An attitude of gratitude…. I googled “gratitude” just for fun, and found that there are actual health benefits from deciding to be grateful and counting your blessings. There are so many articles! Feelings of gratitude can boost your immune system, and you’ll even eat less fat. It says so right HERE on this article from Today.com, so it’s must be true, or somewhat true. (There are scientific studies to back it up people!)

So here we are, November 3rd! Day three of gratitude as we prepare for Thanksgiving. Every year I start this project, and sadly I fall off midway through. Hopefully Kim can keep me going though (she loves a good project!) and I can keep up. It might be a cell phone picture some days, but that’s real life. There are day’s I don’t take any pictures with my Sony. (gasp!) I have to remember to give myself grace, and so do you. That’s something I am truly grateful for … grace. Gods grace (as I learned in AWANA years ago) is a free gift we don’t deserve. That’s what so beautiful about it. No one deserves it, but it’s there, and it’s free. We are allowed grace days! (Phhhewwww!) The point of this project is to find things daily to be grateful for, and snap a picture of them.. then share why you are grateful. Not to brag about what you have, but to begin that “attitude of gratitude” we need more of today, and to inspire others to find the small things, or big things they are grateful for. (preaching to myself here!)  I am going to have my kids start this too. I might share some of theirs as well! (This is a great project to do together with your kids!)

If you’d like to follow my daily gratitude project you can come follow me on Instagram @amy_cyphers. I’ll probably post some on our Wild Child page too @thewildchildphotography. Kim has been posting hers there already! She’s been doing some really neat lay flats with her gratitude project.

So on to today… Today I am grateful for prayer. I’d say that I haven’t always been the best at giving my troubles to God, or thanking him as often as I should, but this has been an area of growth for me and I am growing. I love praying! Sometimes I write it down, sometimes I kneel, sometimes I just lay in my warm bed and talk to Him. Just like with friendship, when we talk more to friends we are more connected. When I talk to God, I am more connected to Him, and more aware of others needs too.

Sweet Hour of Prayer, is one of my favorite hymns and one I hadn’t thought of in a long time until I found it in an old hymnal while looking for Pierson’s Piano lesson book in the piano seat. I googled the history of it and thought it was so interesting that the Author of this hymn, William Walford (1772-1850) was actually blind. There’s so much more to the story… Read on here if you like, it’s worth the read.

I created a new lock screen too if you’d like something pretty to look at and it’s also a sweet reminder to pray when you glance at your phone. (Think of all the prayers we’d pray if we said even a short one every time we looked at the time or checked our messages! Wow people! Let’s do this!) Just click the link and download it onto your phone, and set it to your lock screen or background.

Here’s my simple image. I hope you join us on being grateful daily! I think it’s a habit worth forming.

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Sweet Hour of Prayer

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief,
My soul has often found relief
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
The joys I feel, the bliss I share,
Of those whose anxious spirits burn
With strong desires for thy return!
With such I hasten to the place
Where God my Savior shows His face,
And gladly take my station there,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
Thy wings shall my petition bear
To Him whose truth and faithfulness
Engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since He bids me seek His face,
Believe His Word and trust His grace,
I’ll cast on Him my every care,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
May I thy consolation share,
Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height,
I view my home and take my flight:
This robe of flesh I’ll drop and rise
To seize the everlasting prize;
And shout, while passing through the air,
“Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!”

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