Day Ten

Psalm 139:1-24

1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me! 

2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

you discern my thoughts from afar. 

3 You search out my path and my lying down

and are acquainted with all my ways. 

4 Even before a word is on my tongue,

behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. 

5 You hem me in, behind and before,

and lay your hand upon me. 

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

it is high; I cannot attain it. 

7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?

Or where shall I flee from your presence? 

8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!

If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! 

9 If I take the wings of the morning

and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 

10 even there your hand shall lead me,

and your right hand shall hold me. 

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,

and the light about me be night,” 

12 even the darkness is not dark to you;

the night is bright as the day,

for darkness is as light with you. 

13 For you formed my inward parts;

you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 

14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;

my soul knows it very well. 

15 My frame was not hidden from you,

when I was being made in secret,

intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 

16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;

in your book were written, every one of them,

the days that were formed for me,

when as yet there was none of them. 

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!

How vast is the sum of them! 

18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.

I awake, and I am still with you. 

19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!

O men of blood, depart from me! 

20 They speak against you with malicious intent;

your enemies take your name in vain. 

21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?

And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? 

22 I hate them with complete hatred;

I count them my enemies. 

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!

Try me and know my thoughts! 

24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,

and lead me in the way everlasting!

The perfect Psalm to end on. Don’t you just love these verses? The intimacy. The love. All the things we desire. All the things we search for. And here they are freely given to us not because of who we are, but because of who He is. He doesn’t just know us based on what we share, He knows the very depths of who we are because He created us. He knows our thoughts before we do. He knows it all. And yet, He still loves us so. Because I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have good thoughts and I am not always what I expect Him to love. Far from it most days, but nonetheless, He loves us anyways. He loves us in spite of. And y’all. That’s something to be grateful for. 

Oh Lord, thank you. Thank you for choosing to love me even after knowing me. Thank you for loving me when I don’t deserve it. Thank you for loving me when it’s hard to love myself. Thank you for understanding this prayer even though I am falling very short of the words that I want to say. Thank you for knowing my thoughts before they even come to my mind. Because maybe, somewhere along them you will be able to know just how grateful I am for your love even when I can’t form the words to tell you. Lord, thank you. Lord, help this not be a fleeting moment, but send your helper to me so that I may constantly be reminded of your love and I can be grateful everyday. Because you are so good Lord. Lord, thank you. Amen.


Day Nine

Psalm 136:1-26

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever. 

2 Give thanks to the God of gods,

for his steadfast love endures forever. 

3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

4 to him who alone does great wonders,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

5 to him who by understanding made the heavens,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

6 to him who spread out the earth above the waters,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

7 to him who made the great lights,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

8 the sun to rule over the day,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

9 the moon and stars to rule over the night,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

11 and brought Israel out from among them,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

13 to him who divided the Red Sea in two,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

15 but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

16 to him who led his people through the wilderness,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

17 to him who struck down great kings,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

18 and killed mighty kings,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

20 and Og, king of Bashan,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

21 and gave their land as a heritage,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

22 a heritage to Israel his servant,

for his steadfast love endures forever. 

23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

24 and rescued us from our foes,

for his steadfast love endures forever; 

25 he who gives food to all flesh,

for his steadfast love endures forever. 

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

And the list could go on and on and on. You’ll have to excuse me today. Usually, I can come up with the words, rather quickly. They just seem to fly out of my fingertips, but today, I’m just in complete awe at the Lord I serve. He did it all. Not only that, but He did it for us. He did it because He is truly in love with us. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around this. I’ve got a tiny understanding because I am a mom. I love my kids. And I do whatever I can for them out of that love. Despite how many mistakes they make or will make. Despite if they are grateful for what I do or not. Despite anything on their end. I do it because I love them and my love for them has no end. Compared to the love He has for us, this is just a fraction. If we ever needed a reminder, this Psalm is it. “For his steadfast love endures forever;” His love will never end. It will never run out. It will never be conditioned. Let that sink in for a minute. Because when you get that, when you understand what that means, it will change everything.    

Lord, thank you. Thank you for a love, an actual true love, that has no end. A love that is not dependent on me making the right choices. Thank you for loving me when I don’t deserve it. And even when I don’t want it. Thank you for loving me when I can’t even love myself. Lord, thank you. Amen. 

Today, take some time to really think about what this means. Write down in your gratitude journal what it means to you that God, the creator of Heaven and Earth and all things chooses to love you, just as you are. 

