4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
This is one of my go to verses when I'm worried or hurting. It's not easy I'll tell you that. I know right now there are some hurting people out there and believe me I'm no stranger to pain either. Trust me. So I'm writing this today and tomorrow to help you. And I'm dead serious about this.
I mention this before years ago and I'm not sure if anyone is doing this right now or not. I made a promise to God - maybe twenty years ago - that I would write a note to Him and tell him five things I was grateful for - each and every day. I call it my grateful journal. For some reason it has stuck with me and I do it faithfully. I'm not sure exactly why I started that, why I promised Him that, or why I'm still doing it - except that is is a gift from God Himself. Thank you God for it changed me.
I also made a promise with Him when I was about 15 years old. That every thought in my head would be like a prayer - a conversation with Him. I still do that - but to be honest - there at times I do fail. I let my mind run a muck and to tell you the truth not some so good thoughts go through my mind! But when I fall off the wagon - eventually I get back on - even if it takes awhile.
These two things changed my life. I'm not the Chatty I was 20 to 40 years ago. If you knew all I've been through - where I started - I dare say you'd be shocked at what my life was before and what it is now.
No more about me - I want to help you. I promise you if you do the grateful list to God and keep it up with it - I know it will change your life - for the better, but you do have to stay with it for awhile.
Part Two Tomorrow.
NOW WHO WON THE CONTEST?
I wrote all the names - three times on paper. Cut them up to the exact same size. Folded them all in half. Put them in a bowl. Shook them up. My hubs held them high while my grandson picked at 8pm.
Okay he has picked one and who was it??????????
Lisa from From Two Bears Farm! Congrats Lisa. I will send them your email and I'll send you theirs. I wish I had a few more to give everyone! Sorry if you did not win. Remember if you want anything from their site you still get a 10% discount off this month of October.
A Little humor . . .
Thought for the day: