Oct 30 2015

Giving Thanks

I’ve been a worrier all my life…just call me Nervous Nellie.  I think I’ve gotten better over the years, but it is a constant battle that I fight, especially since becoming a mom of two precious little ones.  There is always something to worry about and even when I am at my most content I feel it creeping back in and whispering “Everything is great….but…when will the other shoe drop?”  I am tired of living under the weight of worry and I have a feeling I am not the only one who feels this way.  But I’ve never known how to combat it; it’s almost as if I have no control over when my body starts to react in worry.  I struggle in the moment with practical ways to push out the worry.  I know in those moments I need to go straight to Jesus with even just a breath prayer of “Lord, help me drive out the worry that is in my heart and trust you.”

The other day, I sat on my couch worrying about who knows what that I had no business worrying about and I decided to pick up “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young and… yep!  Look at what it said!  The Lord is so good to meet me when I seek Him and remind me of His truths.

“REFUSE TO WORRY!  In this world there will always be something enticing you to worry…So the temptation to be anxious is constantly with you, trying to worm its way into your mind.  The best defense is continual communication with Me, richly seasoned with Thanksgiving.”

Something really stood out to me when reading this.  The word “Thanksgiving.”

Being thankful can be an antidote for worry!  How have I not soaked this in fully before now?!  I started to look at scripture and sure enough it shows up over and over again.

-“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God” -Philippians 4:6

-“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

-“always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” -Ephesians 5:20

This made sense to me.  Over the last year or so after I read Ann Voscamp’s “A Thousand Gifts” I have started to see my life more often through the lens of a grateful heart.  Don’t get me wrong, I am no where near perfect in this and there is a lot more work to be done in me, but I have seen a change in myself and I think my husband can attest to this as well.  So while I sat on the couch, instead of continuing to worry I started to think of things I was thankful for right in that moment and it really helped me and even turned my day completely around.  Along with claiming things I’m thankful for when I start to worry, I have decided to do what Ann Voscamp does and start a journal of things I am thankful for.  I am going to keep it out on my coffee table to add to it regularly.  And when I start to worry I can write down things I am thankful for in that very moment.

thankful journal wateramarked

Will you join me in challenging yourself to find things each day that you are thankful for?  I think it will completely change your outlook on your day, your circumstances, and your life.  Each week in the month of November I will be writing a post about something I’m thankful for.  I’d love for you to stop by the blog and comment each week with what you are thankful for and maybe even how finding things you are thankful for is changing your outlook.   I will also be sharing some things on Instagram.  You can follow me at @marissaramsand.  Awhile back, Alisa wrote a post about her thankful journal and made this beautiful printable as a great reminder.  I have it hanging in my house to be a constant visual reminder.

Free Thankful printable

If you would like this free printable, simply subscribe to our email list (right sidebar) and email us at allingoodtwine at gmail dot com and let us know you would like us to send you one.  I’d also love to hear if you are taking the challenge with me or how I can be praying for you!


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