Day Eight

Psalm 118:1-29

1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

for his steadfast love endures forever! 

2 Let Israel say,

“His steadfast love endures forever.” 

3 Let the house of Aaron say,

“His steadfast love endures forever.” 

4 Let those who fear the Lord say,

“His steadfast love endures forever.” 

5 Out of my distress I called on the Lord;

the Lord answered me and set me free. 

6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.

What can man do to me? 

7 The Lord is on my side as my helper;

I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 

8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord

than to trust in man. 

9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord

than to trust in princes. 

10 All nations surrounded me;

in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 

11 They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;

in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 

12 They surrounded me like bees;

they went out like a fire among thorns;

in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 

13 I was pushed hard, so that I was falling,

but the Lord helped me. 

14 The Lord is my strength and my song;

he has become my salvation. 

15 Glad songs of salvation

are in the tents of the righteous:

“The right hand of the Lord does valiantly, 

16 the right hand of the Lord exalts,

the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!” 

17 I shall not die, but I shall live,

and recount the deeds of the Lord. 

18 The Lord has disciplined me severely,

but he has not given me over to death. 

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,

that I may enter through them

and give thanks to the Lord. 

20 This is the gate of the Lord;

the righteous shall enter through it. 

21 I thank you that you have answered me

and have become my salvation. 

22 The stone that the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone. 

23 This is the Lord’s doing;

it is marvelous in our eyes. 

24 This is the day that the Lord has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

25 Save us, we pray, O Lord!

O Lord, we pray, give us success! 

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

We bless you from the house of the Lord. 

27 The Lord is God,

and he has made his light to shine upon us.

Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,

up to the horns of the altar! 

28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;

you are my God; I will extol you. 

29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

for his steadfast love endures forever!

It really is true. Everything belongs to the Lord. All of it. Not only that, but there is not one thing I can do without Him. I think back to all the times I’ve trusted man over God. All the times that I have patiently (well, maybe not patiently) waited for someone to deliver me from whatever was going on in my life. I have called out to man instead of God more times than I can count. No wonder I prefaced this story with ‘all the times’ because man cannot do what God can. Because man cannot deliver ourselves from anything. Because none of this is ours. It’s His. He is the one we can call on. The one who will reach down to us and pull us out of whatever trouble we have found ourselves in. And even when we don’t call on Him, there He is with outstretched arms, calling out to us. Praise God, He reaches down to us. 

Lord, thank you. Thank you for knowing what I need before I do. Thank you for always being there despite my stubbornness to do it on my own or with the help of someone who isn’t qualified. Lord, thank you for wanting to help me. To find delight in helping me. Lord, come into my heart and help to remind me that you are the one I can call on, always.  No matter what the circumstance is, You are always there. 

Day Seven

Psalm 103:1-22

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and all that is within me,

bless his holy name! 

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits, 

3 who forgives all your iniquity,

who heals all your diseases, 

4 who redeems your life from the pit,

who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 

5 who satisfies you with good

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 

6 The Lord works righteousness

and justice for all who are oppressed. 

7 He made known his ways to Moses,

his acts to the people of Israel. 

8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 

9 He will not always chide,

nor will he keep his anger forever. 

10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,

nor repay us according to our iniquities. 

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 

12 as far as the east is from the west,

so far does he remove our transgressions from us. 

13 As a father shows compassion to his children,

so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. 

14 For he knows our frame;

he remembers that we are dust. 

15 As for man, his days are like grass;

he flourishes like a flower of the field; 

16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,

and its place knows it no more. 

17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,

and his righteousness to children’s children, 

18 to those who keep his covenant

and remember to do his commandments. 

19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,

and his kingdom rules over all. 

20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,

you mighty ones who do his word,

obeying the voice of his word! 

21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,

his ministers, who do his will! 

22 Bless the Lord, all his works,

in all places of his dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

I always try to find one particular verse that stands out to me and touches my heart in a way that the bothers just don’t. But I struggled today. Because these verses all hit me in a very powerful way. I love this Psalm because it is another reminder of just who He is and what He has done and what He is capable of. I’ve been known to place Him into a box. Something that I could understand. Something that would make sense to me. Something contained because when He’s not in the box He is big and I can have a hard time understanding who He is. But this Psalm reminds me that I can’t fit Him into a box, not really. Because He is that big. He is that complex. And no matter how hard I try to understand it all, I just won’t. Despite my best efforts, it’s not me who is in control. It’s Him. And I am grateful for the reminder today. 

