Today is the first day of Lent and while we don’t practice the traditions of giving things up I am going to start our own tradition. I’m going to live every day in a spirit of gratitude. Today I’m focusing hard on taking my thoughts captive. When a thought of doubt or fear creeps in I’m going to think of all the blessings in my life. I’m going to remind myself that He has faith in me and has given me wonderful grace to get through anything that comes my way.
Sometimes it’s hard to be grateful and focus on our blessings. Often the trials and craziness of life takes over and distracts us. There is help though! Some one recently reminded me of the armor of God and how important it is to put it on daily.
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” ~Eph. 6:13-18
He has blessed us with the tools to get us through. It is our job to put these tools on and put them to use! I know it sounds kind of corny but when I read this verse I close my eyes and picture myself putting on armor. I visualize protecting myself with His grace, His word, His truth and His love. When I feel the thoughts and daggers of untruth coming I focus on His protection on me and remind myself to stand firm.
I came across a really neat idea on Pinterest for Lent that I’m going to try with the boys. Kristen blogs about how she and her family do gratitude ribbons. I love this! It’s such a simple way to help the boys focus on their blessings as well. (You can read more about how Kristen and her family celebrate this season here.)
Today my ribbon is for you…I am so grateful for each and every one of you. It means so much to me that you take time out of your day to read what I have to say. I so appreciate your encouraging words, your sweet comments and your support. I love the fact that I’ve made some new friends through this blog. People I probably never would have met it I hadn’t started writing. You are all blessings to me!