Day 23, one week left in this Gratitude Challenge. Some days have been easy to find something to be thankful for and others I have had to think and pray and work to find something. It is easy for me when life is going well to be thankful for everything. But when I let worry overtake me I have a harder time. This challenge has been great for me to really think about all the blessings that God has given to me. I tend to put blessings as large and small in my mind. Yet, blessings should all be considered large. That God would look down upon me, a sinner, yet love me enough to send His one and only Son to live and die for my sins, then I should be thankful for everything He has graciously provided.
While there are many Bible passages that I ponder, memorize, turn to in trouble, there is one that comes to the front of my mind often. Philippians 4:4-7 says “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (emphasis mine) So during this week of Thanksgiving, I give thanks that God loves me, forgives me, and tells me to come to Him with all my requests large and small and He will send peace.