Lord, thank you. Thank you for not being able to fit into a box. Thank you for this amazing reminder. Because you do so much and you are so much. And I don’t always get it or understand it, but that doesn’t change who you are. And thank goodness for that. Amen.

Day Six

Psalm 98:1-9

1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song,

for he has done marvelous things!

His right hand and his holy arm

have worked salvation for him. 

2 The Lord has made known his salvation;

he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. 

3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness

to the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen

the salvation of our God. 

4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;

break forth into joyous song and sing praises! 

5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,

with the lyre and the sound of melody! 

6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn

make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord! 

7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

the world and those who dwell in it! 

8 Let the rivers clap their hands;

let the hills sing for joy together 

9 before the Lord, for he comes

to judge the earth.

He will judge the world with righteousness,

and the peoples with equity.

Do you ever just thank God for all that He has done? I catch myself driving in the car or sitting at a familar place and I just look around and can’t help, but be overwhelmed by His goodness. His beauty that is displayed, even in this very broken world of ours, is breathtaking when you sit back and actually take it all in. Except that I don’t do that nearly enough. Not that it is a requirement of His. But I don’t. But despite what I may see or not see, He is still so very good. And I should be continually praising and glorifying Him because, well, just look, y’all. Where ever you are, just look. 

Lord, thank you. Thank you for all of this. No matter what our view is, thank you. Because it is good. And you are good. And your attention to detail is something to be thankful for. Lord, help me to be more grateful for your creations. For the views and things I take for granted. Because there is nothing familiar about any of it. Lord, change my heart and help me to see the beauty in all of it. And then help me to find and give thanks to you for even the smallest details. I pray these things in your name. Amen. 

Day Five

Psalm 66:1-20

1 Shout for joy to God, all the earth; 

2 sing the glory of his name;

give to him glorious praise! 

3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!

So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you. 

4 All the earth worships you

and sings praises to you;

they sing praises to your name.”  

5 Come and see what God has done:

he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man. 

6 He turned the sea into dry land;

they passed through the river on foot.

There did we rejoice in him, 

7 who rules by his might forever,

whose eyes keep watch on the nations—

let not the rebellious exalt themselves.  

8 Bless our God, O peoples;

let the sound of his praise be heard, 

9 who has kept our soul among the living

and has not let our feet slip. 

10 For you, O God, have tested us;

you have tried us as silver is tried. 

11 You brought us into the net;

you laid a crushing burden on our backs; 

12 you let men ride over our heads;

we went through fire and through water;

yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance. 

13 I will come into your house with burnt offerings;

I will perform my vows to you, 

14 that which my lips uttered

and my mouth promised when I was in trouble. 

15 I will offer to you burnt offerings of fattened animals,

with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;

I will make an offering of bulls and goats.  

16 Come and hear, all you who fear God,

and I will tell what he has done for my soul. 

17 I cried to him with my mouth,

and high praise was on my tongue. 

18 If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,

the Lord would not have listened. 

19 But truly God has listened;

he has attended to the voice of my prayer. 

20 Blessed be God,

because he has not rejected my prayer

or removed his steadfast love from me!

Have you really thought about all the things God has done for you? Like, really thought about it. I think about how lost I’ve been before. Struggling to find my way. Vulnerable to the enemy. And yet, He has always delivered me. Even when I had no idea what to pray or how to pray or even really believed that He would listen to somoene like me, He heard. I remember when He first laid it on my heart to start this blog. I was terrified. Afraid that I wouldn’t say the right things. Afraid of what others would say. But then He reminded me that this isn’t my story. It’s His. Come and see what God has done. Because He has done some pretty amazng things. And I haven’t begun to scratch the surface. 

Lord, thank you. Thank you for all the things you have done. Thank you for using me in your story. For giving me life and purpose. For seeing something in me that I can’t see in myself. Lord, thank you for finding me. And for loving me. And for never leaving my side. Amen.

Today, think about your own story. All the amazing, tiny details, that we sometimes overlook or forget. Write them down in your gratitude journal and spend sometime thanking Him for those details. Thank Him for the details that we might like to forget. The ones that hurt. Because even in the pain, He is good. 

Day Four

Psalm 40:1-17

1 I waited patiently for the Lord;

he inclined to me and heard my cry. 

2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction,

out of the miry bog,

and set my feet upon a rock,

making my steps secure. 

