Gratitude Challenge Day 6

Pray: Dear God, today we take a moment to pray for our health and the health of our loved ones. We ask for complete healing – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It can be difficult to always make the right choices, eat the best foods, and get proper exercise, so we ask for your loving guidance. Also, with all the unrest in our world right now, it’s easy to let our worries take over, which weighs on our mental well-being. So we pray for peace in our world and peace in our hearts. But, Lord, we have seen over the past several days how gratitude has helped us to feel happier and closer to You. So we turn our attention to You and Your goodness, which floods us with more gratitude and joy. God, You are indescribable, uncontainable, amazing, and all powerful. Focusing on You helps us to see how many things there are to be thankful for. You fill our hearts with joy. You fill us with awe. It is outstanding to think that the same God who created the universe, also loves us, cares for us, sees us, hears us, and knows us. Thank You, Lord! We come to You today with praise and thanksgiving in our hearts. We love You, Lord. We praise You and Your holy name. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for? I am thankful that we can trust God with everyday concerns, such as our health. I am thankful for our all-powerful God and the joy He brings into our lives. And I am thankful that He knows each one of us in a very personal way.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Indescribable by Chris Tomlin

Please share in the comments if today’s reading spoke to you. Or you may add a prayer, your gratitude list, praise, etc.

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Gratitude Challenge Day 5

Pray: Dear God, there are so many blessings in our lives. Too often we overlook them and focus on the negative. So today we will make a point to look for all the good things in our lives. Help us to be alert and keep our eyes open to the goodness around us. Even when we are facing an issue, we will be diligent to look for the silver lining. Help us to see that life is not full of disappointments, but is overflowing with blessings. At times we turn small mishaps into more than what they really are. It can be so very easy to focus on difficulties and overlook the abundance of grace in our lives. We regret all the time we have wasted in the past, with eyes that focused on the negative. We want to change that and keep our hearts open to see all the beauty around us. And when troubles come our way, we simply have to remember who our God is. You make a way, where there is no way. You are a miracle worker. You keep your promises. No obstacle is too small for You to overcome. You are always working behind the scenes, even when it doesn’t seem like it from our limited view. And You are always working things out for our good. Help us to keep these truths in mind and help us to alter our perspectives, Lord. We want to honor you with our outlooks and our attitudes, today and every day. Thank you, Lord, for opening our eyes in a new way. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for? I am thankful for all of the silver linings that God has put in our lives. I am thankful that our amazing God is a way maker, miracle worker, and promise keeper. I am thankful that even when it doesn’t seem like it or feel like it, GOD IS WORKING!

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Way Maker performed by Mandisa

Please share in the comments if today’s reading spoke to you. Or you may add a prayer, your gratitude list, praise, etc.

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Gratitude Challenge Day 4

Pray: Dear Father, today we come to You with peace in our hearts, because we know that You are in control. Any worries that are weighing on our minds, we hand them over to You. We trust You, God. We believe that when we put our concerns in Your hands, You will work everything out for the best. You always know what is best because You can see the whole picture. Our human eyes are limited, so we turn to You wholeheartedly. You always have our best interest in mind. Knowing this allows us to say with confidence, “it is well with our souls.” We thank You and we praise You! Without You, we have nothing and we are nothing. You alone are our portion. You are God of all wisdom and truth. We walk with peace that surpasses understanding, Lord, because we have placed our hearts in Your hands. Thank You, Father. We are so thankful that we can come to You in prayer, today and everyday. You are our rock, our fortress, our deliverer, and our shield. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are three things which you are grateful for? Today I am grateful for the power of prayer, I am grateful for the precious gift of forgiveness, and I am grateful to know that God always has our best interests in mind.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! It Is Well With My Soul performed by Nicole C. Mullen

Please share in the comments if today’s reading spoke to you. Or you may add a prayer, your gratitude list, praise, etc.

