Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
That "seven times a day" is what the devotion was about, so it especially caught my eye this time. At first I thought, "Remembering to stop seven times a day to thank the Lord for things? I'd never remember in the midst of my crazy side-tracked days!" Then I thought of the journals I'd read about and tried, that had been for five things. I realized I could do the same thing, except write seven things instead of the five. It's scriptural! It's timely! I could do it for a year, ending next Thanksgiving, and look back over the year and see all the blessings of the year. And maybe see the things that don't really look like blessings at first. Because the Bible says "in every thing give thanks." Some things may not feel too great at the time, but we're supposed to be thankful anyway.
So. I'm going to begin tonight, and try to remember each night to write down seven things I'm thankful for each day. What's the difference this time? I believe the Lord spoke to my heart on this one, instead of my seeing what someone else was doing and thinking I'd like to do that too. I still might not get it done every single night, but even a few nights a week might make a difference, helping me to truly give thanks in every thing. I do struggle many times with discontentment, and lots of days I'm discouraged. This type of journal would be a help with those problems. And one thing mentioned in the devotion is something I'd never thought of: ungratefulness is the first step of walking away from God. Romans 1:21 speaks of those who "knew God, glorified him not as God, neither were thankful . . ." Wow! I sure want to be careful to walk close to the Lord and remain thankful to Him. This will be a totally private thing; I doubt I'll share the details I write down. But I may just have to let you know occasionally how good the Lord is, because with all that thankfulness going on, it's sure to spill out a bit every now and then! ;)