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I love the month of May! The flowers, the light rains, the fun activities outdoors! But it’s special for another reason too. My husband and I started dating in the month of May back in 2001. Three years later, we chose to get married in May too. It’s a special month, but sometimes it lets me down too. Like the 2 anniversaries we spent apart because he was deployed. Or the pretty, light rains, that felt more like monsoons with no end in sight for seeing the sun. Or the flowers that only seem to increase my allergies.
There are so many things that we could complain about, but that only happens when we take our focus off all that we have to be grateful for. That’s where this challenge comes in. Being conscious about all the blessings in my life helps me to stay positive even when faced with difficult situations. And those blessings come from our amazing Heavenly Father who will never let us down! Spend time in His Word this month drawing closer to Him and writing out a verse each day to stay focused on Him.
HOW TO DO THE MAY CHALLENGE
For the whole month, start a Gratitude Journal. Focus on 1-3 things that you are grateful for each and every day. They can be broad or specific. It’s up to you! Even during the darkest of times or seasons, there is always something we can be thankful for.
Grab a notebook and write them down. And spend a moment in prayer of thanks to God for these gifts. That’s just Step 1 in the May Challenge.
STEP 2 – May Scripture Writing
Step 2 is Scripture Writing. Take a moment to quiet yourself from the busy-ness of the season and listen to God’s Word. I’ve carefully selected a different Bible verse for each day of the May Challenge.
We’re instructed to “hide God’s Word in our heart” and this is an easy way to commit a verse to memory by writing it out. Write it in your journal, write it on a 3×5 card, or write it on your bathroom mirror. Just take a moment to write it down and practice saying it throughout your day. I’ve decided to write each verse 2-3 times in my Journal each day. (Repetition is my best teacher.)
And then wrap up your day with Step 3. This is something I would encourage you to do at the end of your day. Take a moment to reflect on your day and write out a memory. What was your Favorite Part of the Day?
This is another way to stay thankful. This could be anything from an event that happened that day or as simple as your child picking up their toys without having to be asked. Try to look for the good.
Maybe you’ve heard the old hymn that says to “Count your many blessings, name them one by one.” That’s what we’re doing. The more we focus on the goodness all around us, the less time we have to be negative. But also, it gives us the chance to reflect on all that God has done. As time goes on, take a second to flip back to the beginning of your Journal and see the ways that God has answered prayer and given to you in abundance! (Just another thing to increase your gratitude too!)
AND TO COMPLETE THE MAY CHALLENGE EACH DAY, LET ME KNOW HOW IT’S GOING! I’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU’RE THANKFUL FOR ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/SINCERELYANCHORED.
POST A PHOTO OF YOUR DAYS. I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR ABOUT WHAT GOD IS DOING IN YOUR LIFE!