7 WAYS YOU CAN THANK GOD https://beckielindsey16.com/2015/11/24/7-ways-you-can-thank-god/


With the Thanksgiving holiday only a few days away, it seems fitting to focus on a key element of prayer, which happens to be thanksgiving.

But how do you tell the Creator of all things, the one who saved your eternal soul, “thank you?”

The fact is: Everyday should be Thanksgiving for Christians!

So without further adieu, here are some practical ways you can begin living everyday like Thanksgiving!

7 Ways You Can Thank God

  1. Follow His commands

God didn’t give His commands to take away our fun. He put boundaries in place to protect us because He loves us.

One of the best ways we can thank the Lord is to do what he says.

Jesus says in John 14:15, “If you love me, you will keep my commands.”

  1. Love Him by loving others

Human beings are the only creatures on earth that bear God’s image (Genesis 1:27) He formed us with His hands and breathed His breath into our lungs (Genesis 2:7). God loves all people (1John 4:10). God Himself is love (1 John 4:8)

When we love other people, we are showing our love for God.

 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

3. Grow in your relationship with Him

A growing relationship with God doesn’t happen by accident. You must make it your number one priority.

Three habits to help you grow in your relationship to God are:

  • A daily quiet time.
  • Go to church and if possible, join a small group Bible study
  • Praise and Worship
  1. Walk the Walk

Don’t just listen to the Word, follow it. Don’t just read the Word, live by it. When you live a life that represents Christ’s values, you are spreading the Gospel by your actions. And actions speak louder than words!

“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.  But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” (James 1:22-25)

  1. Praise Him in good times and bad

God is still the same God even when awful events occur. We live in a fallen and sinful world in which we will experience many good things as well as bad and even terrible things. In fact, Jesus warned us we would have many troubles in life. But He also tells us to take heart, for He has overcome the world (John 16:33).

The Lord is worthy of our praise no matter what happens.

“I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!” (Job 1:21)

  1. Spread the Good News of the Gospel

We don’t have to preach to others in order to spread the Good News. But we shouldn’t be afraid to give a reason for the hope that we have (1 Peter 3:15). Look around you. Watch TV, look at the internet and you’ll see, people are dying for hope and for truth. As Christians, we have the answer which is JESUS.

Before Jesus left this earth, His last words were: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)

  1. Worship Him

“I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.” (Psalm 69:30)

But worship is more than singing. The best way to worship God is by living a life that is surrendered to Him.

“And so, dear brothers and sisters,  I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.”
(Romans 12:1-2)

God loves us so much. And it pleases Him when we love Him back. We demonstrate our love and gratitude, through obedience to His word.

How will you thank the Lord?  Please write in the comments below:

This post is linked to The Loft Linkup. https://jerralea.blogspot.com/2016/11/thankful-all-month-long-at-loft.html


 In many Christian churches today, fasting has become a lost discipline, rarely discussed or practiced.https://beckielindsey16.com/2015/11/17/fasting-and-prayer-101/ Prayer and Fasting 101

Despite its current decrease in popularity, there are a host of reasons and benefits to prayer coupled with fasting. Let’s begin with a simple definition of what fasting is, and another of what fasting is not.

WHAT FASTING ISFasting is defined as voluntarily going without food and/or drink for a period of time in order to focus on deeper prayer and fellowship with God.
You can look at fasting as an exchange of physical needs for spiritual needs.
There are different ways to fast which we will cover later.

WHAT FASTING IS NOTFasting is not a special tool or method in which we manipulate God to respond like a genie in a bottle and grant our every wish.

Fasting is not just denying yourself food. As stated above, it’s an exchange of physical needs for spiritual ones. Fasting is not a diet.

What the Bible says: Scripture does not command Christians to fast. However the Bible mentions fasting numerous times as something that is good, beneficial and rewarding. I think it’s worth noting that although Jesus didn’t speak too much on fasting during His ministry, the one time that He gave specific instructions on fasting, in Matthew 6:5-18, He started by saying: “when you fast,” not “if you fast.”

The practice of fasting is mentioned in the Bible in response to various circumstances. Fasting was for repentance, as when the King of Nineveh ordered a fast after the preaching of Jonah (Jonah 3:5-9). Prayer and fasting was often done in times of distress or trouble. David fasted when he learned that Saul and Jonathan had been killed (2 Samuel 1:12).  We also find people fasting when God’s deliverance was needed, as when Jehoshaphat was approached by a large invading army (2 Chronicles 20:3).

