Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. Psalm 30:4
When you think of the week that has past and all of the times that you talked to God, how many of those times were to simply say ‘thank-you’? Is there a balance between prayers of petition and prayers of thanksgiving? Often we incorporate both, which is good and proper and is how the Lord taught us to pray, but there also needs to be time set aside for the sole purpose of praise.
What happened last week that was good and made you smile; what were you grateful for? Using a diary can be a useful tool in focusing your thanks. At the end of a week, or the start of a new one, simply open the dairy and look at where you’ve been, what you’ve done and who you have talked to. Without doubt, there will be something in each day to be grateful for and it is a good thing to remind ourselves of that, and to give thanks. This is a great exercise to do and I would encourage you to try it, for when you exercise your heart and mind in the direction of God, you will never be disappointed.
It is very easy for a week to get swallowed up, and our thanks along with it. God is constantly showing us his goodness in big ways and in small ways. Don’t let any of it pass you by, and make sure you make time to sing praises to the Lord.