Thanks

Today’s devotional at the Lutheran Hour Ministries talks about Thanks.  Give it a listen and ask yourself whether you can say a similar pray today.

Another suggestion is to count our blessings.  I receive daily Insights e-mail from Chuck Swindoll at Insight for Living.  Here is excerpt on how one can do it.

Sometimes when you don’t feel like praying, or you’re consumed with needing to speak to the Lord but can’t gather the words, try that old standby—count your many blessings, count them one by one.

lt’s amazing how you can get carried away from worries and woes and self concern when you start naming out loud what you’re thankful for. Right away your focus shifts from your needs to the Father’s graciousness and love. Try this:

LOOK UP . . . thank You, Lord . . .

{ what are you thankful for that the Lord has done in the world }

LOOK AROUND . . . thank You, Lord . . .

{ what are you thankful for that the Lord has done around you }

LOOK WITHIN . . . thank You, Lord . . .

{ what are you thankful for that the Lord has done for you }

If you can’t pray, make a personalized list of blessings.

I like the closing statement, because you could count your blessings by first looking within, then looking around, and finally looking up.  Once you completed this exercise, you wonder why did not I start here first.

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