Fighting Fear With Truth

Day 1 of 5 • This day’s reading


Building Gratitude — Count Your Blessings

Before starting a devotional, you might brew cup of coffee, put some tea on the stove, or pour a cold glass of water. I’m sitting here writing this devotional with a cold glass of water next to me. And that’s a very normal thing to do in my life here in the States! 

But growing up, this simple act would have been a miracle.

I grew up with taps that seldom had water coming out of them. So we had to find water elsewhere. My family’s main source of water came from a nearby river that slithered out from a slaughterhouse. As a 7-year-old living in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, if I poured a glass of water to drink, I expected it to be lukewarm and brown in color. It certainly wasn’t like anything we’d serve here in the United States.

Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

It’s normal to have open requests and unanswered prayers to our Savior. These can weigh on us so deeply, however, that they affect our walk with Him. What begins as a prayer request presented to God, if unanswered, can make us to start to question God and His goodness.

Looking at what we don’t have may take away from the joy of being grateful for what we already have

The more we focus on a problem, the more we tend to magnify it.

Ephesians 5:20 reminds us to give “thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the simple things in life, like a glass of clean water. But if we look keenly around us, we will see that we are surrounded by blessings that are often overlooked.

The practice of gratefulness sounds simple. But considering how many times we’ve been given the advice, how good are we at actually practicing it every day? Today, now, take time to look around your home and point out a few things that you can be thankful for.

Do you have clean water or food that you don’t worry will run out? Can you access a hospital when you get sick? Are you or your kids able to attend a school? Then you are blessed and highly favored.

Until I joined a child sponsorship program through my local church, these seemingly simple blessings were a struggle to acquire. Once I was sponsored, I was given food, clean water, access to a hospital and the ability to go to school. And most importantly, I received Jesus in my life. Thank Him for His promised love to you. That He will never fail you or forget you.