“They are to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at evening.” 1 Chronicles 23:30

"I still don't have any money saved." "I'm tired of being alone." “This pain is endless.” For some, these kinds of thoughts bubble over at this time of year.

The Christmas season is over and New Year resolutions may be well on their way out the window. We feel the long winter chill and may not see the fresh hope of spring. People begin to shift into sadness and even despair without a healthy perspective.

While it's important to remain realistic about your situation, we must not acknowledge our stresses without remembering what we are spared from. Remember today what you do have as well as what you don’t. Here are some examples: "I'm so glad I have a home and that I don't have to live on the streets. I'm so glad I don't have to live without God’s love, I am so thankful I don't have _________ (fill in the blank).

When you pause to think of these things, it causes you to stop feeling unfortunate and reminds you to show compassion to those who are carrying an even harder load. God wants us to pause and thank Him for what we have every morning and every evening, knowing that it will keep us hopeful, praising Him and remaining full of joy, even in the tougher seasons.

What can you join me in thanking God for today?

Dear Heavenly Father, I am so thankful right now for what I do have as well as what I don't have today. Thank You for allowing me to avoid some major problems that others in this world do have, and I pray for them right now in their pain. I do have stresses today also. I lift them up to You. Thank You for promising to carry me through them. Amen. 

Take Action

Make a list of five negative things you don't have to deal with today. Then pray for those who are suffering from things on your list. Thank God specifically for anything you’ve been taking for granted.

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