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,