3 He put a new song in my mouth,

a song of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear,

and put their trust in the Lord. 

4 Blessed is the man who makes

the Lord his trust,

who does not turn to the proud,

to those who go astray after a lie! 

5 You have multiplied, O Lord my God,

your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;

none can compare with you!

I will proclaim and tell of them,

yet they are more than can be told. 

6 In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,

but you have given me an open ear.

Burnt offering and sin offering

you have not required.

8 I delight to do your will, O my God;

your law is within my heart.” 

9 I have told the glad news of deliverance

in the great congregation;

behold, I have not restrained my lips,

as you know, O Lord. 

10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;

I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;

I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness

from the great congregation. 

11 As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain

your mercy from me;

your steadfast love and your faithfulness will

ever preserve me! 

12 For evils have encompassed me

beyond number;

my iniquities have overtaken me,

and I cannot see;

they are more than the hairs of my head;

my heart fails me. 

13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me!

O Lord, make haste to help me! 

14 Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether

who seek to snatch away my life;

let those be turned back and brought to dishonor

who delight in my hurt! 

15 Let those be appalled because of their shame

who say to me, “Aha, Aha!” 

16 But may all who seek you

rejoice and be glad in you;

may those who love your salvation

say continually, “Great is the Lord!” 

17 As for me, I am poor and needy,

but the Lord takes thought for me.

You are my help and my deliverer;

do not delay, O my God!

I don’t know why, but sometimes, a lot of the times, maybe even most times, He is the last place I turn to for help, guidance, and even love. Maybe you relate? I am always trying to ‘fix’ things myself. Using my own resources. So I love this Psalm today because it reiterates the truth that I can turn to Him for anything. Not only that, but that He will listen to me and deliver me from whatever troubles I have. All I have to do is shift my focus on Him. Call out to Him. And place Him above everything else. Even myself. Because just as the psalmist says, “Great is the Lord!” As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. As I was reading this psalm, the first verse struck me. It’s one of my favorites. But the more I think about it, it’s not really me waiting patiently, most of the time. I think it’s Him waiting patiently for me to call out to Him. What an amazing God we serve that He desires us to call out to Him! 

Lord, thank you. Thank you for not only waiting patiently for me to call out to you, but for always being there when I do. Despite my circumstances. Lord, you are so good. Lord, help me to remember your goodness, especially during my hardships. And remind me that I am nothing without you. Lord, fill me with your Holy Spirit and help me come to you first. Lord, change my heart. Amen.

Day Three

Psalm 34:1-22

1 I will bless the Lord at all times;

his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 

2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;

let the humble hear and be glad. 

3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,

and let us exalt his name together! 

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me

and delivered me from all my fears. 

5 Those who look to him are radiant,

and their faces shall never be ashamed. 

6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him

and saved him out of all his troubles. 

7 The angel of the Lord encamps

around those who fear him, and delivers them. 

8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!

Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! 

9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,

for those who fear him have no lack! 

10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;

but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. 

11 Come, O children, listen to me;

I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 

12 What man is there who desires life

and loves many days, that he may see good? 

13 Keep your tongue from evil

and your lips from speaking deceit. 

14 Turn away from evil and do good;

seek peace and pursue it. 

15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous

and his ears toward their cry. 

16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,

to cut off the memory of them from the earth. 

17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears

and delivers them out of all their troubles. 

18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted

and saves the crushed in spirit. 

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,

but the Lord delivers him out of them all. 

20 He keeps all his bones;

not one of them is broken. 

21 Affliction will slay the wicked,

and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. 

22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;

none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Anyone else waste time worrying? This past week has been a personal struggle for me. As a single mom, although I’m pretty sure we all do it, money and bills are always on the forefront of my mind. I even blogged about it not too long ago. And then I read this and man, these words do something to me. Because, y’all, He’s got this. He’s got every last bit of whatever version of ‘this’ you have going on in life. Maybe, the key to understanding what this means exactly is spending less time worrying and more time being completely and utterly grateful for Him. Because according to these words, we don’t have to worry. And that alone is a blessing worth celebrating. 

Lord, I am completely overwhelmed by these words and your actions. Completely taken back by what you do for me. Lord, thank you. Thank you for allowing me not to worry about anything. Thank you for allowing me just to spend time loving and worshiping you. Lord, help me. Because this is not easy for me. Because I love the idea of not worrying, but Lord, I struggle. I struggle laying it at your feet. Lord, fill me with the Holy Spirit and help me to completely lean on you and to leave my worry at your feet. Lord, remind me that worrying is a choice. Help me to choose to spend my time in gratitude instead of worry. Lord, I pray these things in your name. Amen. 

