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    Make a Thankfulness List!

    It’s not always easy to be thankful. Sometimes it’s just hard to think of things that we’re thankful for even though the Bible says that we’re supposed to be thankful in every circumstance. It can feel difficult when our circumstances seem overwhelming or hopeless. Here is something to make thankfulness a little easier: develop a thankfulness list!

    Get a piece of paper and keep it somewhere  you can see it all the time and have easy access to it for adding things. A good place would be to hang it on your dream board!

    Every day add one or two things to the paper – things that make you happy and that you’re thankful for. They don’t have to be in any order. It’s really easy!

    As an example, I’ll tell you a few of the things on my list.

    My Thankfulness List

    1. My husband
    2. Parents who encourage me to follow my dreams
    3. Sisters that I have fun with
    4. My cats!
    5. Hot showers
    6. Chocolate
    7. Orchids and roses
    8. God’s purpose for my life
    9. That I am forgiven
    10. Computers

    List anything that you’re thankful for and every day say a prayer thanking God for a few of the things on your list.

    1 Thessalonians 5:18 – Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

    Hey girls it’s Nicole- I’ll share with you my thankfulness list now!

    1. My kind and loving family, friends and boyfriend that are there for me always, and that they share the love for God as I do!

    2. My strong spirit and motivation to witness to many other people!

    3. The hard experiences and trials I’ve gone through that shaped me into the person I am today.

    4. My kind heart and willingness to serve the Lord

    5. My sense of humor 😉

    6. my health!

    7. the miracles and spiritual intervention in my life which revealed the power of God.

    8. My cute kitty sparkles!

    9. That Jesus died on the cross to forgive my sins and promise me eternal life!

    10. My love for people and inspiring them to see God’s truth!

    What are you thankful for? write it down!

    “I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.” psalm 57:2

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    17 COMMENTS

    1. The most recent thing I’ve been extremely thankful for was how I kept meeting this one girl at my youth group and a birthday party and it ends up that she, like me, goes to church alone and has a lack of spiritual support at home. I felt lonely and heartbroken that I couldn’t have my family to sit with and praise God like everyone else so I prayed to God that I would have more support and He blessed me with an amazing new friend!

    2. I can share some things that I’m thankful for:
      1.My beautiful, all-forgiving Lord Jesus
      2.My friends that help me to stay strong, and encourage me to stay with Jesus
      3.My precious kitties, who comfort me when I’m down
      4.My doctors, who don’t give up on me and reassure me that I’m ok

    3. I do something similair and make a list of all the things that make me happy. I guess it could be considered a thankfulness list because I’m thankful for all the things that make me happy.

    4. I write at least one thing that I’m thankful for every day in my journal. 🙂
      Most often….
      Jesus & the great sacrifice that He made for me.
      My life.
      Crohn’s disease, which I was diagnosed with at age 8 (ten years ago).
      My amazing parents.
      My education.
      My late best friend & all of the great times that I got to have with her.
      My brothers.
      The soldiers that have died so that I may be free & those that continue to put their lives on the line every single day for that same freedom. And to their families.
      Music.
      And, one of the most common things for me to write….
      I’m grateful for the trials and tribulations, the pain and suffering that we all must go through. Even though I may not be happy about it at the time. I always know that I’ll get through it and it only strengthens my belief in my Lord. 🙂

    5. I’m extremely thankful for the amazing gift of love. I’m also thankful for my friends and family. I may be poor, but I’m thankful to have a roof over my head. I’m thankful for this website, I feel closer to God now. I knew the truth, but this helps me overcome my weaknesses. Thank you.

    6. Alexa – That is so awesome! I am so excited that God has brought you an amazing new friend so that the two of you can encourage each other!

      As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27:17

    7. Rebecca – I was extremely touched that you wrote that you are thankful for the soldiers that fight and die for our freedom. My youngest sister and my brother-in-law serve in the military and it is always heartwarming to hear that people appreciate that sacrifice. Keep lifting up our military and their families in prayer!

      I’m going to be praying for your illness. I believe that because you have turned it into something to be thankful for, that the Lord has a plan to use it for His glory whether through healing or by helping others by sharing your story.

