So, we are to always be thankful.
Did you know there are over 50 references telling us to be thankful throughout the Bible? *This is just a quick guess-timate after a quick search* The one that always speaks to me is my “life verse” It’s my verse that every time I read it, it speaks to me. Every time I’m going through hard times, I turn to it, like a mantra. To me, it says everything there is about being a Christian. Colossians 3:12-15.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:12-15
I mean, look at it. God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved – he’s addressing you – put on all these good characteristics. Bear with each other and forgive as the Lord forgives – and how does the Lord forgive? Completely, wholly, forgiving everything – forgive others this way. And put on love – which binds all these things, because without love – what is the point? God is love, put on God, put on his love, live in it, combine all these things with that Godly love. And be at peace. The peace of Christ. The everlasting, eternal, supernatural peace. AND BE THANKFUL! This is like a superpower verse for me. It just revels in my soul. I just really needed to share that. I just love those verses ❤
So, here I’m focusing on the Be Thankful part, because here’s the deal. As we’ve stated before, I really started on this journey, not too long ago, and this Prayer Box, has been a big player. With everything we are supposed to give Thanks. Thanks be to God. Our good, good Father. The giver of everything. And, sometimes, it’s hard for us to realize what all he is doing in our lives, when we’re not really taking the time to stop and be thankful. This prayer box has helped me do that. I personally, just cut these little hearts out of notebook paper and put them in there. I write a word or two, for an answered prayer. Like, “healing this person” or “someone’s job”. It doesn’t have to be this whole elaborate story, it’s just a quick note, acknowledging, that I prayed for something, and God answered me. A feasible record of him answering my prayers. Sometimes, I kinda save them up, I know he’s answered a few, so I write down a bunch at once. Either way, find a way to acknowledge what God has done for you. Take the time to give him Thanks. I mean, think about this too, if you don’t truly appreciate what you get, then, why would he be inclined to give you more? I’m not saying that he won’t or that it’s truly how it works, but if you think about it, when people are appreciative of your gifts, don’t you get excited about giving them more? Don’t you want to shower them with more? I really think that it helps grow your relationship with Him. Knowing all he’s doing for you, you personally, in your life, today. Also, how cool is it to be able to show others what your God has done for you? I love it. When it starts to get full, I open it up and put them into a scrapbook, and I can still look back at all the wonderful things he’s done for me. I’m so blessed.
The above picture is my actual prayer box. This idea just came to me at one point. My sister had given me this shadow box at one point, and although I didn’t know at the time what it would turn into, I gladly accepted. Then, it just chilled around my house for some time while I tried to figure out what I was going to do with it. One day, it came to me. I found a bunch of scriptures I liked, and put it around the border. Scriptures: John 7:38; Romans 15:13; Ephesians 3: 16-17; Mark 11:24; 1 Corinthians 13:2; Hebrews 11:1; 2 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Corinthians 16:13; and 1 Corinthians 2:5. The image in the middle is pretty heart that I found, printed out, and traced onto the inner sheet. Then, I just free-handed the words, “Pray Big” into the center. Then, the key part of this prayer box, is that it has a tiny slot near the top right before the border where the beginning of the open space is – it’s cut through to the back, so I can slide my answered prayers in like a piggy bank. This is so when I want to add an answered prayer to the box, I don’t have to disassemble it. If you’re feeling crafty – go ahead and try to make one, it’s not terribly difficult. But, either way, I do challenge you to find a real, feasible way to Thank God for what he does for you, some way for you to really take the time to Thank Him, for being the really incredible good, good Father that he is.