This week write down 1 thing that you are worried about and then ask the Holy Spirit to help you give that thing to God. To completely lay it at His feet. To give you peace that surpasses all understanding. And to take that worry from you for good. 

Day Two

Psalm 19: 1-14

1 The heavens declare the glory of God,

and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 

2 Day to day pours out speech,

and night to night reveals knowledge. 

3 There is no speech, nor are there words,

whose voice is not heard. 

4 Their voice goes out through all the earth,

and their words to the end of the world.

In them he has set a tent for the sun, 

5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,

and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy. 

6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens,

and its circuit to the end of them,

and there is nothing hidden from its heat. 

7 The law of the Lord is perfect,

reviving the soul;

the testimony of the Lord is sure,

making wise the simple; 

8 the precepts of the Lord are right,

rejoicing the heart;

the commandment of the Lord is pure,

enlightening the eyes; 

9 the fear of the Lord is clean,

enduring forever;

the rules of the Lord are true,

and righteous altogether. 

10 More to be desired are they than gold,

even much fine gold;

sweeter also than honey

and drippings of the honeycomb. 

11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;

in keeping them there is great reward. 

12 Who can discern his errors?

Declare me innocent from hidden faults. 

13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;

let them not have dominion over me!

Then I shall be blameless,

and innocent of great transgression. 

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

be acceptable in your sight,

O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

I remember coming home two years ago to visit and driving the same roads I had driven for years, but there was something about these roads now. I could see the beauty in them. The things I had taken for granted for years. I paid attention to all the details. Every last one of them. And I remember just being in awe at His creation. The way He placed the mountains perfectly in the background as I came over the hill heading towards my parents’ house. This is the same God who loves to talk to us. Who loves to be in relationship with us. Who loves to love us. The one who made the perfect Carolina mountain landscape sees something in me worth wanting. I’ve spent enough time questioning that very idea. Asking Him ‘why’ more times than I can count. But I haven’t spent nearly enough time just thanking Him. Because it isn’t just about the view on the drive, it’s about all the details that He has tended to when it comes to me. It’s about the lost cries only He has heard at night when I’m alone and it’s just too much to bear. It’s about the moments in between the big things. The things we remember the most. Because the same God who created this gorgeous world we take for granted everyday, also listens to His children when we cry out to Him. And even when we don’t even realize we’re doing it. 

Lord, thank you. Thank you for always listening. For always providing. For taking the time on someone like me. Even when I’m most undeserving and when I overlook your thoughtfulness and love. When I take it all for granted. Thank you, Lord for always being my constant. And for loving me in a way I don’t even realize I need. Lord, you are so good. Thank you for paying attention to the details. In your name we pray. Amen.

Day One

Psalm 100

1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! 

2 Serve the Lord with gladness!

Come into his presence with singing! 

3 Know that the Lord, he is God!

It is he who made us, and we are his;

we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,

and his courts with praise!

Give thanks to him; bless his name! 

5 For the Lord is good;

his steadfast love endures forever,

and his faithfulness to all generations.

Earlier this year, I started my own ‘gratitude’ journal. A place where I can just write down all of the things I am grateful for. Because so often, I can find myself focusing on the things I don’t have. Diving head first into comparison. And it isn’t pretty. Maybe you’ve been there too. Maybe you’re there right now. But then I read these verses. Y’all, we are His. Do you know what that means?! We are simply His. I don’t care what the rest of my life looks like, this is enough to be grateful for on its own. Because He is so good. And despite how ungrateful or how undeserving we are, none of that matters because His faithful love endures forever. And that, my friends, is something to be thankful for. Despite what the rest of our circumstances may look like. 

Lord, thank you. Thank you for choosing me. Lord, you are great and you are good. And I am sorry that I can sometimes forget that when I get too busy comparing myself to others. Lord, change my heart. Help me to spend more time in gratitude. Help me to always be thankful. I pray these things in your name. Amen.

Today why not start your own gratitude journal. Or if you have one already why not open it up and write some things down. Set aside some time everyday to write down just 3 things you’re thankful for. Struggling to find something to be thankful for? Ask the Holy Spirit to come and guide you. You’d be surprised at what that simple act can do.