Practice Being Thankful

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6) 
 
This verse tells us to not be anxious about anything. That often seems like a pretty difficult. You might see lots of bad things going on in the world.  Or feel that you’re under too much stress at work or school. Even in the middle of all of these things, God tells us to not be anxious. 
 
How is that possible? How can you go through life without being anxious? The rest of this verse tells us how to do it. We are to do two things:
  • Pray.
  • Be thankful.
When we choose being thankful, it changes our perspective on the situation. Instead of being stressed out about how demanding your job is, you can be thankful that you have a job. Instead of stressing about whether you’re going to meet the right person to marry, you can be thankful that you’re single and get to spend more of your free time getting to know God. In many cases, being thankful can turn your anxiety around. It’s hard to be anxious when you’re thankful. 
 
Today choose to put aside your anxiety and choose to practice being thankful. You’ll find that as you become thankful, it’s hard to be anxious. 
 
I confess, Lord, that I so often prefer worry over prayer and being thankful. Thank you that you invite me to cast all my cares upon you. I pray that I may learn to do that with a heart of continual thanksgiving. Amen. 
 
This devotion blessed me today. Let us be reminded today that as we practice being thankful the result is peace. The peace of God that passes all understanding will keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Not my will but thine be done.  
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is Isaiah 40:28 


Attitude of Gratitude

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (Colossians 3:17)

While there will always be things to complain about, if we look carefully there are always blessings to be thankful for. When Paul describes our newness in Christ, “thankfulness” is the only characteristic mentioned more than once. In fact it is mentioned three times. “Be thankful,” he says in Colossians 3:15. Sing to God “with gratitude in your hearts” (v. 16). And whatever you do, be sure to be “giving thanks to God the Father” (v. 17). Paul’s instruction to be thankful is astonishing when we consider that he wrote this letter from prison!

Today, let’s make the choice to have an attitude of thankfulness.   

Lord, teach me the liberating joy of being thankful! Help me to find the blessings that are locked up in the things I complain about and to regularly express my gratitude to You and others. Amen.

I recently read this and again, I needed this today. God always has a way of meeting me right where I am.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Colossians 3:12-17