Evening Prayer 15 | Gratitude

It’s pre-Friday and the weekend is within reach. As you get ready to call it a night, what are you grateful for as you look back at the last few days? 

Being thankful for those things that go right in our life help us deal with the things that go a little haywire. We all have things happen that don’t please us or go our way. We can spend all our energy on them or we can shift our focus to what’s gone right in our life. 

Not sure what you are grateful for in your life? 

Grab a notepad and a pen. Sit down and list a couple of things. Maybe it was the morning coffee you enjoyed seemingly a century ago. It doesn’t have to be anything big or complicated. Keep it simple.

Notepad and pen to archaic for you? Fine. There are plenty of note-taking apps that you can download on your smartphone. Choose one and list the things that make you grateful. People? Pets? A promotion? Cleaning out that cabinet drawer that’s been begging you to organize it? 

You woke up today. You have a roof over your head, food to eat, and coffee to drink. You showered with clean water and slept in a warm bed. You have people you love in your life who love you back. You drove to work today in your own car. You earned money. You have money to pay bills. 

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There are lots to give thanks to God for…

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your love, watch-care, and provision. You are so good to me. I am thankful for the love in my life and the roof over my head. Thank you for loving me and taking care of me. Amen.

Blessings,

The Devotional Guy™

If you are enjoying these morning and evening prayers, please let me know in the comment section. I’d love to hear from you!

Looking Back at September 2018

Fall has begun and we’re about to turn the page from September to October.

September 2018 saw us cover a breadth of topics focusing on prayer, faith, addiction, recovery, and life as a Christian in 21st century America.

A few of my posts exploring prayer, faith, and worship included:

How is Your Prayer Life?

Love God as God First Loved You

How do our lives reflect the image of God?

Why Do We Worship?

Prayer & Worship

God is Praiseworthy All the Time!

As I mentioned earlier, I also examined the wiles of addiction and challenges of recovery in our contemporary 21st-century culture. These posts included:

When People You Love Struggle With Addiction

Hello Dopamine, My Old Friend

Freeing Your Today From Yesterday’s Pain

I also paid tribute to those we lost on 9-11 in my post Never Forget: Recalling 9.11.2011.

Finally, I recognized the need for mentors walking alongside those trying to rebuild their lives in my post, Mentoring: Demonstrating Faith in Action.

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For 2018, More of Him, Less of me continues to be my most read post of all-time. Other posts garnering a lot of reader attention are The Seven Wonders of God and The Secret of Cultivating Gentleness. Popular pages include our Operation Christmas Child page and The Prayer of Agur.

I’m always overwhelmed and humbled by the tremendous readers following The Devotional Guy blog. The engagement and comments are encouraging and motivating. Through the blog, God has connected me to people all around the world, ranging from India to South Africa, hitting the shores of the UK to the ports of Singapore, reaching from Canada to Australia, and including the nations of the Philippines, Nigeria, and Germany.

May the peace of God go with you.

Blessings,

The Devotional Guy™

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Your 9 Favorite Posts of Summer 2018

Labor Day marked the unofficial close of Summer 2018. It has been a busy and eventful season in many respects and Sweet T and I continue to be blessed by seeing the Lord at work. T and I have already been busy discussing and preparing for the upcoming 2018 Operation Christmas Child (OCC) National Collection Week (November 12-19).  We’re excited to see what God will do in our 10th year of partnering with Samaritan’s Purse in this incredible ministry.

Our outreach at Union Gospel Mission Dallas continues to grow and produce blessings and fruit. Since joining this outreach ministering to the homeless 8 years ago, Sweet T and I have witnessed life change first hand. We are both grateful for our 4th Friday outreach team and their individual faithfulness to this powerful ministry. God is good all the time and all the time God is good!

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Writing and blogging opportunities and avenues continue to show substantial growth as well and I’m certainly grateful to see the readership blossom for this writing ministry that God has called me to pursue, especially through The Devotional Guy™, which is now in its 5th full year. I’ve been working on a book focused on prayer since the beginning of the year and hope to have it completed soon. My original goal was to have it completed by the end of this Summer, but God has taken me down some different roads to reveal, show, and teach me some additional things that I believe will influence the final product.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24 (ESV)

With one season winding down and another starting up, I wanted to take a look at nine of your favorite posts that received the most traffic during the Summer of 2018. Please feel free to check them out and pass them along. Here they are:

Psalm Saturday: How is Your Prayer Life?

The Last, the Least, the Lost, and the Lonely Among Us

The Secret of Cultivating Gentleness

Taste and See the Lord is Good!

Are You Tired and Empty? Find Jesus.

The Seven Wonders of God

Day 8339: Continuing to Face the Challenges of Living Life in Recovery

Celebrating My Sweet T!

More of Him. Less of me.

Thank you to all of you who continue to read faithfully and share this blog with your family, friends, neighbors, and fellow blogosphere mates. Pass it on!

Happy Blogging!

Peace be with you.

Blessings,

The Devotional Guy™

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TRIVIA: Did you know that Don Henley’s 1984 classic song “The Boys of Summer” features lyrics written by Henley and music composed by former Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell?