Did you know that thankfulness can reduce your anxiety level?
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (italics mine)
Did you catch that connection? It was years of reading that verse before I caught it!
In other words, peace comes as we bring our needs and requests to the Lord with an attitude of thankfulness for what he’s done, and what he WILL do. Hmmm…how many times have I come to him with a whiney, “fix this please, Lord” attitude? Ouch.
This week, my cousin posted this on Facebook: “What if tomorrow you only woke up with the things you thanked God for the night before?” Makes you think, doesn’t it? It did for me anyway!
Ok, with all that as an introduction, here is my thankful list for today:
*A patient God who loves me, even at my whiniest
*My goofy husband who can get his girls laughing so hard they can’t breathe
*Good re-connecting talks with my “little” brother on the phone
*The family and friends who are praying for discernment and direction for my husband
*Freezer space for meals I will be making ahead and freezing–and thank you Light, Liberty, and Learning for great information!
*Extremely overripe bananas that make excellent banana bread
*A family who loves eating my baking ventures
*The example of courage in my youngest
*On-line Bible study groups with good friends
*Annie’s Bunny Grahams (Honey)
*Boots at half price for next winter
And now here’s my picture example of being thankful instead of complaining:
This, believe it or not, is not a desk, it is our bed. It is currently being USED as a desk however, by my husband. Now, I could complain about it, and get all upset about the takeover of my serene bedroom and whine about the lack of office space in our home, OR I could thank the Lord that my husband’s work with the Army Reserves is providing us with some income and that I get to spend more time with him while he works from home.
What are you thankful for today?