Psalm 105

1 Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. 2 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. 3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 4 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 5 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, 6 O descendants of Abraham his servant, O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones. 7 He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth.

How can we truly give thanks in a way that honors God for all that He has done for us? I believe the thanksgiving challenge is the first step to developing a grateful heart for all that God has done for us. Most people miss several opportunities each day just to offer a word of thanks for God’s movement in their lives. When we are able to greet a friend, devote time to prayer, invest time in reading the scriptures, drive from place to place safely, hug our children and grand children, hold hands with our spouse to let them know how much we love them, we should be giving thanks to God.  These events in our lives take place because of God’s grace and mercy not because we are so great and mighty.

 Some people are focused and fixated on the negative and challenging things of life.  Some people have experienced nothing but rough times so it is difficult to imagine that you will instantly change your perspectives on life. I want to challenge the children of God to be focused on God’s goodness, God’s blessings and God’s wonderful acts in our lives. This is the Thanksgiving Challenge.

 

Set aside one minute each hour that you are awake and say a prayer of thanksgiving. If you are awake for 12 hours you will say 12 one minute prayers.   Journal once a day about everything that you gave thanks for. Continue with this discipline for a week. I believe you will experience several things. 

 Your hourly moment of gratefulness will be short at the beginning of the week but much longer as the week continues.

  1. Your ability to see God moving in your life on a daily basis will increase
  2. Your ability to express your thanksgiving will multiply
  3. You will have a written record of God’s blessing in your life to remind you about God’s goodness especially when you are experiencing difficult times.

 I double dare you to try the Thanksgiving Challenge. August 6 -12th, I am inviting our entire church family to join with me and participate in the Thanksgiving Challenge.  It will change your life.

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