Fasting is mentioned in the New Testament when Anna, the prophetess, is described as serving God day and night with fasting and prayers (Luke 2:37).  John the Baptist taught his disciples to fast (Mark 2:18). Paul and Barnabas prayed and fasted when they ordained elders in the Church (Acts 14:23). And Jesus Christ fasted 40 days and nights before facing Satan in an epic battle of spiritual will (Matthew 4:2).


Fasting helps us draw closer to God. We acknowledge through fasting that we need God to live more than food. It should help us break away from the desire to satisfy our own lusts and materialism, thereby desiring God in a new, fresh way. Fasting can help us understand what the Psalmist meant when  he wrote, “Like the deer that pants after water, my soul longs for You.” (Psalm 42:1)

Fasting fosters self-discipline in an undisciplined age. Have you noticed the age in which we live seems to despise discipline? We live in a very materialistic society where we are used to getting what we want rather quickly. It seems whether you live in an affluent country or poor one, the world today is becoming more and more interested in what their neighbor has. Even as far back as the 10 Commandments given to Moses, God talked about materialism and being satisfied with what you have.

Fasting provides a way to impose self-discipline in your life. Physical self-discipline “rubs off” into spiritual self-discipline.

Fasting provides guidance. “Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders in every church. With prayer and fasting, they turned the elders over to the care of the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.” (Acts 14:23)

The Israelites sought the Lord through fasting when they had been defeated in battle by the tribe of Benjamin in Judges 20:26-28.

Fasting shows humility and dependence upon God. King David was known as a man after God’s own heart. David shows us in Psalm 35:13 an example of humbling oneself before God.“Yet when they were ill, I grieved for them.  I denied myself by fasting for them, but my prayers returned unanswered.”

 “And there by the Ahava Canal, I gave orders for all of us to fast and humble ourselves before our God. We prayed that he would give us a safe journey and protect us, our children, and our goods as we traveled.” (Ezra 8:21)

Fasting Empowers. I look at prayer combined with fasting as the TNT of a Christian’s weaponry arsenal.
The apostle Paul, in Ephesians 6:10-18, tells us that WE ARE AT WAR, not with flesh-and-blood enemies, but evil spiritual forces. He then describes heavenly spiritual armor that God provides for believers. A powerful part of our arsenal includes prayer, as well as prayer coupled with fasting.

When Jesus faced the temptation of Satan, he fasted (Luke 4:1-11).
In Mark 9:29, we read that the disciples needed a power from God that comes only through fasting. Matthew 17:20 and 21 say that prayer with fasting can work spiritual miracles.


Usually, fasting is going without food for a certain amount of time. However, there are other types of fasts, some which don’t involve food.

The Regular Fast: Abstaining from all food, both solid and liquid, except water. A few biblical examples are found in: 2 Chronicles 20:3, Ezra 8:21, and Matthew 4:1-2

The Partial Fast: A partial fast is abstaining from certain foods and/or drinks for a time. The prophet Daniel spent three weeks fasting from certain foods.  “All that time I had eaten no rich food. No meat or wine crossed my lips, and I used no fragrant lotions until those three weeks had passed.” Daniel 10:3

Types of partial fasts: Abstaining from solid food only, but drinking fruit juices, smoothies and broths for a period of time. Abstaining from certain foods or drinks such as alcohol, caffeinated drinks, refined sugars, meat etc.

The Absolute Fast: The Bible mentions a few occasions where a total or absolute fast from all food and water took place (Esther 4:16, Acts 9:9, Deuteronomy 9:9, 1Kings 19).

Non-Food Fasts: The Bible mentions a sexual fast, but not by that name.
In Exodus 19:15, the people of Israel were to prepare for their encounter with the Lord at Mt. Sinai, and part of their preparation was to abstain from sexual relations for three days. And in 1Corinthians 7:5, the apostle Paul says a married couple may abstain from sexual relations for a time in order to devote themselves in prayer. He does warn however, they are to, “come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”

Another type of non-food fast is to abstain from a particular activity such as watching TV or going out to eat for a certain period of time.


