One of the quickest ways to get yourself out of a “funk” is to begin to give thanks to the Lord for what He’s done. It happened for me just the other day.
I was just going along, minding my own business in my own home, when all of a sudden the familiar interruption of condemnation, guilt, fear, and anxiety started to knock on the door of my heart. It took me a few moments to realize it, but the feelings weren’t even at all logical. (The enemy doesn’t need to be logical. All he needs is to somehow convince us to believe the lie.)
After about ten minutes of these unpleasant visitors, I began just to thank God for all the real things He had done in my life and was doing. There were other people around, and they didn’t even know I was having my own praise service. Within my own heart, ever so quietly, I was giving Him thanks. Turning my attention to His reality.
When we give thanks to God, we see His reality more clearly. The Bible says that we magnify Him with thanksgiving. Think about a magnifying glass and what it does. We see Him for Who He is when we give thanks! He is a good Father, and He cares for you.
“I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 69:30 NKJV
This week, we will praise Him by giving Him thanks. It is amazing how it will make you feel when you do it. Get specific, too. Every good thing in your life comes from Him!
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” Psalm 118:29 NLT
Week Four Challenges:
Challenge #1: Just thank Him! Thank Him for what you already see and things you might not see yet. Thank Him for what He has given and what He will give. Thank Him for what He has done and what He will do. Thank Him for what He has promised you, for in Him it has already been accomplished.
If you can set aside some time alone for communing with the Lord, then great. If you have small children and it just never happens, just thank Him in the midst of the beautiful chaos that is your life!
Challenge #2 (for moms with kids): Have a thank-you circle with your kids. All you need is an item to throw or pass around, like a “thank you bear” (or ball or Barbie or… you get the idea). Take turns holding the thank-you bear, either by passing it or throwing it. Whoever has the thank-you bear tells God “Thank You” for something. You can do this activity with one child or ten! Keep it going as long as you want. You can do it before a meal time, before bed time, or anytime you want to during the day.
Week Four Activation Prayer:
God I thank you for giving us thankful hearts. We thank you for all that you’ve done in our lives! We thank you for all that You are doing and all that You will do. You are amazing! You are so good and Your love toward us is everlasting. It touches every area of our lives with goodness and mercy. Thank you God for what you’ve promised.