You’ve got a lot going on in your life, and, most likely, some of those things are taking up a lot of your “thought time” and probably causing you some worries.
Are you chained down by your circumstances? How are you handling it? By going to God and asking Him to take them away?
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I’ve always known God and believed in Him as long as I can remember.
I‘ve gone to church, Sunday School, and done several Bible studies, but until I actually began seeking out a relationship with Him, I always went to Him with an asking heart.
In fact, I thought that’s what we were supposed to do.
Yes, the Bible tells us,
For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be openend. Matthew 7:8
However, it’s important for us to thank Him first.
Cultivating a thankful heart
How does having a thankful heart benefit you?
- A thankful heart leaves more room for Jesus and His perspective in your life.
- Praise takes your mind off your worries and challenges and turns it back to God.
- A grateful heart protects you from negative thinking.
- Having more gratitude makes room in your heart for the only true joy and peace that you can feel completely – His joy and peace.
- Cultivating a thankful heart frees you to live the life God created you for.
Be deliberate in your gratitude
Learning to be deliberate in your gratitude typically doesn’t come naturally. It’s going to take practice.
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Colossions 4:2
Becoming aware of your thoughts and prayers is the first step in changing your heart, but what else can you do?
Start your prayers by giving thanks instead of asking
- In the morning, start by thanking God for giving you the gift of another day and creating that day for you.
- Thank Him for already going before you and equipping you with what you need to handle the day’s challenges.
- Do you have something that you really don’t want to be doing? Intentionally thank Him for it. He’ll begin to change your perspective and show you the blessings in that unenjoyable task. (Ask me how I know this first hand!)
Communicating with God throughout the day is another big way to begin this change. (Especially when you, trustingly, thank Him for knowing that He’s got you no matter what’s going on in your life!)
It doesn’t always have to be a long prayer, but even a quick “thank you, Lord,” when you see Him at work.
- A beautiful sunrise on your way to work or dropping off the kids.
- The gorgeous trees and flowers that you notice on your morning and afternoon commute. Afterall, He created it all for you and me!
- Answered prayers for someone you love.
- In the midst of a challenge you’re not feeling exceptionally thankful for, but trusting that He won’t leave you and knowing that He’ll bring beauty out of the ashes!
Deepening your walk with God
There are many ways to deepen your relationship with Him that’ll begin to change your heart as well.
- Start a daily devotional and prayer journal. One of my favorites is Sarah Young’s, Jesus Calling. Seriously! It’s so darn good!
- Take an e-course or subscribe to a daily scripture app so that it’s delivered right to your inbox every day. I highly recommend the Priority Living e-course by Living Our Priorities! It’s a free 5-day course and a great way to jumpstart a regular devotional time.
- Use the podcast app on your phone and find a Christian podcast that you can listen to during your commute, while you’re cleaning, folding clothes, or making dinner.
You can find more ideas at 5 Ways to Spend Time With God.
Today I challenge you to pay close attention while you go through your day, and begin whispering a quick “thank you” to the good Lord above!
It’s absolutely incredible watching your perspective change when you begin seeing God at work all around you.
You can’t help but have a thankful heart!
To help remind you of this, I made a free printable of my favorite verses for you,
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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Thanks for stopping by the blog. Comment below and let me know how you saw God working in your life today!
Until next time, my friend…..
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