Give Thanks

From Women’s Ministries

A Thanksgiving book titled “Give Thanks – Powerful Prayers for Everyday Blessings.”  Even though we may have things so much easier now than when people lived in days gone by, human nature remains the same ~ we complain!  So, when you get the urge to complain about your daily life full of mundane tasks, I hope these Prayer thoughts will help turn it into gratitude.  Consider the following:

The Bathroom Scale Prayer – “The bathroom scale doesn’t lie Lord, you have blessed me abundantly and it shows.  I am grateful for these few extra pounds – especially when I consider that there are so many less fortunate than me that go hungry every day.  Show me how to provide for others as you have so generously provided for me.”

Or how about this one, a prayer over the never ending piles of laundry ~

“Father, sometimes the laundry seems never ending, but I am glad this means plenty of clean clothes for me and my family.  Thank you for blessing us with a convenient way of washing away the stains of the day and for providing us with clean hearts too.

I am always in a perpetual state of cleaning out our garage.  This thoughtful prayer helps me toss what really doesn’t matter in this life.

“Thank you Lord for all the memories these boxes hold.  As I sift through everything here, help me hang on to my fond memories and let go of the meaningless objects.  I am grateful that you have blessed me with such a full life and rich legacy of loved ones.”

In The Salvation Army ministry, Thanksgiving time signals for many of us long working days as we seek to help meet the needs of the less fortunate.  Reflecting on this prayer gives new insight in our reflection..

“Father it’s hard to work late, but I am thankful I have a job and work to do.  Thank you for an opportunity to work without interruptions and for helping me meet this deadline.”

Sometimes at this time of year we may be tempted or feel pressured to only thank God for the “big things in life” – things that in the worlds eyes, people would consider important.  But God wants our prayers of thanks for the everyday stuff, especially when the daily routines affect our attitudes.  You see,  God wants us to be thankful in everything, even the small and insignificant stuff we do every day.  The “everyday” stuff that our closest and dearest loved ones watch us do.  What better legacy could we leave them than a grateful  heart and attitude in living out the daily routines of life.

I Timothy 6:6 reads: (KJV)

“Godliness with contentment is great gain”

So ladies…  do you want an instant, non surgical face lift???  Charles Dickens said this:

“Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks”

~ Don’t we all want that, so then, let’s whisper a prayer of thanks for whatever we are doing today and in so doing we give Glory to our God.

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