Monday, January 23, 2023

Stop and Give Thanks

One word. It is just one word. My one word for the year, last year, was grateful. Have you ever spent any amount of time being focused on giving thanks? Have you ever chosen one word to help keep you focused on the Lord throughout your year?

I look back over the past year and see so many things that the Lord has done for me. Things that I just cannot help but to stop and thank the Lord and to offer Him praise.

Stop and Be Thankful 

At the end of May, T moved back home. I spent so much time crying and praying that the Lord would reconcile our relationship and that He would bring T home. And He did!

Thank You For Nurses!

In June, I had my pituitary tumor removed. I prayed over the surgery, over the surgeons, the nurses, the anesthesiologists and technical team. I had so much peace going in to that surgery. The Lord was with me the whole time. And T, who had not planned on doing so, stayed with me the whole time I was in the hospital. BTW, I love nurses! I am so thankful for the ones that helped me.

Thank You For Medicines to Heal My Body

In July, I developed bacterial meningitis from the surgery that I had in June. I went back to the hospital and was put on all kinds of meds. I then had another surgery in the same exact location as the last one. This one, however, was just an exploratory surgery to check on the healing process on the incision leading into my brain. Everything looked great! I am going to say this again... I love nurses! So thankful for the help they offered me.

Then, because my body was going through so much during that whole time, I started spotting. Sorry don't mean to gross anyone out. In November, I had a d&c done. What I learned from that is that everything I experienced in the hospital after meningitis, was just a fluke thing. My pituitary had been aggravated a lot and so, I spotted a few days.

Thank You For No More Level 20 Pain!

Ok, from my time in the hospital with meningitis, the only thing that would even touch my headache at all was magnesium. And, if I am honest, I would have given that pain a level 20. Level 10 as the worst pain ever? My head laughed at a level 10 (haha). One thing that has inspired in my constant search to help with my headaches has been to try chelated magnesium. I read great reviews about it and thought I would give it a try. Within a month of using it..... my headaches are now few and far between. Praise the Lord!

Do you choose a word to focus on each year? I have seen where some do one word for 3 or 4 months and then another word for the next 3 or 4 months and so on. I have even seen where some do one word each month. In other words, they have 12 focus words. Shoot, I have just recently seen something about doing a different word for each day of the year.

Have you spent any amount of time being thankful? I do so highly recommend that you do.

Be Grateful and Give Thanks 

Below are verses about being grateful and giving thanks to the Lord. 

Hebrews 12:28 NLT

Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 

Philippians 4:6 NIV

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.

Ephesians 2:8 NLT

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.

Psalm 118:1 ESV 

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 7:17 ESV 

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

James 1:17 ESV 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 

2 Corinthians 9:15 NIV 

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

John 3:16 ESV 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Psalm 107:1 ESV 

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

1 Chronicles 16:8 NLT 

Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.

Philippians 1:3-4 NIV 

I thank God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.

Psalm 100:4-5 NIV

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Ephesians 1:3 ESV 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

John 1:16 NLT 

From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.

Ephesians 5:20 ESV 

Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Colossians 2:7 NIV 

Rooted and built up in Christ, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Psalm 103:1-5 NLT

Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

Colossians 3:17 ESV 

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Revelation 11:17 NIV 

We give thanks to you, Lord God almighty, the One who is and who was…

Colossians 3:15-16 ESV 

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Psalm 147:7-9 NIV 

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp. He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills. He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call.

Psalm 139:14 ESV 

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

Ephesians 5:20 ESV

 Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Chronicles 29:13 ESV 

And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.

Psalm 118:28 ESV 

You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you.



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