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Day 38, Tuesday, November 14


Today’s thought is shared by Haley Wilson…

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”   (Philippians 4:6)

“I am having a hard time with my job, my health, and my family. Nothing seems to be going right for me.” These are thoughts I have had. A year ago, I was diagnosed with an incurable disease, but someone looked at me and said, “You have so many things to be thankful for.”

It is very easy to get caught up in your feelings and thoughts and let it impact your relationships with the people who are closest to you and God. It is very hard sometimes to remember to stop and be thankful. We are to pray for the things we need, and we forget to be thankful.

Wow! It takes a lot to stop in a very tough time in your life and find things to be thankful for. A year ago, I got a daily planner, and it is like a prayer journal to me. I write things that are weighing heavy on my heart that I have been praying for, but I also write a list of things I am thankful for with at least one more thing than the list of needs. It is so easy to have a checklist of things we need help with, but it is much harder to look and decide what to be thankful for. For example, if I write about 6 things that may be weighing heavy on my heart, I am sure to write at least 7 things I am thankful for. This keeps my perspective positive and thankful. It also lets me see all the blessings God is giving me even in a hardship.

Dear God, Thank you. Thank you for giving me too many blessings to count, even when Satan tries to only let me see the difficulties in my life. Help me to remember to be thankful to you and those around me for each blessing provided to me. You are in control and help me to not be anxious, but with prayer and supplication and thanksgiving develop my relationship with you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 



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