Thursday, November 12, 2015

Attitude of Gratitude - week 2

While I'm Waiting...Attitude of Gratitude - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Pray continually...what exactly does that look like?

Last week I focused my Attitude of Gratitude on the first part of this verse - rejoice always - and this week I tackle pray continually.  The definition of continually is without interruption or to do something regularly or constantly.  As I thought about this I began to wonder how does a person stay in a constant state of prayer?!  I'll be the first to admit that my prayer life can stink at times and then the thought of praying without interruption - how does a person do this?!  I did a little research and to pray continually doesn't necessarily mean on bended knee, hands clasped and eyes closed.  To pray continually is more of a state of mind.  It's an awareness that God is with us and that He is in our thoughts and actions.  It's our dependence on our Heavenly Father instead of ourselves.  This definitely sounds easier than what I had thought!  I'm anxious to hear how you pray continually and what this means to you!

Much like rejoice always, to pray continually is a choice.  It's a choice to depend on God versus thinking we can handle life's ups and downs.  It's choosing to go to God when we are scared, anxious, AND grateful.  Prayer should be our first choice - not the last.

I'm so excited to join Shelly again this week for our Attitude of Gratitude challenge and we would love for you to join us!  So, what is an Attitude of Gratitude challenge?  It's intentionally choosing to look for the good.  See the good, do good, BE the good!  We hope you will consider joining us each Thursday in the month of November and link up your posts on what you are thankful for.  And, don't forget to pray and say thanks! ;)
While I'm Waiting...Attitude of Gratitude
So, with an attitude of gratitude and a heart full of joy, here's a few things I'm thankful for this week!

*my health - Last week something blew through and took me down!  You know the commercial for sniffling, sneezing, aching, coughing, stuffy-head, fever meds - well, I could have been their poster child!  I was so worn down but am so grateful to be feeling better.

*my amazing hubby - While I was down and out, he stepped in and everything continued without missing a beat.  He was shuttling kiddos, making meals, doing laundry - just being awesome and I'm so thankful for him!

*home - After I started feeling better I was on a mission to clean up our house.  The piles from school starting were getting a bit out of control so it was nice to be able to toss and file and get things cleaned up.  It's easy for me to look around and play the "if only we could __________" but we are blessed with a home that more than fills our needs and I am truly thankful.

*impromptu date nights - Mike and I chaperoned the middle school dance for a few hours this past Friday and we were able to grab a quick dinner before going home.  It was so nice having an hour or so of undivided face time!

*the health of my dad - My parents came in town for the Aggie football game but my dad wasn't feeling well.  I knew he wasn't feeling good when he decided to skip the Aggie football game.  He wasn't any better on Sunday so my mom took him to the ER.  He was diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted into the hospital for a couple of days. While I wasn't glad that he was in the hospital, I am very thankful for all the doctors and nurses that took care of him and got him feeling better again.

*friends - So thankful for all the friends that called and texted to check on my dad.  Also blessed to have friends in the medical field that I can call and ask for referrals, recommendations, and to double check scans!

*Colby - I give him a lot of grief about being a typical teen but there are many times when he blows me away with his kindness.  I've had a couple of tough days and last night he just sat on the couch with his arm around me (tears in my eyes as I'm typing this).  When he got up to go to bed, he kissed me on the top of my head and told me he loved me.  And, if this wasn't enough, I later got a text message from him with Psalm 46:1-3 - God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.  So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken and mountains fall into the ocean depths; even if the seas roar and rage, and the hills are shaken by the violence.  I love this kid!  I am so blessed and thankful!

Admittedly, looking back, I know I was not praying continually but it's definitely something I will be working on!

What about you?  What you you grateful for?

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So THANKFUL you're here!  Gig 'em and God bless! 
Holly

34 comments:

  1. I'm sorry you were having a rough time. It sounds like you have some amazing people in your life to help you move past the discouragement. It's amazing what a a shift in perspective can do. I am thankful for my husband's health this thanksgiving season!

    Anastasia
    anawins,com

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    1. Shifting perspective is definitely the key! Turning negative thoughts into positive ones helps tremendously! Because, really, we are so, so, SO blessed! Thanks so much for linking up with us!

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  2. Nothing like feeling bad to really appreciate the amazing things our body can do & be thankful for the good healthy days!

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    1. So true, Rebecca Jo!!! I wanted to be so pouty about all the things I wasn't able to do but I really did need the rest! Thank you so much for joining us in our Attitude of Gratitude! Hope you have a great day!

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  3. What a wonderful way to start my day, to actively continue to be grateful and to remind myself to pray continually. Thank you so much for hosting such a wonderful link up! And so glad to hear your dad is alright! Have a great Thursday!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kendra! Happy to have you here! Have a super day!

