Have you already jotted down what you’re thankful for today? If not, take a few moments and add to the list you’ve started.
I believe it is one of God’s greatest blessings to learn that a truly grateful heart can change a life. Being thankful, in the big and in the small, can restore hope.
In addition to keeping that list, I hope you will consider taking some of the verses in these devotions and memorizing them. Scripture memorization is another of my favorite ways to see hope restored in my heart.
I have a verse that I would recommend you starting with. This verse has radically changed my thinking. Now, before you think that I got my act together and never struggled after I memorized this verse, be reminded of the truth that faith in God has no easy formula.
While there is no formula, I believe God honors our discipline and our heart that desires to be intentional when it comes to Scripture memory. He has given us His very Word…to have, to pray, to speak, to memorize, to dwell on. Take hold of the hope found in His Word!
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things…And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9.
This verse is packed full of wisdom and encourages us to place our minds on things true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable. Think about these things. Then, what is promised us? The God of PEACE will be with us. God is telling us that choosing to place our thoughts on what is good and true will help fill us up with more of Him.
It is a challenge, to be sure, for this negative thinker to choose to dwell on what is good. But, God is so gracious and day by day, He is giving me new glimpses of Himself through His Word, and those glimpses of my Savior? They bring hope.
I am learning that we have the power to CHOOSE our thoughts. And slowly but surely I am working on making better choices!!