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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 23 Gratitude Challenge

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.

7 comments:

Jimi Ann said...

Beautiful post, Jill. So true, yet so difficult to keep in the forefront of our minds! I find encouragement here on your blog, and look forward to visiting more! So glad you stopped by today!

bunsell said...

Thank you for this beautiful post!

The Unsell Family said...

That post above was from me (Jen Unsell). I didn't realize I was signed into my husbands account. ;)
~Jen
www.theunsells.blogspot.com

Heidi... said...

I love that He answers my prayers time and time again!

Our Village is a Little Different said...

I say this passage to myself sometimes. Well, sing it, actually - I learned it first as a song, and it helps me through any anxiety producing situations. Thank you for this great reminder.

Lisa said...

It is wonderful to experience His peace!

Vickie said...

Love this verse and I learned it as a song first as well. Thanks for the reminder.