Day #13

Jeremiah 29:11-13

Because I was a stay-at-home mom, my husband and I depended upon his income. When he fell off the roof of the home he was renovating, losing the ability to work, we worried. Making matters worse, we’d just moved into a new house with a large mortgage. We worried even more. 

And then one day they came. One carried a 50# bag of rice, another a bag of oats. Still others bags of groceries, and finally cards with cash and checks enclosed. Our friends had thrown a surprise housewarming party. Our friend Charlie gave us a $4000 check, which paid our mortgage until my husband could work again.  

God had moved upon the hearts of our friends to lighten our burdens. What if, instead, He had sent a text message saying, “Sorry for your hardships. Prayers!” It wouldn’t have meant as much. 

God knows that life is hard. He lived here for a time, and He ended up suffering through the most painful experience a human can endure—death on a Cross. Yet this God who bore the ultimate pain has empathy for our pain. And so He sends us tokens of His love in the little things of life. That ray of sunshine on a tear-stained face; that perfect piece of fruit so sweet we can’t help but thank Him; that random act of kindness from a stranger. Every earthly blessing is a message of love from God, signed with the Cross of Christ. Those blessings fall upon the just and the unjust because God loves each and every one of us as His very own child. 

Think of three things you normally take for granted. Speak them out loud right now, thanking God for each one. 

Dear Giver of all good gifts, not because we deserve these blessings, but because You love us, we receive them with open, grateful hearts. Help us step away from our constant striving for worthiness into the realm of gift-receiving. Thank you for lending Your compassionate ear to our sorrows, Lord, for we have not always been compassionate to others. Thank you for hearing our prayers, because we do not always hear others. Thank you for speaking hope into our lives, for we do not always speak hopefully to others. Help us to be more like You, Jesus. Amen. 

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

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61 thoughts on “Day #13

  1. belinda

    Today I’m so thankful! For a job, for a safe home to live in. For a country free of COVID! This last season has had sooo many worries. My fiancé and I have not seen each other for more than a year due to border closures, there has been sickness and injuries in both our families and at times worry has overwhelmed me. This meditation was a perfect timely reminder of how blessed I am and how much I have to thank God for in spite of my worries.

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  2. Nicky

    Today I am thankful for my husband, my boys, and my home. They are a contant reminder of the goodness and wisdom of God when stress rises and troubles tempt me to despair. The past few days have been incredibly stressful however, the support and teamwork I have with my husband has kept me from feeling worse than I might have. Though my children are often a source of stress, they are ultimately a source of joy and my relationship with them teaches me every day about God and His relationship with us.

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  3. Megan

    I’m thankful for my family and where I live. Though I don’t get out much beyond the neighbourhood, there are pretty gardens around the house, and lots of native birds and animal life. At night, I often hear owls, possums, fruit bats, and koalas. The air is clean and fresh, which I know is not the norm in a lot of places. Loving these meditations and scripture songs. Thank you. 🙂

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  4. Monica

    I’m thankful for a God that wants to be close and is always there for me, for a loving family that care for each other, and for the freedom to spend time in nature every day. Being thankful and saying it out loud makes me feel happy. I have found that it is a great blessing to be thankful for what we have.

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  5. Valerie

    I’m not sure exactly what to comment about since I didn’t see an email yet, but I can join in with the others here. I am so thankful for my hubby who took such good care of me when I cut my finger yesterday, and who always is patient and loving and thoughtful. I am also thankful for the gift of music and friends and family. God’s blessings are beautiful.

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  6. Sharon

    I’m thankful that God is so compassionate and long-suffering with me. So often it seems like I just go in circles and never make any progress, yet He is still there with me, gently guiding me as I’m able to follow. I’m thankful I live in a rural area, so that on my good days I can go for a walk outside and enjoy nature. I’m also thankful for these meditations and the CDs of hymns I have that help to calm me and focus my thoughts on the harder days.

