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Thought and Prayer for Friday, January 24, 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020

January 24, 2020 GIVE JOYFUL THANKS

As we work toward our goals, there will be times when we become tired and grow weary. We will want to give up because we won’t see progress every day. In fact, there may be days and weeks when nothing happens at all. However, we are not to give up. To help us stay focused on working toward our goal, we need to remember to be grateful. We can be grateful for what we are doing, what we have done and what God is going to continue to do. We can have joy every day anticipating the end result that God has in store for us. We can remember God in all we do and trust in Him to help us get through the hard times as we work toward our goals.

SCRIPTURE:
Psalm 28:7 ‘The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write how you show gratitude to God.
2. List ways you have a joyful heart.
3. Know God will get you through the tough times.
4. Seek Him, be grateful and have joy as you work toward your goals.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we want to remember You in all we do. We know there will be times when we don’t feel like doing Your work. We know there will be times when we work hard but there are no results. We also know You want us to be joyful in all things – even when we don’t feel like it. We know You want us to come to You with joy and thanksgiving every day for what You have done and what You are going to do. Help us to remember to praise You in the storms of life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
Psalm 94:19 “When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” (NLT)

2 Corinthians 6:10 “Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.” (NLT)

We should be grateful for God’s mercy and what He is doing in our lives right now to do His will.

1 Timothy 1:12-13 “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief.” (NLT)

We are called to always be joyful. That means even when we are working toward our goals and hit a roadblock or when we are growing weary.

FOCUS:
Philippians 4:4 “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!” (NLT)
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