Gratitude Week One: God Loves Me

WEEK ONE: GOD LOVES ME

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I used to think of God as a distant loving being that got everything in creation started, then set-up a bunch of physical and ethical rules to grow everything and keep it going. After that, God let go and watched, still loving us, but from afar. 

Then one day on a field trip in high school, I notice that one of my eyes could not read a vision chart, not at all! I began to see doctors three days a week for months. Something was making holes in the back of my eye, in my retina, irreparable holes. I even went to Grand Rounds where doctors got in line to look into my dilated eye. Specialist to specialist I went! Until finally, I was referred to a kind doctor, who let me call him Danny, and he said go home and rest for 3 weeks while he studied all the many tests that had been run. Much to all our surprise when I returned, my eye had healed itself, all except one spot in the center of my retina. Danny proclaimed this a miracle and told me because this was so well documented, I would go down in medical history. I never expected this! I also never prayed for it! But here it was! Healing! God became very personal to me that day. 

Christa Midkiff

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Dear God, thank You for loving me! I pray for a deeper confidence and trust in Your care and nearness. Help me to recognize You in my life more and morel Amen.


Day One:

Day One: We are like children in the arms of Jesus. We want to trust him. We want him to be close to us in our joys and sorrows. Jesus wants to be close to each of us. Use these verses as a prayer to help you discover a deeper trust in God because of the love He has for you. 

Mark 10:13-16 -- Lord, just as people were bringing little children to You to place your hands on them, I pray you would put your hands on me. When the disciples rebuked people for doing this, You saw this and were indignant. You said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 

Lord, give me the heart and faith of child. Let me feel your love. I know that just as You took the children in your arms and placed your hands on them and blessed them, You want to do the same for me. And I want that too. Amen. 

Ask yourself: Who am I in this Scripture? the child? the one pushing the children away? How do I push You away God? How do I receive Your blessings? Do You have a message for me today? If so, help me see and hear how this Scripture speaks to my life right now, today.


Day Two:

PRAYER: Dear God, thank You for loving me! I pray for a deeper confidence and trust in Your care and nearness. Help me to recognize You in my life more and morel Amen. 

Day Two: We are all disciples of Jesus. We want to trust him. As we live out our lives, we want to prioritize Jesus. Use these verses as a prayer to help you recognize what might distract you and to help you discover a deeper trust in God because of the love He has for you. 

Luke 12:22-34 -- Lord, Jesus tells me, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 

And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” 

I want to believe in Your provision. I want to lay down my worries. I don’t want to be afraid; instead, I want to believe You have been pleased to give ME the kingdom. If I need to sell my possessions and give to the poor, tell me to and I will because I know that what you offer will never wear out, is a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. Help me believe that where my treasure is, there my heart will be also. Make my heart like yours. Amen. 

Ask Yourself: What would it look like if you had no worries? What would it look like to have a treasure that never failed, where no thief could come and no moth could destroy? Use these verses as a prayer to help


Day Three:

PRAYER: Dear God, thank You for loving me! I pray for a deeper confidence and trust in Your care and nearness. Help me to recognize You in my life more and morel Amen. 

Day Three: God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. What He did for the patriarchs of our faith, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, He will do for you. As you read this Old Testament passage, hear it with God’s voice to you, today. 

Isaiah 43:1-4 – Lord, You are the one who created Jacob and formed Israel of old. And You created me! As my Creator, help me remember what You have said, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” 

These truths about who You are remind me that You are in control. 

That just as You gave Egypt for Israel’s ransom, You have allowed Your Son to be my ransom. 

That means I am precious and honored in Your sight because You love me, 

You gave Your only Son in exchange for ME, for my life! Thank you! Amen. 

Ask Yourself: Recall a time when you knew God was with you. What was that like? If you cannot think of a time like this, imagine what that might be like. Journal your responses.


Day Four: 

PRAYER: Dear God, thank You for loving me! I pray for a deeper confidence and trust in Your care and nearness. Help me to recognize You in my life more and morel Amen. 

Day Four: So often, we try and try for healthy success. Sometimes, we can’t see the results of our efforts. Then, unexpectedly, after we’ve thrown in the towel, results appear from thin air! 

Luke 5:4-7 – Lord, When You had finished speaking, You said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” 

And when they acted in faith and did so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. They even had to signal their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. 

This is such a demonstration of Your perfect and abundant provision. Let my faith be like that of Peter and the disciples. Let me trust that You will provide. Amen. 

Ask Yourself: When have you been surprised by a “full net”?


Day Five:

PRAYER: Dear God, thank You for loving me! I pray for a deeper confidence and trust in Your care and nearness. Help me to recognize You in my life more and morel Amen. 

Day Five: We want God to be close to us, to be with us in all our life experiences. We want to trust him. Jesus also wants to be close to each of us. Use these verses as a prayer to help you discover a deeper trust in God because of the love He has for you. 

Psalm 23 (NIV) – Lord, these words of David have a full history and deep meaning. As I pray them aloud to You today, may my spirit be renewed by their truths: 

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 

You prepare a table before me 

in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Amen. 

Ask Yourself: What are some green pastures and quiet waters in your life? Do you voluntarily seek them out and spend time there? Why or why not? What does “fear no evil” mean for you? How is this possible? Do you find it easy or difficult?


Day Six:

PRAYER: Dear God, thank You for loving me! I pray for a deeper confidence and trust in Your care and nearness. Help me to recognize You in my life more and morel Amen. 

Day Six: Drawing strength from what impresses us is a temptation we often don’t recognize at all. Use this prayer as a reminder of the strength we are offered in trusting God every day! 

Psalm 121 – Lord, I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. 

You will not let my foot slip— You who watches over me will not slumber; Indeed, You who watches over Israel (my home) will neither slumber nor sleep. 

Lord, You watch over me and those I love— You are the shade at my right hand; The sun will not harm me by day, nor the moon by night. 

Lord, You will keep me and those I love from all harm— You will watch over my life; You will watch over my coming and going both now and forevermore. Amen 

Ask Yourself: After reading this Scripture slowly a couple of times, and just listening to what it is saying, does anything stand out? Is there anything new that you never before noticed in this Scripture? If so, ask yourself what this might mean in your life. Ask God why this is standing out now?


Day Seven:

PRAYER: Dear God, thank You for loving me! I pray for a deeper confidence and trust in Your care and nearness. Help me to recognize You in my life more and morel Amen. 

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Day Seven: Look over your notes/prayers from the past week. What seems meaningful to you? Did you receive any insight, inspiration, or challenge? Does something require more prayer of discernment? We don’t decide when God will “show up;” instead, we want to be ready and aware when He does. Whatever your experience this week, stay committed. God is! 

Catherine HortonComment