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  7. Vanessa

    Three everyday blessings, especially during this these days – Zoom calls, employment, God’s covering and protection over my family. I don’t thank God enough, but working on expressing more gratitude because His steadfast love never ceases, and His mercies are new every morning.

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  8. MARI-CARMEN

    I am thankful today for instant messaging that allows me to be in close touch with my family in Spain as two of them are staying home after a positive Covid test (please pray for my 82-yr old mom. She gets tested tomorrow morning.)
    Also thankful for a healthy family and continued work for my husband.
    Always thankful for fresh air and early morning walks.

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  9. Sarah

    Today I’m thankful I can breathe fresh, clean country air. That I can walk and step on these crunchy little leaves that are falling from trees where I live in Thailand. That I can continue my education when so many in the world never even have an opportunity to begin theirs. God is so good––and I believe He has good plans for them, too.

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      1. Sarah

        Yes, I am. Another blessing, but one I think of often, is that all last semester I was able to attend normal classroom classes, face-to-face with my teachers and classmates. This semester we started online, but we’re transitioning back to face-to-face this week.

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  10. Sabrina

    I’m thankful for (1) my body and the fact that I had the strength and energy to shovel snow today, (2) the little lessons God teaches me when I take time to think undistractedly, and (3) new friendships.

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  11. Amy

    It is good to be reminded to be grateful for everyday things. I thank God that I can stay home with my boys while my husband works. Also thankful for plenty of food to eat and a beautiful and safe place to live.

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  12. Jane

    I am thanking the Lord for my sight that allows me to read, for my hearing that opens the way to listen to the birds and to hear encouraging “Jesus Meditations,” and I’m thankful that I can talk and sing. God is good to give us a voice to speak and sing His praises! And thank you to Jennifer for using your amazing writing skills to bless others and to Peter for tackling the challenging task of writing Scripture music. May God richly bless you both in your ministry for Him!

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  13. Donna

    Such a blessing to be able to walk in the afternoon sunshine today, when we’ve had snow and rain for weeks. Also thankful … big time … that my youngest son, who is normally a “mole” in retreat in his bedroom, spent some time with me watching the X-games, and told me to watch the “Top 10 Freestyle Runners” … and some of you will probably be curious enough to check it out yourselves. 🙂 For #3 I’m especially thankful for 2 friends that stood by me through the most difficult trial (so far) of my life.

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    1. Donna

      Well ………. the freestyle runners are amazing (several sites to choose from), but I had to be choosy and turn off the music. My son is a “boarder” … skate, wake, and snow … not my world; but definitely his. I’m sitting here thinking that if Jesus were here, he’d be amazed at the sport, and put his arms around these young men, and smile and laugh at their antics. But definitely change the music!

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  14. Shirley Mann

    I woke up on New Year’s Day thinking “I am rich”. And I wasn’t thinking about money, because I am not what most people would call rich financially, but I am far from poor. What I was thinking of was that my four kids and their spouses all get along, I’m in relatively good health, and I even have an almost 97-year-old mother-in-law who lives nearby that I also get along with. There are plenty of other things I am thankful for: being able to walk (not as fast as I used to), having more time to read (now that I am retired), living where I do (in the country, but near a town), internet access, Skype time each weekend with my kids, and much more.

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  15. Jess

    I am thankful for my kids, my support network and the Jesus meditations! Definitely, has been a huge help on my journey to healing.

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  16. Katrina

    Hi Everyone
    I’m thankful for God who accepts me, loves me with no conditions, takes care of me and my family. I’m thankful for the clean air to breathe, our beautiful place in the country and my husband of 22 years and my children all of whom have taught me many things throughout the years about life, about love, about forgiveness.
    Peace

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  17. Nowelle

    clean water to drink, clean air to breathe and that the sun rises every morning! God is good to us!
    Also the ability to taste and smell. I’ve lost mine temporarily, going on 3 weeks now. At least, I hope and pray it’s temporary.