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Gratitude Challenge Day 3

Pray: Dear Lord, today we come before You with regret for all the complaining we tend to do. We know it grieves You when we gripe. We want to turn our hearts around and make gratitude a lasting habit. The world around us has so much negativity and complaining. But we can spread the light of Jesus by being optimistic and practicing gratitude. When we focus on You, Your goodness, and all the ways You bless us, it helps us to turn our complaints into praises. So, we are starting off today with gratefulness in our hearts. Please help us to hold onto this throughout the day. And as we lay our heads on our pillows tonight, help us to recall all the wonderful things that happened in our day. Help us to drift off to sleep while giving You thanks.

Lord, we also take a moment to pray regarding the elections occurring today in the USA. For those who haven’t voted yet, please give us discernment as we vote today. Please help us to keep in mind truth, which comes from You alone. And no matter what the outcome is, we ask for peace. We place it all in Your hands, because our trust is in You alone. Most of all we pray for this country and for the entire world. God, the world has been through so much heartache this year. Please bring healing to every corner of the earth. We pray that all hearts are turned towards You. Thank You, Father. In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.

Practice Gratitude: Write down at least three things you are thankful for. Today I am thankful for the gift of practicing gratitude because I have seen in my own life how it can transform our hearts. I am thankful for the opportunity to spread the light and love of Jesus to those I encounter today. And I am thankful for the power of praise.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Counting Every Blessing by Rend Collective

Please share in the comments if today’s reading spoke to you. Or you may add a prayer, your gratitude list, praise, etc.

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Gratitude Challenge Day 2

Pray: Dear God, we start this day with a thankful heart. And we ask You to help us start each day this way, throughout the month. If we make this a habit for thirty days, our hope is to continue beyond this challenge. Lord, the truth is that sometimes life brings us down; therefore, starting the day with a grateful heart isn’t always easy. But we know it is possible, when we walk in Your strength. And we know that the trials which come our way are often from the enemy. He wants to bring us down so that we cannot live in gratitude and peace. So as we face our day today we remember the promise found in Isaiah 41:10 which tells us that we need not fear or be discouraged because You are with us, You will strengthen us, and You will hold us up with Your victorious right hand. We are grateful for this wonderful truth. What a joy it is to spend time with You today and to soak up Your presence. This helps us start our day and our week with peace and gratitude. We ask for the Holy Spirit to flood our hearts. God, there is no one like You. You are greater and stronger and higher than anything we know. When we remember how awesome You are, it helps us to start our day on the right foot. Thank You, Lord, for this new day. We hand it over to You, for Your honor and Your glory. In Jesus’ Holy Name we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: Write down at least three things which you are grateful for. I am grateful for the opportunity to start this day with a grateful heart, I am grateful for the truth found in Isaiah 41:10, and I am grateful for our God!

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

Please share in the comments if today’s reading spoke to you. Or you may add a prayer, your gratitude list, praise, etc.

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Gratitude Challenge Day 1

Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, we come before You with an open heart this month. Over the next thirty days, we ask You to help us keep our focus in the right direction. We pray that through this challenge, our hearts will be filled. This year has been a struggle, Lord. There have been so many things that have brought us fear, discouragement, and devastation. But instead of allowing the circumstances of this year to crush us, we are going to remember to treasure life in a new way. We are going to remember that every day is a gift from You. We are taking a step forward in faith towards You. This month, we are going to cling to You. God, we want to be overwhelmed by Your goodness this month. Please open our eyes to all the beauty around us. Lord, we ask You to please bless this time and help us each to grow closer to You. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for? Write down at least three things that come to mind. I am thankful for the overwhelming love of God, I am thankful for a new day, and I am thankful to be embarking on this journey with you.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Overwhelmed by Big Daddy Weave

Please share in the comments if today’s reading spoke to you. Or you may add a prayer, your gratitude list, praise, etc.

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Countdown to the Gratitude Challenge

Hello, friends! No official post today. I just wanted to remind you that the gratitude challenge is coming in a few days. I am looking forward to it, and I hope you are too. For more information, please see this post. And here is a beautiful praise song to get you ready to pray, practice gratitude, and praise: Awake My Soul by Hillsong Worship. Blessings to all!

