Thank God for Everything

When asked about prayer, Christian singer and songwriter, Patrick Mayberry said, “Keeping prayer in my daily life is tricky. I have four kids, a wife; I travel. I am the worst at being that guy who wakes up at six and just opens up a Bible, has a perfect cup of coffee and just sits there. That’s never been me.”

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

– 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV

Patrick continued, “I find that in times of rest, it’s just pulling away and finding times to just recenter. Gratitude has been a huge thing – like starting off with like just thanking God for my watch; thanking God for the lunch that I had. Just starting small and then all of a sudden, God, thank you for my wife, who loves me and holds our family down while I’m traveling, and that they believe in the mission that you’ve called me into.”

Gratitude can be a simple, yet profound starting point for connecting with God. It’s about recognizing the everyday blessings, from the people in your life, to the phone in your pocket to the food on your table and seeing them as gifts from God.

God sees you, loves you and delights in your thankfulness.

Patrick said, it’s “finding those moments in my daily life, being really intentional about rest and knowing when to pull away. Jesus was the greatest minister of all time. All throughout His ministry, He pulled away to be with the Father.”

You might find it challenging to maintain a consistent prayer life, especially amid the demands of family, work and daily responsibilities. You might not be the person who wakes up at six in the morning with a perfect cup of coffee and an open Bible. And that’s okay.

As you cultivate this practice of gratitude, you’ll find yourself more connected to God, more aware of His presence in your daily life and more aligned with His will. God sees you, loves you and delights in your thankfulness. Let it be a catalyst for a deeper relationship with Him, a relationship that grows and flourishes in the everyday moments of life.

Today’s One Thing

Today, take a moment to pause and reflect on the small things you’re grateful for. Write them down in a journal or on a piece of paper. Start with something simple, like a favorite meal or a cherished possession. Then, allow your gratitude to snowball, as Patrick described, into deeper appreciation for the people and purpose in your life.

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