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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!