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! ;)
*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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