Today I am thankful for God's grace.
His grace is so sufficient for me. He affords me new mercies every single day, even though I constantly fail, and I constantly fall. I am thankful for the grace He affords me, His mercies, which make a way for me to run to Him. He is my fortress, my strong tower, my refuge and my strength. When I have felt overwhelmed by my weaknesses, or by the circumstances that surround, God is my peace, my comforter, my joy and my strength.
Today I am thankful for God's strength.
I am reassured again and again that I can do all things through Christ who give me strength. I am feeling a little overwhelmed this morning as I write this; I feel like I have too much to do, all at the same time: conflicting priorities; and I hear a little voice in my head telling me to quit, to just give up, to throw in the towel. But I also hear God's voice loud and clear, reminding me that I can do hard things. I CAN DO HARD THINGS - because I can do ALL things!
God wants us to be successful, and He has equipped each and every one of us with the strength to conquer whatever comes our way today!
Today I am thankful to God for being my very present help in times of trouble.
It's amazing how, when you actually pause and pay attention, you can see God's hand at work even in the small, day-to-day mundane things. I am thankful that all I need to do is to call out to Him, He is ever ready to guide me, ever-present to answer my prayers. That is something no human being can do for me, no matter how much they love me.
He moves mountains that are in my way. The walls and barriers meant to stop me, He causes them to fall. He always makes a way, even when in my eyes it seems there is no way. He brings me hope, when I think it's hopeless.
Today I am thankful that God is my peace.
My default setting is to worry. If one got paid to worry, I think I would be a billionaire by now!
Worry, unfortunately, feeds our fears, and before you know it, you have this big giant snowball of anxiety, coming downhill fast at you, to overwhelm you. But it doesn't have to be like that. Throughout my life's journey, I have discovered that every time I give my worries and my fears over to God in prayer, I feel so much at peace. I feel calm. The anxiety dissipates at the knowledge that someone bigger than me is in control. The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 5:7 to cast all our cares on Jesus because He cares for us. How awesome is that! I no longer have to carry the burden of anxiety, I do not have to worry or be fearful of what may or may not happen. No matter what's in store for me today, God is my peace!
The joy of the Lord is my strength!
I am thankful today for God's joy. It is a joy the comes from within, it is not superfluous. I have joy despite what I see happening around me, or what I am going through. Because I have the joy of the Lord, I have found that I no longer mope around the house feeling sorry for myself. God's joy helps me see beyond the helplessness, the darkness and the depressing thoughts that sometimes threaten to overwhelm me. Because of God's joy I can focus on the better days ahead.
Hope, peace and joy. They all work together to fill my life with many blessings
Today I want to give God thanks for my health.
There are some aches and pains that trouble me here and there, which remind me to pause and allow my body to rest. It's Sunday morning as I write this, and I am remembering that early this year I promised myself that I would not do any work or any writing on Sundays. I was going to use my Sundays for resting. So even though I feel a bit of pain today, I lift it to God, and bless Him for my health, because I know that by His stripes, I am healed.
I am thankful for the strength that He blesses me with day after day so that I can do the work that He has set before me.
Today I am thankful to God for my job.
I recognize that I could be in a different, less comfortable place financially today if had not been for God's supernatural blessings and favour over the work that I do. Many people have either lost their jobs completely or had their income significantly reduced because of the pandemic, but God saw it fit to keep my job stable. God knew that I do not yet possess the fortitude to fight the worry and anxiety of bills not paid. Had it not been for God, this would probably have been the thing that killed me!
Today I am thankful for God's unconditional love!
For a long time, I believed that I could find unconditional love in people, but in most cases, that was such a letdown. I found that in most cases, people will only love you for what you can do for them, or give to them. They will love you only for the benefits they enjoy from the relationship, and once you cannot provide those benefits, they literally write you off. I also know that the love of some people in my life has waxed cold because I may have transgressed against them.