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  18. Cheryl

    I’m thankful that God hasn’t given up on me and my three sons.
    I’m thankful I have new Jesus believing friends to pray with, for and that they pray for me.
    I’m thankful I live near the beach and fresh bodies of water. I get to see so many of God’s creatures. Dolphins, manatees, and lots of birds. Praise God!

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  19. cree

    1) I have a job that allows me to work from home and is flexible + my boss is really understanding & reasonable. I don’t express my gratitude to God about this as much as I should!

    2) So many avenues for spending time with crafts, making art, & just being creative.. but I instead procrastinate 😬

    3) Time! – ‘nuff said!

    My prayer is that the Lord will help me be more mindful & grateful of His blessings that I take for granted 🙏🏽

    Thank you for this meditation. I want to meditate more throughout the day about this. Maybe it’ll help with countering stress / anxiety!

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  20. Mel

    I’m really thankful for a space to have a big garden…excited for spring to come, thankful for a selfless spouse who is such a constant support, and thankful that we’ve had enough work to keep paying the bills even with everything going on! I’m also thankful I have air in my lungs and can sing on days when I feel defeated!

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  21. Karen

    Grateful for my family, my job and my fish tank(it is very relaxing to watch the beautiful fish swim)! My favorite part of #13 Jesus meditation was the prayer: ‘help me to step away from my constant striving for worthiness into the realm of gift receiving’.
    Praying for all who are listing to these meditations, may you find God’s peace and love irresistible and Satan’s lies intolerable.

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  22. Barbara Kay

    I am thankful to be a daughter of a good Father who wants only what is best for me. I am thankful for eyesight, both physical and spiritual. I am blessed to live in the country and be surrounded by good neighbors.Focusing on my blessings and praising God for his goodness, kindness is much more beneficial than listening to the world news, for I belong to Jesus’ kingdom of grace, restoration, and life.

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  23. Rachel

    Well, there’s so much God has given me that I take for granted.

    One thing I often thank Him for now is feeling hungry and having an appetite. I went through a time when I had problems with anxiety, which made me feel not hungry, or even sick to my stomach, when I tried to eat. I’m so thankful now that I can eat completely normally again!

    The second thing I’ll mention is my family. I take for granted every day that I live in a safe home with a loving family. Family is such a huge influencer on us, and I will always be thankful for the blessing He’s given me there.

    The last thing I’ll share for now is my gratitude for my health. Feeling and functioning normally is a blessing that I only significantly notice when I’m hurting. Sometimes I’ll have a headache or cramps, and then I get a moment when the pain pauses, and just the absence of the pain feels so wonderful in comparison. It’s something I take for granted WAY too much, so right here I’ll praise God for all the things He’s done for me!

    Shout for joy to God, all the earth. Sing the glory of His name, give to Him glorious praise!

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  24. Ann

    I take breathing, hearing, and tasting for granted. What necessary things for life and given freely and lovingly by our Heavenly Father.

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  25. Tara

    I am thankful for solar power to run a fan, clean well water to drink and to use for showers, and internet that reaches us here in the middle of the jungle so we can communicate with loved ones!

    Just three? I am also thankful for a day of rest before our school year starts. I am thankful for my amazing, supportive husband and his willingness to have hard conversations when it is necessary. And I am thankful for my two bratty puppies who keep life interesting.

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  26. Sasha

    I am thankful that my family has many of our wants supplied that far exceed our need. I miss my island home, and while God may not lead us to return there, should the need arise, my family would help us to get there in a heartbeat…on that note, I am grateful that I got to spend 33 years of my life in paradise. Finally, I thank God that I am able to be a stay at home mom. How we make ends meet is a miracle for which I am ever grateful.

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  27. Ericka

    ive been listening to them but not doing this part because ive been listening in bed at night instead of at the computer. 😛
    anyway, now i gotta catch up a bit. if i can get thru them lol

    blessings:

    1. this quiet rural life
    2. hubby & kids
    3. nature and birds <3
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  28. Erin D

    With all that’s happening in some places right now, I’m so thankful to have water, food and heat. I’m so blessed to be safe and comfortable. Praise God for His protection over my life.

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