Monday, November 1, 2010

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day One

I woke up this morning, excited about a new month, and soon had the idea to blog each day about something I am thankful for in my life. One of my favorite scripture passages is "Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thess. 5:16-18).With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up later this month, it makes it an obvious choice of a time to do this little project, but I will say that having an "attitude of gratitude" is a good way to live 365 days a year.

So, for Day One of 30 Days of Thankfulness, I am thankful for Jesus Christ.

I have known about Jesus since I was a very young child. I'm told that I used to go around the house singing, "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, sweetest name I know . . .," and I accepted Him as my Savior and was baptized when I was eight years old. As I grew up, I continued to grow in my relationship with Christ, but it was a slow process and I was not always very committed to becoming more like Him. Over the years, Jesus has become more and more precious to me. As I have come to understand more about what He did for me on the cross, how helpless in my sin I was and how amazing His grace, I have grown into a deeper and deeper relationship with Jesus and cannot imagine living life without my faith in Him.

So now, in November 2010, as a 40-something-year-old woman who has been a follower of Christ for most of her life, this is why I am so thankful for Jesus:
  • He's my Constant Companion
  • He's my Best Friend
  • He's my Continual Presence (Immanuel, God with Us)
  • He's the Lover of my soul
  • He is the culmination of all of my hopes and dreams
  • Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life
  • He is my Savior, my Redeemer
  • He is my Provider, my Protector
  • He is my Sustainer, my Satisfaction
  • Jesus is the One Who knows me
  • He is the One Who intercedes for me.
  • Jesus completes me!
(Most of the above list was compiled through contemplating the devotional readings in Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. It has been a life-changing book for me and has helped me to grow deeper in my relationship with Jesus.)

Thank you, Lord!


Anonymous said...

Amen! Thank you, Nanette, for this blog of thankfulness!
Barbara T.

Leanne said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing. I actually started something similar in my prayer journal yesterday...we are sister-friends aren't we! :-)