Welcome to week three of our Thirty Days of Thanksgiving Challenge! Can you believe that we are half-way through November already? Last week we focused on ways to be grateful for our country. This week, we are getting more personal.
This Week’s Theme: Faith
Faith is a loaded topic, so I have several points of focus for you this week.
- For those of us who live in the Western world, the freedom to practice our faith openly is often taken for granted. However, the majority of the people in the world are not free to practice their beliefs as they see fit. So this week, I want to encourage you to really be aware of the freedom you have, and pray for those who don’t have that same freedom.
- For those of us who grew up in Faith-based homes, it can be easy to forget just how mind-blowing and incredible the foundations of our Faith are. The fact that Jesus, the Son of God, would willingly lay down His life for the very people who abused Him is amazing. The fact that when we accept Christ’s sacrifice, sinners like you and me are no longer seen as guilty, but are seen as perfect and righteous in the eyes of God is incredible. Because of Christ’s sacrifice, the gates of Heaven are opened for us. We have full access to God in all His glorious power. This week, take the time to stop and really think about what that means. I dare you to not be filled with the awe and wonder of God.
Verse of the Week
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness and delight;
Come before His presence with joyful singing.
Know and fully recognize with gratitude that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, not we ourselves [and we are His].
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, bless and praise His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy and lovingkindness are everlasting,
His faithfulness [endures] to all generations.
~ Psalm 100 (AMP)
I love this Psalm. It so beautifully describes a heart that is in love with God, and grateful for all His marvelous works. This week, I want to encourage you to really just bask in the presence of God. There is safety in His presence. Peace abounds in His presence. When we delight ourselves in Him, nothing else can touch us. And when we live in His presence, He does mighty things. God is our source, and He delights in blessing His children. He is a good, good father. Revel in that.
Prayer of the Week:
Father, thank you for how good you are to us. Thank you that you love us and pour down your blessings upon us. You are so faithful, God. So good, so loving, so merciful. You are perfect, and yet you love me, an imperfect human, and you long to be in relationship with me. Father, continue to work in my heart. Remove any piece of me that takes you for granted. May I continually be in awe of you. Thank you, Father, for filling me with your Spirit, and guiding me with your love.