thank You Jesus

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“Thank You Jesus.” This simple phrase has been somewhat life-changing for me. I know I’ve heard it said before that giving thanks is a powerful way to change your mindset. And on some level, I even knew this to be true. But as in so many things, I am quick to forget.

Recently the reminder I needed came in the form of some advice spoken during an interview I heard. The question was, “What do you do when you feel overwhelmed, when you need to re-center yourself?” The answer? “Say, thank You Jesus.” It might be followed up immediately with “Help me Jesus”, but the point was that there is something about choosing to thank God right where you are that changes things. And being a person who’s always looking for new ideas and new things to try, I tried it. I specifically remember the moment - I was making my son’s bed in the midst of what my husband and I affectionately (or sometimes not so affectionately) call “the bedtime marathon”, and I had that all-too-familiar feeling like we were never going to get all of the kids to bed. Needless to say the exhaustion and discouragement felt strong. Suddenly I remembered the advice and just prayed “Thank You Jesus.” I thanked God for our beds, and in that moment the heaviness lifted. It was almost surprising what a difference it made, and how quickly it happened.

While I am certainly not expecting this phrase to become a magic button I can press to make everything better, I do hope I can remember for a longer time moving forward that thankfulness matters. That gratitude is powerful. It changes me, and I think it might even change the people around me. I wonder how the world might be changed if more of us started saying “Thank You Jesus.”

Pray with me…

Thank You Jesus…
… for each individual and family represented at Berks Christian School.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

Thank You Jesus…
… for each individual and family who helps to support Berks Christian School from afar.
Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song. Psalm 95:2

Thank You Jesus…
… for providing daily for our needs.
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Soli Deo Gloria
To God alone be the glory

~ Carrie Warner, BCS Prayer Team Coordinator