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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Gratitude Challenge Day 20

Pray: Dear God, this gratitude challenge has been gently shaping us over the past few weeks and we thank You for that. We have found that we are expressing thanksgiving more and more. But, Lord, we would like to take it a step further. We also want to allow our actions to speak gratitude as well. We don’t just want to say the words “thank you” with our mouths. We also want the things we do to display that we are grateful. So, Father, please show us opportunities throughout the day today where we can do that. Help us to see times when we could chip in and lend a hand. We want our actions to be for Your honor and Your glory. And when we live in gratitude, that will help us to keep things in perspective.

Father, today we ask for healing. Many of us and many of our loved ones need divine healing. We pray for healing from every ailment, every ache and pain, and every disease. We command sickness and pain to flee, in the name of Jesus. It says in Exodus 15:26 that You are the Lord who heals us. And it says in Exodus 23:25 that You will take sickness away from our midst. God, we claim these promises found in Your word. We turn to You in obedience, so that we can have complete access to You and Your promises. Thank You, Lord. You are so faithful and trustworthy. We are thankful for who You are. Thank You so much, for Your guidance and strength. We have so much to be thankful for, with the love of Jesus in our lives. We sing hallelujah, for our wonderful Savior. We shout Your praise, for You are great. In Jesus’ holy name we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for? I am thankful for opportunities to express gratitude, not just in words, but in actions as well. I am thankful for our Savior. I am thankful we can sing His praises. I am thankful that we can live in a way that honors and glorifies God. And I am thankful that our God is our ultimate physician and healer.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Worship Medley performed by Tauren Wells

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Gratitude Challenge Day 19

Pray: Dear Lord, we have come so far in this gratitude challenge. We have spent the past several weeks focusing on giving thanks. Lord, please help us to continue on this journey. Please help us to keep looking for opportunities to express our thanks to You and to those around us. Please help the words “thank you” to be frequently on our lips. One thing that we have found is that gratitude makes us feel better. So when we feel like we are losing steam, please remind us to keep going.

Lord, we also ask for Your wisdom and discernment in everything that we are facing. Help us to stay in tune with You. Help us to hear Your loving voice above the noise of the world. Help us to remember that we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us, guiding us with any decisions or crossroads in ours lives. It is in Christ alone that we find our hope. He is our light and our strength. We thank You, Jesus, for Your precious blood. We thank You, for being our comforter. We stand in Your love and grace. In Jesus’ most beautiful name we pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for? I am thankful that Jesus is our hope, Jesus is our light, and Jesus is our strength. I am thankful we have the Holy Spirit guiding us, giving us wisdom and discernment. And I am thankful that we can turn our ears to the Lord to hear His loving voice over the noise of the world.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! In Christ Alone performed by Lauren Daigle

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Gratitude Challenge Day 18

Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, we praise You and thank You for gently guiding us and molding us, each and every day. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own selfish desires, and we forget that we are called to extend love and light to those around us. At times, we are too busy to give someone our time, our help, or an ear to listen. But You are showing us, Lord, that we can be different. Help us to not live with a lack mentality, God. Often times this is what it boils down to. We believe that if we give someone our time, or some other resource, we will be lacking for our own needs. But, Lord, we realize now that anytime we give something away in Your name and in Your honor, it will always come back to us. It will never be wasted. Thank You, God, for showing us the way. And today we ask You to help us remember this as we encounter other people in our lives who need a little love. We can help raise others up because You raise us up. We praise You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We praise You, King of kings. Thank You, God. It is in Jesus’ name that we humbly pray, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you grateful for today? I am grateful that I can give others my time or an ear to listen, when they are in need of a friend. I am grateful that God raises me up, and I can in turn help raise others up. And I am grateful for God’s nudges when He gently shows us the way.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! King of Kings by Hillsong Worship

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Gratitude Challenge Day 17

Pray: Dear Father, today we say a prayer for ourselves and for our loved ones. We ask that You break any chains or bondages in our lives and in the lives of our family and friends. We know Jesus came to set us free, and freedom is available to us. But sometimes there are still things that hold us hostage. There is power in the name of Jesus to break those chains. And today we are thankful that we can find freedom. We also say a prayer for our loved ones who are lost. We have family and friends who do not live their lives for You. We pray for their hearts to be turned towards You. And we pray that we can be a witness to those who need one.

Today we also want to make a point of expressing our thanks. Today we will keep the words “thank you” in our minds and look for opportunities to say them. Lord, we start with You and thank You for Your unfailing love and mercy. We are so grateful for all that You do in our lives. Lord, You are holy, almighty, and glorious. Your glory is overwhelming. When we think about how magnificent You are, it gives us much to be thankful for. God, we also want to look for opportunities to say “thank you” to the people we encounter, as well. We will make a point of tell our loved ones how much they mean to us. We might not say the words “thank you” often enough. But we hope to change that, Lord. We ask for You to gently nudge us when we forget. We ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Practice Gratitude: What are you thankful for today? I am thankful for the power in Jesus’ name. I am thankful that we can express our gratitude to God and to the people in our lives. And I am thankful for our holy, almighty, and glorious God.

Praise. Here is today’s song! Enjoy! Holy is the Lord by Chris Tomlin

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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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