God’s Love Each Day

Every day is a gift from God
There’s much to be thankful for
If we open our eyes and our hearts
We’ll see life as something to adore

Each morning when we wake up
Thanking God should come to mind
He has blessed us with a new day
And we have new treasures to find

What a precious jewel each day is
A new day to soak in Jesus’s love
Every day can bring us peace and joy
If we keep our eyes on things above

God’s love is overwhelming
We thank Him for this new day
Eager to see what the day will hold
We seek Him every step of the way

© 2020 Bridget A. Thomas

In my last post, I mentioned that during the month of November I will be holding a gratitude challenge. A fellow blogger, DarylMadden, commented on that post, sharing a YouTube video. (If you enjoy poetry, then I highly recommend Daryl Madden’s blog!) I wanted to share the YouTube video with you, as well. So please take a few moments to watch it. It is so beautiful. I want to live every day of my life with this mindset. Here is the link to the video: A Grateful Day with Brother David Steindl-Rast.

Gratitude Challenge Coming In November

Hi Friends! I have exciting news today. I will be hosting a Gratitude Challenge during the month of November! I have to be honest. I did not originally plan on doing this. But a friend asked me last week if I would consider it. Since 2020 has been so difficult for many, she felt we all could use a gratitude boost. And she is right.

If you walked through the Gratitude Challenge with me in 2018, this one is similar. However, there will be some key differences. In 2018 we walked through my book Every Day is a Gift, and then we met up here every day to discuss each of the thirty short chapters. This time, you are encouraged to read through Every Day is a Gift again. But you don’t have to, if you don’t have time. We will still meet up here each day. However, the content that I will be sharing in each post will be broad enough for everyone, even if you did not read the chapter from the book.

My intent is to keep each post short, for those of you with busy schedules. However, I am going to pack each post with encouragement. My hope is that we can get our hearts in the right place each day, as we focus on gratitude, and ultimately the Lord.

The layout of this year’s Gratitude Challenge is going be set up with what I am calling a PPP format:

Pray – In each post I will include a prayer. This will be loosely based off of that day’s reading in Every Day is a Gift. However, you will still be able to get meaning out of the prayer, even if you were not able to read that day’s passage in the book.

Practice Gratitude – Each day we will be practicing gratitude. I ask you to come up with at least three things you are thankful for each day. (In the book I recommended that you come up with five things. But I am trying to condense this challenge for those with busy schedules. Of course, you may come up with more than three, if you would like to.) You are welcome to share your gratitude list in the comments, if you feel comfortable doing so. But I encourage you to also write your items down in a personal journal. I will share three items of my own in each post.

Praise – In each post, I will include a link to a praise song. If you have been following my blog this year, then you know I talked extensively about the importance of praise. There is something miraculous that happens when we praise God.

I really am excited about this PPP format. Prayer, practicing gratitude, and praise should be vital elements in our daily lives. But often, due to our active schedules, we don’t take time for these things. Hopefully this challenge will show us how easy it is to work these things into our schedules. And what’s more, I hope that this challenge shows us how powerful prayer, practicing gratitude, and praise are. I truly believe after doing each of these three things for thirty day, our hearts will be transformed.

I hope you will join me for the 2020 Gratitude Challenge, starting on November 1!

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Are You Struggling?

Have you been walking through some difficulties? Are you struggling in any areas of your life? Have you been feeling defeated? I can relate! I was walking through some hardships recently as well. But I learned some valuable lessons along the way. I had the honor of writing a guest post for The Peaceful Wife blog, where I talk about the things God revealed to me during this time. I invite you to check out my guest post here: Why Am I Struggling So Much? I hope you get some encouragement out of it!

The Peaceful Wife blog is one that I have been following for over seven years! The blogger behind The Peaceful Wife is April Cassidy, author of The Peaceful Wife and Peaceful Mom books. April’s posts most often pertain to marriage and what God intended for our marriages to look like. She shares all that she learned along her own personal journey. But April also touches on other topics that have helped me, and countless others, have a closer walk with Jesus. I cannot tell you how much April’s blog has been a blessing to me, my marriage, and my Christian walk. Check out The Peaceful Wife blog here.