Write about a recent obstacle you faced and how you overcame it.
While many of us do not enjoy trials, difficulties in this life do help shape us to become more like Jesus. Writing about a recent obstacle we've been able to overcome reframes our perspectives and places them on Christ.
James 1:2-4 of the Easy Read Version reminds us: "My brothers and sisters, you will have many kinds of trouble. But this gives you a reason to be very happy. You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering. If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be" (James 1:2-4, ERV).
What is your favorite food you love to indulge in?
Over the past two years, eating has been a challenge for me. Diagnosed with incurable stomach issues, I am learning to manage my symptoms. Over time, I have learned the value of being thankful for what I can eat, rather than ungrateful for what I can't. As 1 Corinthians 10:31 of the ESV prompts, even eating and drinking are things to be thankful for and enjoy while here on this earth! "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Describe a weird family tradition that you love.
Finally, as we reflect on gratitude, it is crucial to give thanks for what we do have, even if it includes our crazy family. As John 15:12-13 of the KJV summarizes, "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:12-13).
No matter how you choose to give thanks today, remember that in all circumstances, this is God's will for you. Maintain a thankful heart, and let me know how trying these journaling prompts works for you!
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