A Peek at My Thank You List

I shared last week that I took the challenge to start an “Unending Thank You Lord” journal. I would like to encourage others to do so. Why is that? Just as complaining magnifies our woes, thanksgiving magnifies our blessings. My own research of Scripture shows the benefits of being thankful. I realize keeping a journal, which I try to fill in daily, is one way of making thanksgiving a habit.

From God’s inspired word, (Psalm 69:30, “And shall magnify Him with thanksgiving”), I learned that thanksgiving magnifies the Lord. Have you heard that saying, “When your problem is big, your God is small. But when your God is big, your problem is small.” Thanking God for what is going right magnifies Him and the power of praise is released. Thanksgiving has a way of diffusing our trials, pushing away anxious thoughts (Philippians 4:6-7), aiding us to think clearly.

Thanksgiving is a command (1 Chronicles 16:8, “Give thanks to the Lord…”). Obedience ushers blessing.

And we are not only to thank God, but we are to overflow in it (Colossians 2:7). Keep thanking, in good days or bad. Jonah refers to giving thanks as a sacrifice (Jonah 2:9) because there will be times that it will not be easy. But grace and persistence are rewarded.

There is always, always, always something to be thankful for. As I place entry after entry in my journal, I marvel at how the Lord opens my eyes to what I would normally ignore! I highlight in bold letters those that refer to and honor the Giver of all things. Here are just some of those unusual entries:

 

the delete command
airconditioning
the skill to drive
pens that write
free parking
shaded parking
daughter’s smile after learning she got the lead role in a play
clean public bathrooms
God’s transforming love
tears
Mom’s tears as she sang a song of worship
the Avengers movie
God of second chances
the last piece of ponkan
sea wind
life vests
ten fingers
my Ma-in-law watches The 700 Club Asia
chorus of chirping birds in the morning
my irrevocable salvation
unexpected reimbursements
car stalls in a gas station
best friend’s willing to dog sit
surprisingly light traffic
my sister’s choco chip cookies
ability to swallow food
chocolate mints
God that desires to bless
evening prayers as a couple
tents on a rainy day
teens that joyfully do chores
our globally accessible Christ
my son starts his own Thank You Lord Journal and reaches #103
Pampanga’s delicious tibok-tibok
mother-daughter hugs
our bunso’s waist-high hug
truth that I never face trouble alone
receiving a Christmas card and blessing in June
Pacquiao’s disguised victory
when bracelets can be stunning necklaces
Dad’s improving condition
that nothing takes God by surprise
successful frying of tilapia
for the web users who take time to read the articles I am led to write

I can go on and on! So what are you waiting for? Magnify the Lord with me and do share your entries via email or Twitter. Maybe I can add some of your entries to my ongoing list. #929 and counting.

 

Felichi Pangilinan-Buizon, co-host of The 700 Club Asia, is a homeschooling mom, gospel songwriter, and seminar speaker on parenting and early childcare. She is involved in the ministry of teaching at her local church, Christ’s Commission Fellowship. She welcomes your messages and comments at felichi.buizon@cbnasia.org. Follow her at Twitter: @FelichiOfficial

10 Comments

  • Great Article sis! Let us all continue to live a life with gratitude! We are one with you, our THANK YOU LIST gets longer & longer each day. -Thank God for this Article!

  • This message is a blessing. It encourages me to do one my own, and excited to know how long would my entries be. I know it will flow naturally as i focus on God’s goodness in my life. :)

    • Good day Kai! Thank you for connecting with us. We praise the Lord for the message you read has become a blessing and encouragement to you. God bless you more as you continue to put God first in your life.

  • Jocelyn Amacio McGahaournal

    My husband and I just got started doing the unending “thank you God” journal…we are so blessed doing this…Thanks for this wonderful idea…indeed this is what exactly must be an attitude of the children of God.

  • It was the beggining but not last to have successful life in God,i pray and i hope may give me a tallent to give hm praise for his glory and honor i hope someday i do something best to share what God have if we lea ves by his will thanks You God pls changes my life what u do too the people of God thanku Godblessed us all….

  • Hì Ms.Felichi.:-) i super love this article.i can relate to your thank you Lord journal,because i do have a thank you Lord journal.it really helps me to appreciate how blessed i am..from small stuffs to great one.writing in my thank you journal relaxes me,.i s0metimes include in my list,thanksgiving for the upcoming blessings and it really helps me to be patient waiting for my prayers to be answered..thanks for sharing this article.GÖD BLESS:-)

  • Thank you for this very inspiring article. Sometimes, I find it so hard to thank the Lord especially in times of trials. Now I know that I should thank the Lord for everything and anything. Thanking the Lord especially during trials makes our faith in our Lord stronger. I should start making my own thank you list. God bless!!!!

  • thanks for sharing this article; feel blessed; I am also into writing my daily journal before I start my paperworks in the office, in fact i find it an intervention to excite me once again to rush to the office at 7:30 am, when the staff are not around yet, this way I can communicate whatever it is running in my mind its more of a date with God for at least 30mins thru writing! ( aside from my every minute Lord thank you and remembering God’s power in my life) and my morning and before bed prayers. and Yes it is always started with a thank you Lord, and it makes my day light!

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