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Day 1 Prayer: Giving Thanks for what God has done.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to give thanks in all circumstances. Although scripture instructs us to live with thankful hearts, some times of the year tend to turn our minds more than usual toward thanksgiving. For me, the start of a new year is such a time.


I enjoy looking over the previous year, recalling what God has done that I'm thankful for - kind of like how Joshua had 12 men take stones from the middle of the dried-up Jordan riverbed to create a memorial to what God had done in getting them into the Promised Land (Joshua 4).


So, here are a few of my "stones of remembrance" for 2017 - things God has done or experiences he has given me that I'm thankful for:

  • The ability to work from home (losing the 4-hour a day commute that I had when I was living in the Chicago area)
  • Weekly time with my parents, watching Turning Point and beginning our spiritual lives together
  • The National Quartet Convention in September, full of music honoring God and encouraging us.
  • The annual Write-to-Publish conference, learning more about writing, making good contacts, and spending time praying about God's direction for my writing
  • Time with my best friend Mike, mutually encouraging each other and sharing what God is doing in our lives
  • Significant improvement in my wife's health, thanks to a doctor God led us to


I'm sure I'm forgetting many things - but wanted to acknowledge publicly some of the blessings from God that I'm thankful for over 2017.


How about you? Has God brought an unexpected blessing? Brought you through a difficult situation? Revealed himself to you in new ways? What are you thankful for in 2017?

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Comment by Malva Birch on January 4, 2018 at 7:45am

Andrew, praising God with you for all He has done!

Thank You Lord God, in Jesus' beautiful Name, for all Your love and kindness and patience. 

Keep writing, Andrew!

Comment by Pray.Network Curator/Coordinator on January 1, 2018 at 5:32pm

Looking forward to your future posts!


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