Monday, February 18, 2008

My Bible Journey

Philippians 4:6 ESV do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayerand supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

A couple of weeks ago I read that Mark Batterson writes down three things he’s grateful for everyday in his prayer journal. I have attempted to add this discipline to my life. Here are a couple of things that I have discovered:

  • I’m more positive. When I start my day being thankful I tend to “see” things from a more positive view point. My faith is growing as I position my heart to be more grateful for what God is doing in my life instead of focusing on what’s not happening.
  • I’m more prayerful. Instead of worrying, being grateful for what God has done in my life leads me to prayerfully give him today’s concerns. I lean more on His strength and less on my “brilliance or abilities”.
  • I’m more peaceful. I have a greater sense of God’s presence by thanking Him for several specific blessings He has provided in my life. I tend to stress less about my weaknesses and failures when I give Him credit for the successes.

This is in no way an exhaustive list of the benefits of being more grateful. (Sorry about the wasn't on purpose) Here’s your assignment: Why don’t you try for a couple of weeks and tell us all what good things thanksgiving is working in your life.

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