How Thankful Are You?

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I came across another blogger yesterday, Joel Taylor. His blog is 5pt. Salt. His question convicted me.

What if you woke up this morning with only that which you thanked God for yesterday?”


I keep a written prayer journal, so it only took a second to see that yesterday I was not thankful during my prayer time. I was needy.

Not that asking our Heavenly Father for what we need is a bad thing. God will provide for us, at the right time.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life. 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34

I used to keep a gratitude journal. Every night I wrote five things I was thankful for. I could not repeat myself. The journal was eye-opening. I realized I had so many blessings in my life. I was blessed by things I never realized were blessings. This exercise changed me. I think it’s time to take up this practice again.

In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights” James 1:17

Walk in His Light,


18 thoughts on “How Thankful Are You?

    • Thank you for your kind words. At first it was hard to think of things to be grateful for, but then I realized how much I had. Some nights I wrote more than 5 things. Blessings to you.

    • Gail, that is the 2nd time in 2 days I have seen that title. I will add it to my shopping list next time I am at the book store. Looking forward to it. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Blessings to you.

  1. I love this post! I look forward to trying this specific journal. I know sometimes the only thing that can get me out of a slump is remembering how God came through for me in the past. Thanks for the idea!

    -Tasha, The Bridge Chicago

    • I’m looking for it. Apparently his blog name, 5pt. Salt, isn’t enough. I will get back to you when I have time to search for this.
      I found it under gratitude, I just need time to search back for that post.

    • Oh my, thank you for sharing that. 241 things to be thankful for and still counting. That makes me think of what I might do for this Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for sharing your story. Blessings to you.

  2. Hi Julie, Thanks again for viewing more of our Ray of Hope Ministries web-sites. I hope you find them helpful as you continue to publish yours. I look forward to your Bible study. With respect to your recent blog ” How Thankful Are You?”, I am reminded that often God is working in our lives even when we are not aware of it. It is good to try to always be alert to what God is doing with us. I’m writing a spiritual autobiography, and in researching my life, I have discovered that there have been many times when there seemed to be nothing bad news and hopelessness, but in hind-sight it turned out that God was moving me in such a way that ultimately there was good news and hope fulfilled. My writing will be in the form of an e-book, to be available to anyone interested, free on a separate, to be created, web-site. The other thing I’ll point out is that just in the ordinary course of our day to day lives, if we are alert to and believe in the possibility, we will find God working in us. That has happened to me a number of times just in the past week or two. I expect to be writing about these on our “Today’s Enlightenment” web-site ( over the next few weeks. Thanks for reminding all of us about the need to be thankful, and the recommendation about keeping a journal of things to be thankful for every day.
    May God be with you as the Holy Spirit speaks through you to the rest of us.
    Ray Gough

    • Ray,
      Thank you for your comment, and the Like on my Facebook Page.
      You are so right about God working even when we don’t realize it. We must learn to be patient and wait for the Lord’s perfect timing.
      I look forward to your e-book. Send me a link so I can promote it.
      Thank you for your service to the Kingdom.


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