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  4. I totally feel you on being sick and getting behind on housework. I have a compromised immune system, so when I get sick, I stay sick. I'm on the 3rd week of a cold. I'm finally catching up on laundry! Plus I'm trying to get as much cleaning done before I leave on Sunday for two weeks.

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    1. Yikes! Prayers that you kick this cold to the curb soon! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great rest of the week!

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  5. What lovely things to be thankful for! Sorry to hear about your father, but I'm glad he's feeling better. Lovely to see you at this week's #SHINEbloghop! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Maria, and for hosting! These are some of my favorite posts - there's always, always something to be thankful for! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  6. I certainly need to work on praying continually. I agree with you. It's a mind-set or an attitude. Looks like you have a lot to be thankful for this week! Thanks for linking up with thankful Thursday!

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    1. We can work on it together, Charlene! ;) Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. Thanks for sharing this with us at the 100 Happy Days linkup party! We love having you there.
    I had the same reaction as you when I intentionally focused on the "pray continually" part of that verse - "How in the world?!" My prayer life is less than perfect, but my husband reminds me often that prayer doesn't have to be long, drawn-out conversations with God. Instead, it can be one sentence, a thought, a cry, expressing a fear - literally all day long communication like I text my husband! Thanks for reminding me of this again today. It's so important & a lesson I often forget.

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    1. Alison! That's a great way of thinking about it! Ever since I read your comment yesterday I have thought and thought about it! Praying is like texting God! That's it!!! Every time I texted a friend or my hubby yesterday I thought about talking to God! Thank you! And, thank you for stopping by! I'll see you next week!

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  8. So glad to have found this link-up!! Love this post! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

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    1. Hi, Katie! I'm so glad you found us! Welcome! Hope you'll come back again next week! Have a super weekend!

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  9. I forgot about this and really want to do it. Next week for sure!! I love the idea behind this and your Wednesday link up. The positivity is contagious, you know. That is an awesome story about Colby. They can drive us crazy but the heart is what matters and he obviously has a beautiful heart!!

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    1. Julie, there's still plenty of time! We leave the link-up open all week! Thank you so much for your sweet comments about the link-ups! That's exactly what I was hoping to accomplish by hosting them! Positivity is absolutely contagious and that's something I don't mind catching! ;) Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  10. I love this! Found you through another link-up! Hopefully next week I can join! Praying for you....tis the season! My house has been down all week. :(

    Cheers to a better weekend and better health!
    Jackie
    www.parentingtheateam.com

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    1. Hi, Jackie! I'm so glad you found me! How fun! We leave the link-up open all week so it's not too late! Thanks so much for the prayers! Means so much knowing others are in the same boat! Hope everyone is well at your house soon!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  11. I'm so happy you and your dad are feeling better. I'm thankful you're raising a kindhearted young man, the world needs more of them. :) Thank you!
    Sometimes our kids have the right words at the right times. My kiddos have been known to blow me away with their wisdom and love.
    XOXO

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    1. It's so true! They really can be remarkable people, right? There are times I really want to ring his neck but then he does something like this and I know all the hard parenting times are totally worth it! Thank you so much for your sweet words and for stopping by!

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  12. I really like how you mentioned that "pray continually" is actually more of a state of mind rather than literally praying on your knees all day. I remember the first time I heard it explained like that and it gave me so much peace to know that I am expected to be praying all day in one position, but rather, have a heart "position" that is focused on God and communicating with Him. This changed the way I prayed and while I still love to spend time in prayer before meals or on my knees for something specific, I love being able to talk with the Lord through prayer while driving or during a praise song or while I am studying the Word.

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    1. I love how you referenced the heart "position"! Thank you for your encouraging words and for stopping by! I hope you'll stop by again Thursday!

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  13. This year has had so many ups and downs for us, and praying has helped me through so much it. I like the idea of it being a state of mind. I am going to try to challenge myself with that.
    So many things to be grateful or thankful for...my family, our business, our home.

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    1. It's so true! When I have lost my way - I've usually forgotten to pray about it! And, yes, absolutely so much to be thankful for!!! Hope you are having a great day!

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  14. Kids can show such love when you least expect it. I'm grateful for my amazing kiddos.

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    1. So true, Laina! They are the best (well, most of the time!)! ;) Hope you'll join us again this Thursday!

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  15. Such a great list! I know that keeping my gratitude list helps me to stay focused in the midst of all the crazy! Blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Michele! It's so true! Being intentional about being grateful definitely keeps my focus on the right things! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you're having a great day!

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  16. Definitely a good idea to keep a gratitude list! Sometimes things can slip on by without you even realizing how grateful you really are for them! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Absolutely! I've definitely tried to be more intentional! Hoping it's a habit that is forming and will stick around longer than Thanksgiving! Thanks so much for hosting! I'll see you again next week!

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