But not God; we sin against him over and over again, yet His arms remain open wide, calling us to come as we are. He remains our safe refuge, our shelter from the remain. He remains steadfast in His relentless love for us. For me!
I am thankful for my family today.
Although we may differ in certain things like opinions, ambition or even appearance, we are all connected and bound together tightly by our roots. I am so thankful for that connection. Thankful to know that I belong somewhere; I belong to a group of people who call me their own.
I am thankful for their undying love and unwavering support: they are my very own personal home-crowd; always cheering for me, relentlessly praying for me, and always covering me. I know they will always have my back. I know they will always stand up for me. And most importantly, I know they will always be there for me.
This morning I am feeling extremely humbled and grateful to be living in this great nation.
Whilst it has its own shortcomings - by the way, every nation has its own - I am thankful for the abundance of opportunities that we enjoy as citizens.
I am thankful for the freedom and peace (yes, I am aware of the exceptions to this), thankful that my children can go to school, get a good education and go as far in their studies as their own determination will take them.
I am thankful that I can park my car outside my house and not worry if it will be there the next morning. That I can go to the ER and not worry that they will not have the medication to treat me. That I can go to the grocery store and not fear that they will not have the food supplies that I need to feed my family.
Yes - there are many things that the nation can improve on, but there are also many areas where the country does its citizens right. And for that, I am thankful!
Today I am thankful for all the answered prayers this week.
Life can really be overwhelming sometimes. The demands of the day to day can leave you feeling stressed and powerless. Hopeless, even. Conflicting priorities can also cause anxiety from the feeling that expectations of you are not being met. I had started to realize that I was suffering mentally - and probably physically too because I thought I had to handle it all on my own: they were my responsibilities, after all. But I discovered that I had so much peace when I gave it all to Jesus in prayer. He heard my heart's cry. He saw. the burdens that I was carrying. He saw my brokenness and my inadequacies. And He met me there in that mess and answered my cries.
Today I am thankful for the innovations and inventions that have made life a lot easier for us.
My sister arrived for a short impromptu visit last night! How wonderful it is that modern inventions can carry us from one location to another in such a short span of time. In the space of jus a few hours, she had travelled across the country to pop in and check on me. God knows, my mental health needed this!
I am thankful for the wisdom and intelligence that God has given humankind, for now we all enjoy such great inventions in transport. We are able to travel and explore God's world, meet new people and experience different cultures and way of life, thereby learning new things and getting new ideas from our interactions.
Sleep is beautiful!
Yet many of us take for granted what a gift it is!
Sleep-wise, I have been "running on empty" - which is no surprise, as this always happens when I am with either of my sisters, due to late nights and early mornings of catching up on life.....
But today I am thankful to God for giving us the gift of sleep. Sleeping rejuvenates our strength. and revives our energy.
Rest is beautiful.
Sleep. Rest. Reset and rejuvenated. Your body needs it!
Sometimes it takes a little rain to help you appreciate the sunshine.
It's all dark clouds and spotted periods of rain, and the grey-ness of the outside makes me just want to crawl back into bed and sleep. So today I am thankful for the sunshine; the light. I am thankful for the bright blue skies and the joy the sunshine brings to all around us. I am thankful that when I feel joyful, I am also more productive, more positive and more confident. And because I have joy, I am confident that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
I CAN DO HARD THINGS!
Today I am thankful to God for a sound mind!
I am thankful that God has given me the ability to make well-thought-out decisions (even though I don't always use that ability 😄 ). I am thankful for stability and consistency in my thinking, and my analysis of situations.
The bible defines a sound mind as having your thoughts shielded from the lies of the devil. During difficult times, the devil tries to grip our minds and fill it with his lies. But we know that we can hold steadfast to God's promises, for they are filled with goodness towards us.
Guard your mind - for it impacts your thoughts, behaviours and emotions. Having a sound mind helps you to adapt to the changes in your life and to cope with them.
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