Thank You, Lord

January 13, 2014

Today’s Reflection

SOMETIMES, BECAUSE WE ARE NOT THANKFUL, we become sorry for ourselves and feel neglected. It is in being thankful that we see how truly rich we are.

I have a friend who works with the deaf. Her work is very demanding and exhausting. Some days she begins to feel tired and depressed. But she is a woman of prayer.

“Whenever I begin to feel depressed,” she told me, “I think of something for which I am happy, and I say, ‘Thank you, Lord.’ Then I think of something else for which I am happy. Again I say, ‘Thank you, Lord.’ Then I think of something else, and say it again.

“Before I know it, I’ve completely forgotten about being depressed, and my whole day is bright again!”

- John Killinger
Beginning Prayer

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Today’s Question

End your prayer time with a prayer of thanksgiving. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The LORD called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.
Isaiah 49:1, NRSV

This Week: pray for mentors. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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This week we remember:   Macrina the Elder (January 14).

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robert moeller January 13, 2014 at 2:51 am

So much to be thankful for over the last few days, water supply restored, new tenants on the way, my car stayed on the road after hitting some black ice, a safe trip to a funeral, able to see my family, attend church, help my son. Thank You Lord!

While there were many people who in some way helped me on my faith journey, one in particular made a huge difference in my life. In a one 0n one mentoring my faith was strengthened, encouraged, supported, and broadened. While it happened 15 years ago I am still influenced by it today. Mentors can and do make huge changes and I am very thankful for that time.

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Jill January 13, 2014 at 3:23 am

Father – I thank You for this community. April – thank you for your words yesterday…your prayers are needed – I appreciate them.

Father – indeed – so much to be thankful for. Blessings overflow, Your love fulfills.

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Betsy January 13, 2014 at 5:58 am

Thank you, April, for your kind words yesterday. Teaching is a calling, a demanding, but wonderful way to make a difference. The neat thing is that we get back so much more than we give! I pray this morning for our younger students who come to us with so many uncertainties in their home life; divorce, poverty, neglect and many more problems. Show me the way to best minister to their needs, Lord.

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Jay January 13, 2014 at 8:29 am

Father, I have so much to be thankful for and I know that it all is from you. Help me to be the best parent I can. The teenage years are bringing new challenges and I want to lead in a Christian manner. I ask that you guide me along this path. Amen

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