Welcome to the Giving Thanks for the Ordinary Challenge!
I am joining Women Living Well, this year in this fun challenge. Why don’t you join me too?
In November in America, they celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving, so it is fitting that we apply 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 in our homes this month. It says:
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances;for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
I believe we will be greatly blessed by living this out in our homes. Let’s do this together!
This month, I want to keep our candles going and each time we see the flicker of the candle, give thanks to God for something ordinary. I’m not talking about the big things like our home, family and jobs (which I am deeply grateful for!) but the ordinary things we take for granted – without ever giving a prayer of thanks.
- The candle we just lit
- Our pillows
- Our toothbrushes
- The refrigerator
- Socks and underwear
- Clean water
These are things that we easily take for granted, but they are good and generous gifts from God.
As we carry in our groceries, let’s remember to thank God for the mustard and ketchup, the vegetables and meat, and the toilet paper and tissues.
Let’s give thanks to God for the warm sweaters and coats that hang in the closet.
Let’s give thanks to God for books and teachers and libraries and post offices.
Let’s give thanks to God for our computers, cell phones, iPads and social media.
Let’s give thanks to God for love and joy and hope and faith.
Let’s show our family how grateful we are for the things God has given us and teach our children how to give thanks as well.
Let’s get our families involved by inviting them to say a prayer of thanks when they pass by the candle each day too!
Give Thanks for the Ordinary
Just look around in the room where you are sitting right now. I am positive there are 10 ordinary things we could easily give thanks to God for – right this minute – but we haven’t done it. Now’s the time!
It’s time to take our focus off of the things that are bothering us and focus on what we are thankful for.
Sometimes it’s very hard to give thanks.
But 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says to give thanks…in ALL circumstances.
Take This Week’s Challenge:
Buy an extra large candle and light a candle everyday in your home. Each time the candle catches your eye, give thanks to God for an ordinary thing in your life. Encourage those who live in your home to join you.
Are you in?
Let’s begin now – list 5 ordinary things you are thankful for in the comment section below.