    8. Talking To God

      What is Prayer?

      Prayer is our half of a conversation with God. Like a “normal” conversation, there are no specific words to say. Still, Jesus revealed that there are certain areas that we should cover in a prayer. We discuss this on our “Relationships” page. If you have not yet read that page, you can do so by clicking this sentence. Jesus’ model prayer in Matthew chapter 6, verses 9-13 (Matthew 6:9-13) contains four parts:

      Praise of God
      Requests Made of God
      Asking for Forgiveness
      Requests to Keep Us from Temptation
      We are offering this page as an expanded guideline for those of us who would like a fuller explanation.

      We Get Help

      Before getting started, it is important to remember that the Bible makes it clear that the Holy Spirit helps us when we pray. This makes our sincere and respectful prayers sound just right to God (see Romans 8:26, 27).

      Putting it on Paper

      We use a written prayer list to keep focused. We also keep a piece of blank paper nearby. We do this in case we remember something unrelated to our prayer, so we can write the idea down and keep from worrying that we will forget it. This keeps us from being distracted from our prayers for more than a few seconds.

      Also, we all have days where their lives are so stressful that it is hard to concentrate. All we can think of is, “God, please help!” Remember, besides ourselves, we need to focus on God. For such times, having a physical prayer list will help us get started.

      The following “prayer list” is only a guideline, showing how a prayer following Jesus’ model prayer might appear when written out in some detail. The words in quotation marks show some sample phrases. These are not special words. Do not feel that you have to use them. Instead, speak the way you do normally. Also, you do not need to use the whole list. Of course, you will want to personalize this prayer list by using specific people’s names or referring to yourself when appropriate.

      The Prayer List

      Praise of God

      “Thank you for adopting us through Jesus Christ, letting us have redemption through his blood, and the forgiveness of our sins” (see Ephesians 1:5,7).

      “Help us rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus” (see 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

      Requests Made of God

      Spiritual Direction

      Here we pray for ourselves and family, asking for the wisdom through the Holy Spirit to know things as they really are and understanding that leads us to right action (see Ephesians 1:15-18). We ask God to strengthen our faith and belief, help us be good role models, and spread His word with effectiveness.

      Here we also pray for Christian churches, the media (radio, TV, publishers), government, educational institutions, and other authorities (as in 1 Timothy 2:1-4). The idea is that we thank God that they are as good as they are (and not worse), and ask that He works things so that they accomplish His will (see Romans 8:28). We pray for the salvation of the people in these organizations so that all of us may live peaceful, quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. “Help all of us to be Your people, and see our land healed” (see 2 Chronicles 7:14).

      Physical

      “Thanks for the health we have and the healing we have received. Please give us healing in the areas we need, and the health and rest to carry on.”

      Financial

      “Thanks for what we have and help us provide for our families” (1 Timothy 5:8). “Be with us and help us as we prepare ourselves mentally and physically for our work” (Proverbs 21:31). “Please give us wisdom and help us make wise decisions, use our time wisely. . . .”

      Daily

      At this point, pray about specific goals and events for today, asking God’s help to follow and accomplish His will.

      Asking for Forgiveness

      “Forgive us and remove the burden of our mistakes. Help us forgive people when they sin against us” (see Matthew 6:14, 15).

      Requests to Keep Us from Temptation

      “Thank you for protecting us from Satan. Bind (tie up) the strong man (Satan) so that we can live as Christians, accomplishing what we need to without hindrance” (see Matthew 12:29).

      “Put a hedge of protection around us and our household and everything we have” (see Job 1:10).

      Your Prayer List Will Change

      Over time, your prayer list will change to reflect your relationship with God. That is expected. A prayer list is only an aid to help you communicate effectively to God each day.

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      All information contained in Clarifying Christianity is a resource for questions dealing with Christian issues. It is not to be taken as Christian counseling. Seek a qualified Christian counselor for help with all such issues. If you choose to work with a Christian counselor, it is your responsibility to ask pertinent questions before you begin, to assure yourself of their qualities and abilities.

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