I recently came upon a dare that I had to take. You might think "Alexandra, you're 18 now, you don't HAVE to accept dares from silly people anymore." But this isn't that kind of dare. This is a dare of gratitude. Yes, you read that correctly.
This year I plan on being so thankful, and counting at least one thousand gifts. That's approximately three gifts a day. If you're interested in being completely grateful like this, check out the dare! I dare you to ;)
Today is day 9.
* the gift of keys on a piano that I can play
* the gift of rain, bringing new life and washing away the old
* the gift of my sister who reads to me about opera because she knows that's what I like
When I focus on God it is amazing how my focus in general comes together. I get things done, I'm joyful about the work He has given me, and I feel good about myself come the end of the day!
Today I ran a mile. That mile was for His glory!
Today, someone apologized for hurting me; I'm so glad to be able to forgive as He forgave me!
Today, I got things done because I had been lacking in self-discipline prevously; God gave me the focus!
Today, I grew a little bit closer to my Savior Jesus Christ. =)
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and will bring you back from captivity." -Jeremiah 29:11-13
This verse is very close to my heart, especially this year. But my favorite part is not just the part that says it's all in His plan (how comforting!), but where it says "seek me with all your heart...I will be found by you." I desire that so much! And when I do seek Him, He is always there! How wonderful?!
Today, I cleaned my desk. Decorations? Sticky notes with scripture on them. Such a good little reminder!
"Seek the Lord, and His strength; seek His presence continually!" - 1 Chronicles 16:11
Glory to God forever!