How to Walk with God ALL Day (#40Thanks)

We all want to walk with God, but if you’re like me, it’s hard to put your finger on what that looks like exactly.

There are lots of ways to connect with God, but maybe we’re overcomplicating the spiritual life. If God meant for children to come to Him, surely the joy of knowing Jesus is smack dab in front of us. And maybe it is, but we’re too busy with our checklists and cat videos to see Him.

In times like those, God may use the writings of friends to refocus our attention. Like this quote from the lovely Ann Voskamp:

When I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me.

The simple truth is we learn to walk with God when we begin to see Him at work all around us and converse with Him about it. In that constant conversation with our Creator, as we give thanks, our hearts become more attune to the Spirit, and He begins to grow within us.

Making Lent Count–By Counting Blessings

Every year for Lent, millions of people fast from something precious to them in hopes of gaining a deeper understanding of Jesus. I’ve done that, too: I’ve given up sugar, Facebook, and Downton Abby, and more.How to Walk with God

But what if, rather than giving something up for Lent, we actually gave something out during Lent? What if rather than being focused on the things we can’t have because of our self-imposed restrictions, we celebrate the abundance of what we DO have and recognize all the ways Jesus manifests Himself in our day-to-day lives?

How Thanking Others Can Help Us Walk with God

Let’s be clear about one thing: making a list of blessings isn’t going to get us extra favor with God. Jesus already secured for us God’s eternal grace, and He couldn’t love us any more than He already does.

My prayer is that we’ll learn to see and savor Jesus Christ in the little things this season leading up to Easter, and that our walks with God would become just that: a constant motion forward, thanking Him and others throughout our day instead of just a few moments every morning.

Because if visiting the sick and clothing the naked and feeding the poor all mean we do it to Jesus, isn’t thanking someone in Jesus’ Name also thanking Jesus?

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The #40Thanks Challenge

The #40Thanks Challenge is simply this: every day for the duration of Lent, thank one person for something they’ve done, and then thank God for that person.

It’s that simple.

If you need a little extra help, I’ll post a Bible verse or quote about giving thanks on Facebook every day, as well as a challenge to help you thank people around you.

You can join me by sharing your journey using the hashtag #40Thanks. I’d love to hear what God is revealing to you in this period of learning to see Him in the lives of others.

Some days, that may mean a heartfelt “Thank You” or a handwritten thank you note. Other days it might be a shout-out on Twitter or a photo tagging a friend. And on some special days, it might be a loaf of warm chocolate banana bread. But the point isn’t what we’ll be DO-ing; my prayer is we’ll begin SEE-ing Jesus all around us and begin BE-ing filled with His Spirit of gratitude.

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Are you ready to embark on a journey of walking with God? Let’s begin by seeing Him in the lives of those around us and thanking them.

I’ll start.

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  1. Lisa notes

    I agree that we can overcomplicate our spiritual life. Walking with God can eventually come as natural as breathing. I’m thankful for all the sisters and brothers who have helped me develop that daily walk with him. Thanks for the extra encouragement here, Asheritah!

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  2. Amy Talbott

    Stopping by from #TellHisStory. I have been thinking a lot about Lent this year. More than in the past. I have not grown up in a tradition of Lent. But I am learning the benefit of such a practice. Thank you for sharing.

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      asheritahc

      I know! I didn’t grow up with Lent either, so I’ve been learning to navigate this season with prayer and caution. I’m excited about these next 7 weeks, though!

  3. Betsy

    This is a great idea, Asheritah, expressing gratefulness to God AND to people around us. I love the idea of DOING something for Lent rather than giving up something. Wonderful.

  4. Tina M Wright

    I absolutely love this idea of giving thanks during lent. Thank you for challenging us to grow closer to God by thanking Him for the people He has put in our lives and thanking those around us for the ways God has worked through them to bless us. Great idea; Thanks for sharing, Asheritah!

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      asheritahc

      Yay! So excited to have you join me, Karrilee! And what a great idea to give up negativity and replace it with positivity. I definitely think #40Thanks will lend itself to this practice. Looking forward to sharing this journey with you!

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      asheritahc

      Oh Susan, you warm my heart. I’m thankful for you and my OTA readers. You ladies are such a wonderful community–an unexpected blessing!

  5. Danise Jurado

    I am so glad you stopped by my blog so that I could find yours!
    sharing gratitude and appreciation with those around us definitely encourages and spreads the hope and love of Christ! Love your heart for Jesus and your blog! Blessings to you!! 🙂

    following you on twitter now so we can stay in touch

  6. Janis Cox

    Hi Asheritah,
    So true what you say. And conversing with God – that’s the bottom line. If we can teach others to talk to God as a friend, but also worship Him as our creator – wouldn’t that be awesome. I love the ACTS way of remembering. Adoration, Confession, Thanks, Supplication.
    Thanks for linking to Sunday Stillness,
    Blessings,
    Janis

  7. Lisha Epperson

    Noticing has been the perfect offshoot to my #oneword365 “SLOW”. Walking through my days with deliberate intention has caused me to notice the images of His glory I don’t usually see. And He’s everywhere. Your post encourages me to actively apply the expression of gratitude for all the things I’ve noticed. I love it. Thank you Asheritah.

    1. Gloria

      “With deliberate intention”….I love that. Looking for Him, and noticing Him and His in our day.
      Thank you for those three words. I love words !
      Bless You,
      gloria craig

  8. Mary Geisen

    Great idea Asheritah! This year Lent has become a time of looking within myself and asking God to enter and reside in my everyday. I do agree that giving thanks and thanking God as well is so important. Thank you for linking up to The Weekend Brew.

  9. Charisse

    Good Morning, although this was last year and this year has gone by, it will be a blessing to start 2017 off with giving thanks to God and those that has and still are making a difference in my life. I’m truly grateful for everyone that has been a true friend and family member that has encouraged me to do the right things in life, to be pleasing in God’s eyes. I’m thankful for those who have been there for me during the hardship that I’m going through, that has been my shoulder, provided for me, fed me, and encouraged me to know that I can do All things through Christ Jesus, according to his Glory and Riches by Christ Jesus. Thank you Lord for showing me that I am some one worthy of Love, Respect, Joy, Peace, Happiness and Prosperity. Thank you Lord for Loving me in spite of who I am and I look forward to the new me!

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