such a comforting verse, Lord. It reminds us to cast all our anxiety on You because You care for us. Thank You, Father, for this reminder. We cling to this today. And we thank You for caring for us. That statement alone brings us immeasurable peace, to know that the Creator of the universe cares for us. We are so thankful to know that You are there and that You are taking the weight of our anxieties. Reading stories in the Bible, such as the one with Daniel in the lions’ den, brings us comfort. We see that You will work miracles to protect us and rescue us. When we remember this story, it reminds us that we have nothing to worry about. Our amazing Father has our backs, no matter what we are facing. Our awesome God shuts the mouths of lions, parts the water, and protects us in the fires of life. Thank You, God, for Your amazing power and strength! We have nothing to worry about and nothing to fear! Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you grateful for today? I am grateful to know that the Lord cares for us. I am grateful to know that God will protect us and rescue us, even by shutting the mouths of lions. And I am grateful to know that our heavenly Father always has our backs.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Famous For by Tauren Wells and Jenn Johnson

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Gratitude Challenge Day 11

Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, today we thank You for the gift of life. We thank You that we each woke up this morning. And we each woke up in comfortable beds, with a roof over our heads. There are so many people who might not wake up this morning. And there are countless others who woke up on a city street or in a hospital bed. We also have many Christian siblings waking up in fear because of the circumstances they are living in. Lord, we pray for the families of those who did not wake today. And we pray for all those people who woke up in difficult situations this morning. And we thank You, Lord, for the favor that we woke with today. And for those of us living in free countries, we are grateful for that as well. We are thankful for our freedom. And we are thankful for those who made our freedom possible. We pray for all the troops, polices officers, firefighters, and first responders in each our countries and communities. They have tough jobs every day, protecting others. We are so thankful for these people who give selflessly to ensure our freedom and protection. Help us to not take this for granted. Help us to remember that every day truly is a gift from You. God, we have so much to be thankful for, including the fact that we have a new day on this earth. We remember that we have Your joy in our hearts this morning. We remember that You walk beside us every day, giving us hope. And we remember that there is always good news with Jesus by our sides. We are still alive and still breathing, so we praise You, Lord! In Jesus’ beautiful name we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for? I am thankful that I woke up, that I have my health, and that I am alive and breathing.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Alive & Breathing by Matt Maher, featuring Elle Limebear

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~~ Today is Veteran’s Day in the United States. So I wanted to say thank you to our veterans, including my father who served in the United States Army. Those of us who live in freedom do so because of others who made our freedom possible. ~~

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Gratitude Challenge Day 10

Pray: Dear God, today we ask for Your strength in our gratitude walk. In 2 Corinthians 5:20, it says that we are Christ’s ambassadors. Wow! What an honor it is to be in this position. But this also means we have a big responsibility to spread the love of Jesus. Help us to remember that today in all of our interactions. Help us to be a positive influence on those around us, instead of allowing other people’s sour moods to bring us down. We have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. And through the power of the Holy Spirit we can be a shining light in a dark world. We can spread hope in our world and help other people to have hope as well. Lord, as Christians we know that there is always hope because You keep hope alive. Thank you, Lord. It is in Jesus’ name that we pray. Amen.

Practice Gratitude: Write down at least three things you are thankful for. I am thankful and honored that we are Christ’s ambassadors. I am thankful to know that we can change our own attitudes, and hopefully help others change theirs as well. And I am thankful that God keeps hope alive.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! You Keep Hope Alive by Mandisa and Jon Reddick

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Gratitude Challenge Day 9

Pray: Dear Lord, we are so very thankful today that we have been made perfect and whole in Jesus. We are thankful that You have changed our identity. You have redeemed us and set us free. You adopted us into Your family, and You embrace us as Your children. What a beautiful and precious gift. Too often, we focus on our flaws. But thanks to Jesus we have been made new. Each and every day You are changing us to be more like Your Son. And while we might not be perfect, we are being perfected through Your loving hands. Like a potter who molds the clay, You lovingly mold us into something beautiful. What a incredible masterpiece we are becoming in Your capable hands. Heavenly Father, we give thanks to You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you grateful for today? I am so grateful that God is changing me. I am grateful that I don’t have to focus on my faults because I am perfect and whole in Jesus. And I am grateful to be part of God’s family.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! The Change in Me by Casting Crowns

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Gratitude Challenge Day 8

Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You today for providing for us and caring for us. We are so thankful to know that we can cling to You every single day. We are thankful for the jobs, homes, family members, and friends you have blessed us with. They are truly precious gifts from above. But ultimately we are thankful to have You, because You are enough. It is amazing to know that You want our days to be filled with joy. Keeping this in mind helps us to begin our days with a song in our hearts. We remember the words in Psalm 69:30 which says, “Then I will praise God’s name with singing, and I will honor Him with thanksgiving.” God, we know that the enemy will put things in our paths to bring us down. But we won’t fall for it. We will start by working on gratitude in our hearts, and this will be a powerful tool as we face our days. Lord, when we are tempted to feel down, we are going to turn our thoughts in a positive direction. We are going to remember what it says in Philippians 4:8: “… whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Thank you, Lord, for the gift of your Word which gently guides us in the right direction and gives us powerful truths to hold onto. And thank you for our strong minds, which don’t have to succumb to our negativity, but instead we can choose to think optimistic and grateful thoughts. We can choose to sing Your praises. We can choose to lift You up, which in turn lifts our hearts up as well. And we lift our hands in praise. Thank You, God. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for. I am thankful to know that we can choose to think positive thoughts instead of negative ones. I am thankful for the Psalms because they are truly a treasure and they are uplifting. And I am thankful that we can lift our hands in praise because glorifying God is pleasing to Him and it makes our hearts feel good too.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! I Lift My Hands by Chris Tomlin

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Gratitude Challenge Day 7

Pray: Dear God, today we say a prayer for the doctors, nurses, and other medical staff across the globe. They have stressful jobs, working hard on behalf of their patients every day. And this year in particular has been especially trying on the medical world. We pray for their strength, stamina, and wellbeing. And just as life can be challenging for those working in the medical field, life can also be challenging for each of us, Lord. But something we are learning is that there is always something to be thankful for. This truly warms our hearts. Even when the things going on around us seem dismal, there are still blessings in each day and in each situation. As we face uncertainty in our lives, we remember that Romans 8:28 promises that You will work all things together for good. This promise brings us great comfort. And it helps us to trust You with each day of our lives. You are a loving, faithful, and trustworthy Father. We reach our hands out to You and raise a hallelujah. The enemy can’t bring us down when we have Almighty God by our side. We sing Your praises to drown out lies, fear, and unbelief. We sing Your praises because praise is a powerful weapon. Jesus, we rejoice in You! Thank You, Lord! With You by our side, there’s always an abundance of blessings to be thankful for. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you grateful for? I am grateful for Romans 8:28 which tells us that God works all things together for good. I am grateful that we can raise a hallelujah in the presence of our enemies. And I am grateful that there is always something to be thankful for.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Raise a Hallelujah by Bethel Music, Jonathan and Melissa Helser

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