November is coming to an end, and so is my GRATITUDE GIVEAWAY! It has been wonderful to have you join me this month to learn about gratitude and get chances to win fabulous gifts. You have one more week to win my last giveaways, so please make sure you enter as many times as you can.
GRATITUDE GIVEAWAY WINNER
Last week, I had two fabulous giveaways: A daily calendar entitled “Streams in the Desert” and a gratitude journal to help you to record your thankfulness. I hope that using both of these resources will help keep you focused and grateful for God’s daily strength.
I am excited to announce the winner who will receive these gifts is:
NURTURING AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
Each Mindful Monday of this month we have focused on three simple things:
GROWTH: For what should we be grateful? How do we grow in gratitude?
GUIDANCE: Where do we turn for guidance on how to nurture an attitude of gratitude?
GIFT: What can I give you that will help you in your journey toward greater gratitude?
GRATEFUL FOR GOD’S PRESENCE
Although many people would describe God’s presence as a “feeling,” it goes much deeper than that. We can experience the nearness of God in a variety of ways throughout different seasons of our lives. For some of us, it is being awestruck by the beauty we see in nature that makes us feel close to God. For others, it is the words of a song or scripture verse that pierce straight through our souls. And almost all of us have experienced that aching longing for something more, something better which is also an indicator that we have all have a God-shaped hole in our hearts that only he can fill.
But unanswered prayer, unexplained loss, physical suffering, or a betrayal by someone close to us can cause us to think that God has forgotten or left us. Other times, the busyness of our daily lives leaves little time for us to draw near to God. What then? The question we are left asking is: Is God’s presence still there even when we don’t feel it?
Hebrews 13:5 promises that God will never leave us or forsake us, so when we don’t feel God near we can be confident that He has not moved…we have. And that is okay. There are ways we can re-engage and sense God’s presence if we are deliberate and intentional. Being grateful for God’s presence requires some action on our part, so try some of these things to draw near to God this week and thank him for always being there!
- Talk a walk alone and marvel at the beauty of his creation.
- Listen to a worship song and sing the lyrics back to God.
- Say his name throughout the day in short prayers: “Thank you, Jesus.”
- Write scripture verses on index cards and say read them out loud (memorize if you can!).
- Post tangible reminders around your living and workspace (check out the giveaways for some ideas!).