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Monday, March 26, 2012

First, give thanks....



First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.
Romans 1:8 (ESV)

Quick! When you wake up in the morning, what do you do first? Do you:
a)    groan because another day is upon you,
b)    jump up, cursing the alarm,
c)     stretch to see what hurts,
d)    smile at the thought and promise of another day, or
e)     give thanks?
No judgments, I’ve been guilty of a through d at some point, and oh, let’s be honest, so have you.  Here’s a challenge, it’s time for a reset.  If you haven’t already, let’s make an effort to start by giving thanks.


When I am down, I challenge myself to a round of thankfulness.  Some days it’s harder than others, e.g., thank God I opened my eyes (and can see); thank God I can get out of bed; thank God everything doesn’t hurt….sometimes it’s really just a matter of saying “Whew, it could be worse!” Believe it or not, that’s a prayer. 

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I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reading about prayer, lately.  Iyanla Vanzant, in her book Every Day I Pray writes the following, "Every thought you think is a prayer. Every word you speak is a prayer. Every act in which you engage is a prayer, because the Spirit of God lives in you."  If that's the case, not only should we start in thankfulness, we should stay there.  

How might you live differently if you were intentional about EVERY word and EVERY action? I am allowing that we all do our very best, but what about doing more?

Beginning tomorrow, upon awakening, breathe in your first prayer.  Stretch an offering of gratitude to the Universe as you shake off slumber.   Can you imagine how this simple change might inform your day? According to Every Day I Pray, a life of active prayer might allow us to “anchor the presence of peace, joy, balance, harmony, and God on the planet.” There is nothing more to say, except “go greet the day in prayer.”  Articulating your gratitude, and knowing He is there to listen, is just another reason to declare that God is Good.
 

7 comments:

  1. When I wake up I turn and look at the window, and even though the curtain is closed I can already see it's a beautiful day. I thank the Universe for giving me another day, then I go back to sleep haha! :)

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    1. you rascal, you! that means you have to start ALL over again, ha, ha, ha.
      prayer and hugs....

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  2. First, thank you. :)

    Second, this was beautiful. We often wake up throughout the night and find ourselves giving thanks, but you make a wonderful point, that final "wake up" when we draw ourselves out of bed, are our feet hitting the floor with thanks or cringing with the workload ahead? Hmmmm... This gives me something to think about, and we're thankful for that.

    Happy seeing beautiful!

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    1. Lydia, you, who gives so much to so many, are entirely welcome. Giving you something to think about? Further evidence that God is good....

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  3. Greet the day in prayer. I do sometimes, but I certainly will be more intentional about it. I hadn't really considered that every thought is a prayer. Thanks for this perspective and for sharing at No Ordinary Blog Hop!

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    1. Kim, thanks. I always find something on your page to inspire me, including an invitation to NOBH.
      Peace and good to you.

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  4. "In everything give thanks." This is a life changing scripture when lived out! So foundational. I came to you via Write It Girl. Blessings!

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