Fasting is a sacrifice whether total, partial, or non-food, and some preparation is in order. There are a few things to consider such as withdrawals that may occur from abstaining from caffeine, sugars etc. I will gradually wean myself from caffeine several days before starting a fast where I will be abstaining from it.

I’m also mindful of special events or parties that may take extra planning.

I like to think of fasting like this: Physical food never fully satisfies; in a few hours, you’ll need to eat again. But when you are ‘fed’ from doing the work of the Lord, you will find a new satisfaction like you’ve never experienced.

I’ll admit, fasting started out difficult for me, but the more often I have practiced it, the more benefits I have found which has encouraged me to continue to incorporated it into my life on a regular basis.

What has been your experience with prayer and fasting? Share in the comments below.

*If you are diabetic or are under a doctor’s care, it’s best to check with your doctor before starting a fast. If you have struggled with anorexia or bulimia, a non-food fast may be the best option.



Have you ever started a prayer when suddenly you discover that your mind has wandered to your to-do list, or worst yet, you actually dozed off?

That was me several years ago (it still happens occasionally too!). I remember specifically asking the Lord, “Please help me stay focused as I pray.” And that’s how my prayer journal began. Over the years, my prayer journal has evolved several times. I’ve tried different methods and have landed on what works for me.

I hope the three methods below will serve to help you become more purposeful in your daily prayer time.

1. Write In A Blank Prayer Journal

You can purchase a blank journal at most retail stores. I have even used a school composition notebook. Here are a few ways I have used my journal:

Step One: Record Daily Prayer Focus On Inside Front Cover
When I first get my brand new prayer journal, I open the front cover and write out the names of people that I pray for daily. It’s usually about 15 people. I got this idea from a book written by my Pastor. http://www.amazon.com/The-World-Smaller-Than-Think/dp/0984036407

Then I write out the days of the week. Beside each day, I write a “prayer focus.”

Here’s an example of the what I write in the inside front cover:

Daily People to pray for: Scott, Kevin, Chad, Charity, Sean and family, Stacy and family…
Daily Prayer Focus:
Sunday—Leadership: World leaders, country, state, city, my local church and household.
Monday— Immediate family
Tuesday—Extended family
Wednesday—Neighbors and the lost
Saturday—Immediate family

 Step Two: The Lord’s Prayer Model
Each daily prayer written in the journal is modeled after the Lord’s prayer in                 Matthew 6:9-13. It looks something like this:
Praise and worship:  I praise You, Lord for this new day and for my health.
Asking for God’s will: I ask for Your will with Grandma’s failing health.
Forgiveness:  Forgive me for losing my temper with my son yesterday.
Petitions/requests: Guide my husband through his job interview.
Today’s prayer focus: (mentioned above from front cover)
I write short, simple sentences and fill in the rest as I speak with the Lord. I don’t worry about spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Record answered prayers: Thank you Lord! Scott got the job!

Step Three: Free Writing
Next I simply jot down what’s on my heart. It could be a poem, song or from time to time, this is where I allow myself to vent about a particular issue that is weighing on me. Here’s a few examples from the Psalms to look up: Psalm 64:1, Psalm 22, Psalm 13.
 All prayers are written simply and in a conversational style.

2. Use A Binder And Printable

Although I prefer to use a blank journal myself, I found a few great FREE printable options that I think are wonderful. All you need to do is buy a three ring binder, then print out your choice of printable downloads (or make your own) and record your prayers of course!



3. Use Technology    

Get An App
I discovered a free version called Pocket Pro Free Lite. It holds prayers by categories, dates and tracks answered and unanswered prayers. There are several apps available, but I like this one best.

Make A Spreadsheet
This may work well for office executives (or home office) if used as part of a morning quiet time routine.

Use Your Phone Reminders
I set my phone alarm to go off at certain times during the day to remind me to stop and pray. I also utilize the calendar to remind me to pray for someone who’s having surgery, or a test etc.

Remember that prayer is a conversation with our Heavenly Father. There is no perfect method. Keeping a prayer journal is what I use in the mornings to keep my mind focused, serve as a record, and to give me structure and discipline.

My prayer is that you may find a few ideas here to enhance and expand your own daily prayer time. The goal is more prayer.

Sharing is caring! Please share any of your own helpful hints in the comments section below.