Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his faithful love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord proclaim that he has redeemed them from the power of the foe
and has gathered them from the lands—from the east and the west, from the north and the south.
Some wandered in the desolate wilderness, finding no way to a city where they could live.
They were hungry and thirsty; their spirits failed[b] within them.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; he rescued them from their distress.
He led them by the right path to go to a city where they could live.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his faithful love and his wondrous works for all humanity.
For he has satisfied the thirsty and filled the hungry with good things.
Psalm 107:1-9 CSB
Five Simple Breath Prayers to Spark Thanksgiving Joy in Your Soul
The month of November is the time of the year when we talk about being thankful.
But for many of us, it’s the beginning of navigating the holidays – and having to remember the people, places, and stories that are difficult or wounding.
God knows your longings and the anxieties you’ve put to the side. But, when the holidays come – and everything beautiful and filtered (image crafted) starts getting posted into our social media feeds and commercials and music starts playing – your heart becomes tender again. You feel deeply and your hidden hopes and memories return.
As you wonder how thanksgiving can touch your heart, look down. See the loving hand of Jesus gently fold your hand into His. Turn to look into His gentle gaze upon you and His complete understanding for all you’ve whispered into the night.
Jesus knows how you feel. He loves you. Jesus tenderly whispers, I will be with you. I won’t leave you. You’re mine.
Maybe it’s hard to hear God’s whispers of love for you – because the world is so noisy, where everything seems to celebrate perfect stories, perfect endings, and perfect beauty.
But, I’m here to say, Life doesn’t have to be perfect, in order for you to be perfectly loved. You have something beautiful that far surpasses the image of perfection. You and I can celebrate the joy of being God’s beloved.
Help me, God.
Thank you for never letting me go.
“Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk, for I give myself to You.” Psalm 143:8
Whatever’s happening this week, hold onto God’s hand. He’s not letting go of you. He’s walking into every situation you’re facing, with you.
Gather your courage and ask for the strength to do what you must do, just for this one next step. Trust He will provide what comes next. Jesus will not abandon the work of His hands — He is not letting go of you. No way, no how. You are His beloved.
Hold onto me, Jesus.
Thank you for the gentle ways you love me.
“For great is your steadfast love toward me…” Psalm 86:13
“Your right hand supported me and your gentleness makes me great.
You gave a wide path for my steps under me, and my feet did not slipped.”
We may not know the way but the God who loves you not only knows the way – He intimately knows your way.
No matter what, He will lead you all the way.
Give me courage, Jesus.
Thank you for the beautiful seeds you’ve planted in me.
“Don’t dig up in doubt what you’ve planted in faith.” -Elizabeth Elliot
You know the thing you’re doubting about yourself? That quiet idea that rises in your heart now and then? It’s the very seed God placed in you that’s unique. The way you think, the way you feel, what inspires you. You might look around and wonder if it’s good enough. Will other people like it? Will they like me?
Yet, God gently whispers –
Will you sow it? Will you dare to blossom? With me?
“If you say, ‘Surely the darkness of my doubts about myself will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night, and no one recognizes my worth,’
I will answer you tenderly –Even the darkness is not dark to me,
I see you. All and every beautiful part of you.
And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to me.
For I formed your inward parts; I wove you together in your mother’s womb.
You are beautiful. You were conceived
in creativity and beauty deep in my heart.
I want you to shine. You are mine.”
Inspired by Psalm 139:11–13
As I wrestled with my fears and my desires with a new dea God put on my heart, this conversation in the psalms flowed. May these whispers of rest bring you peace.
Make a way, Jesus.
Thank you for loving me as I am.
“Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.”
The world says prove yourself. God says be yourself. Utterly unique, perfectly loved.
God assures us: Don’t give up. I will make a way.
That quiet seed you planted and thought maybe it can’t survive? It’s still there, sweet friend. God is still gently wooing you, to step out and water with Him by your side, together.
But how? And when — now? Questions and doubts are a part of faith coming alive, pointing you to something new! Just don’t push that moment of inspiration and longing away because of them. Draw nearer to Jesus, confiding in all that’s hidden in your heart.
Help me believe, Jesus.
Thank you – nothing is impossible for you.
“Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine
after the guests have had too much to drink.
But you have saved the best for last.”
Lie: It’s too late.
Truth: It’s never too late. God saves the best for last.
Don’t look back, beautiful one. Love takes your hand forward. Our best days are ahead of us because the great God we follow is ahead of us. Nothing too big is impossible for God. More importantly —nothing too small is impossible for God, either.
The beauty of faith isn’t measured by how far you’ve walked or what you’ve accomplished. It’s found in the Person walking with you. And Jesus faithfully, tenderly loves you irrevocably!
Which prayer touches your heart with thanksgiving?
What do you long for this month? Share it as a prayer.