In All Things Give Thanks

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Some of us have an annual day of thankfulness, but this isn’t nearly what God had in mind for us. Initially it may seem strange to make time to give thanks in all circumstances – it seems impossible. There must be exceptions for when I can’t get a good nights sleep? When I feel sick? What about when my children are sick, or I got fired from my job?

But I can thank God in every circumstance because God is in control. He can turn things around. He can bring good out of the worst circumstance. God is still with me, still loving me, still saving me. There is always a hundred things to be thankful for even in the worst of circumstances.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1Thes 5:18).

During Prayer

A favorite verse of mine is: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” from Phil 4:6.  I have a tendency towards being anxious about a large number of things, so I remind myself of this verse daily. I think one of the keys to unlocking a way out of anxiety is to include thanksgiving in my prayers and routinely in my daily life.

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Gratitude Journal

One way I have found to have a more structured time of thankfulness is to keep a journal where I would write down the thing during the day that I was most thankful for. Often I write far more than one thing. I find this is a lovely way to end my day. Now, as I look back in this journal, I see the hand of God, blessing me and loving me each day of my life. Its a great way to fall asleep and also a way to track beautiful moments and memories.

Praise Walk

One thing I find very energizing is to take a walk and spend that time giving thanks for every beautiful thing I see, for each circumstance I am in, for each person I know. During this time, I outlaw worrying and find myself full of joy and positivity.

 

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Morning Devotions – Coffee and Jesus

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After salvation, spiritual growth can begin. I have found that setting a daily devotional time for prayer, worship and bible study have been the best source for spiritual growth for me. In my morning devotions, I draw near to God and feel his presence most clearly. Very often I find a verse or a passage that resonates with my soul and draws me into prayer and thanksgiving. Its a time to listen and talk and enjoy relationship.

Morning Devotions or Evening Devotions

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There are a lot of different ways to approach a devotional time. What works for some people doesn’t work for others. At different times in our lives, we may be called into deeper spiritual times which may require longer devotional times. Many people seem to think that first thing in the morning is the best time for devotions. I also like a morning devotion time, but not first thing in the morning for me. I need to wake up a bit first, have some coffee, do some little chores. I have also had periods in my life where evening devotions worked better for me – a time where I laid down the worries of the day, and moved into peace. I think the important thing here is not what time or for how long, but that I keep showing up and Jesus draws me closer.

The Purpose of Devotions

As a child of God, I seek a closer relationship with him. And as I seek, I find God is closer than ever. In my daily devotions, I want to draw close to God’s heart, understand more about Him, obey His commands, and hold on to His promises – especially hold on to His promises. This is the way I prepare to trust and be obedient, to face life and exercise my faith in the midst of the obstacles and opportunities that face me everyday.

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