Start the timer for 5 minutes….and let’s write some words.
Give thanks. Yes. Give God thanks for all He does. For His love, mercy, and righteous judgement. We can praise Him for the small things like our breath on a cool morning and sweater weather. We love to praise Him for His big graces like a warm home, a family who loves us, and laughter. For our safety and health.
But as I began to list the things I was thankful for, I realized they had one thing in common: ME. I was thankful for the things I liked. For the things I felt were good, right, and fair. What about when life is unfair? When a fourteen month old baby dies in his momma’s arms? When a friend loses her teenager daughter while she is walking down the street? Can we thank God when life is hard? Or when life is ordinary, do we remember to thank Him?
I find myself forgetting to thank Him in the everydayness because I’m still focused on ME. I’m looking for the good graces around me, grasping at new and interesting things I can thank him for, like coffee, and scarves, and quiet moments.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever.
and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:4-5
The psalmist thanked God, not because life was sweet or good or even pleasant. He thanked God for HIS goodness. The Psalmist praised God for HIS steadfast love and faithfulness.
We can never run out of things to be thankful for because our thanks is focused on GOD and not on us. And I’m all for finding the smallest reasons to give God praise, but what if everyday we woke up and prayed:
God, I give you thanks for Your goodness. You are good. Period. I give you thanks for your steadfast love. No matter my past. Even five seconds ago, You love me. And I thank you for your faithfulness. It isn’t boring, but a comfort. Like a warm blanket, I wrap Your faithfulness around me today. Amen.
Something special happens in October. A community of bloggers and writers gather for 31 Days of Writing. For an extra little challenge, I’ll be also participating in 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.
31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes is a “challenge within the challenge,” so to speak — namely, to post on your blog every day in the month of October, but to write each post in only five minutes flat.
If you are interested in joining the fun, check out Christina’s page here.
Here is the list of the word prompts for 31 Days of Five Minute – Free Writes.
Do you struggle finding time to study the Bible?
Do you wish you had more minutes in the day to devote to Bible reading?
What if I told you you could start TODAY in just 5 minutes!?
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