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July 24, 2018 Daily Devotion from Vernon UMC

Devotional at Vernon UMC

Being Thankful

24 JUL 2018

"...Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ..."
~ Ephesians 5:20

Gratitude never came easily to us men and women, and is a diminishing virtue in modern times. In our consumerist society, we tend to focus on what we lack, or on what other people have that we do not, whereas gratitude is the feeling of appreciation for what we already have. More than that, gratitude is the recognition that the good in our life can come from something that is outside us and outside our control, and that owes little or nothing to us.

By turning us outward, gratitude shifts our focus from what we lack or strive for to what we already have, opening our eyes to the bounty that is life, something to marvel at, revel in, and celebrate rather than forget, ignore, or take for granted as it flies us by. This much broader perspective frees us to live life, no longer for our narrow selves, but for life itself.

Lastly, if you are giving thanks for everything, you don't have time to be thinking about all your problems. A prayer journal is an excellent way to record your daily activities and prayer requests and then look back over time to see just how faithful God has been. It's best to date them and write out specific names of people or needs you are praying for, then after some time, you can look back and stand in awe of how God has been so good to you and it'll be completely natural "Giving thanks always and for everything to God."

Father, I thank You for mercy, for the hunger for righteousness, for forgiveness, for purity, for providing for my needs.

Lord, I thank You for prayer, that I can come before You and call You Father.
That I can cast my burdens on You.
Lord, I thank You for my heart, the treasure and light You placed in there -- the Holy Spirit.

Lord, help me to endeavor, to be thankful for everything.
Lord, it seems most of the time, what happens is about me.
Lord, I thank you that You gently remind me that the things are not about me, however, my life and what happens is more about You, Your will, and Your Kingdom.

In Jesus' Name,

Be encouraged and stay strong; be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Peace, Love & Joy

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