Revive Our Hearts. For some reason --who knows why? -- I thought this would be an activity I could do while still keeping up with my regular Bible study in Colossians. I also wanted to write a few blog posts concerning how the challenge is working in my life.
I guess I tend to be a tad unrealistic in my expectations of what I can accomplish. A few days into the challenge, I still had not found time to work on it each day. I came to the realization that I would have to set Colossians aside for the month of November if I truly wanted to keep up with the Gratitude Challenge.
As a result, I'm a few days behind with it, and I hope I can do two days in one a couple of times so that I don't end up taking this into December -- where it will have the domino effect of derailing any Christmas or Advent study I might wish to do.
So, I'm going to share here my study and thoughts from one of the days in the Gratitude Challenge, and hope to do more as the days go on. For my first post on this topic, I chose Day 2, November 2, in which the theme was focusing on Christ as the Source of light, life, and all joy.
Interestingly, this day's challenge focused on the book of Colossians, so it fit in with what I was already learning in my personal Bible study. The emphasis of Day 2 was that as those who have a personal relationship with Christ, our faith and joy emanate only from Him -- and that He calls us to a life of faithful obedience and heartfelt gratitude.
We were instucted to read from Colossians 1:3 through Colossians 4:2, underlining or circling word of thanks. Then we were to meditate on these verses, praying them back to God and using them as a basis for giving thanks to Him.
I won't tell you what verses I found the references to thanks and thanksgiving in. You can do that for yourself! I found six of them.
Here is what I prayed as a result of this day's study:
"Lord, there is so much in these passages. Colossians is such a rich book! I am so thankful today for Your Word and its instruction.
"I do thank you today for my fellow believers. May I be faithful in keeping them and their spiritual growth before You in prayer. I am so thankful that You have made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. Truly, this is a work that only You could do.
"Help me, Lord, to be continually growing so that I will be rooted and built up in You and strongly established in my faith. I am so thankful for the fine Bible teaching I've been privileged to enjoy over the years.
"I pray that You will help me to continue in abounding thankfulness for all that You have given me.
"I am so very thankful for Your peace and I pray that I and my fellow believers will allow it to rule in our hearts. This is what You have called us to!
"I pray that You will help me, Lord, so that whatever I do in word or deed will be that which is done in the name of the Lord Jesus, that which will bring glory to Him. His sacrifice on my behalf is the only reason that I can do any of this, so I am everlasting thankful to Him. Help me to live my life as You'd have me to, as a thank-offering to You.
"Help me to continue in prayer, watchful for all that You are doing in my life and being constantly in the attitude of thanksgiving.
"I praise You for all that You have done in my life, and for Your continued working in my life. Thank You, Lord! In Jesus' name, Amen."
Another thing I've been doing for the month of November is a simple daily post on Instagram thanking God for a blessing that He brings to mind each day. I'm pleased to say I've been keeping up with that much, at least!
I also wanted to note that the lovely graphic at the top of the post is from Baptist Bible Hour.