Today marks the end of week 2 of the Open My Eyes Thanksgiving and Gratitude Scripture challenge. The purpose of this exercise (in my opinion) is to apply what is said in scripture about thanksgiving and gratitude to our daily lives. I will provide the scripture name and passage lines; but I encourage you to look it up yourself! My edition (King James) may not be palatable to some, so that’s one reason to look it up on your own. However, I think it’s more important to research these on your own so you can participate in this challenge and find profound takeaways in the Bible that resonate with you and your own life. Here we go!
Day 8: Philippians 4:10-12
Rejoice in everything good that God provides you. Learn from every situation that occurs in your life, and try to find the happiness within that situation. Be both grounded and ambitious, be full with knowledge but always want to learn more. The serenity prayer goes along with this scripture passage nicely. “Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” I found that this prayer keeps me grounded and logical and motivates me. Be thankful for everything that God gives you. There is something to be learned from every encounter in life and that there is happiness or a silver lining if you look for it. It’s important to be logical but also strive towards your dreams.
Day 9: Colossians 3:14-17
Let God guide you in your heart and mind. Appreciate the word of God. Spread the word of God through scripture and song. Remember to speak and act in a Christian manner and in God’s image. Especially during a time of such political turmoil and division throughout the nation, remember to treat everyone with respect and love. Be thankful that you have God to guide you; be thankful for meaningful scripture that can be shared. Be grateful that we have Jesus as a role model. He did not mistreat or judge others for their differences, neither should we as Christians.
Day 10: Hebrews 13:15-17
Hand your heart over to God and pray often. If you don’t allow God to enter your life, your life will not be as joyous or bountiful as it could be with him in it. Trusting God’s plan for you and allowing him to be a part of your life is hard sometimes, even for devout Christians. But if we let God in, life will be better and we will have so much more to be thankful for if we allow his presence.
Day 11: 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18
This passage pulls from the ideas within the first three passages of the week. Find the good in all situations, rejoice, don’t ever stop praying, give thanks to everything that you have.
Day 12: 2 Samuel 22:47-50
God lived for all men, he is a symbol of salvation. He will fill you with confidence and make you strong against those who try to make you weak, if you let him to. Be thankful for God’s ability to instill strength and love in you.
Day 13: 1 Chronicles 16:7-10
“Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.” We should be thankful for all of the good acts that God inspires in us and relish those good deeds; we also should be calling out for God and praying.
Day 14: 1 Chronicles 16:34-37
“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.” We should be thankful for our faith and remember that it will never perish. We gather together as Christians to practice our faith; be grateful for your Christian community.
This Open My Eyes November Scripture Challenge has been eye-opening and has allowed me to see just how much I’m thankful for that can be traced back to God. Remember to be grateful for everything that God provides you, and to pray often. It will definitely enlighten and brighten your happy and healthy adventure. 🙂 ❤