Posted by: Kris Lindsey | January 7, 2014

Day 2 – Praise God for Bills?

Okay, where’s my calculator? There it is. I pulled it out from under some papers in the drawer and set it alongside my check register and checks. Now I was ready to pay my first-of-the month bills. But wait, according to my connection challenge of the day, I needed to praise God while I paid them.

I praise you, Jesus, for…bills?

No, that wasn’t right. For money to pay the bills? Praise God for money? That wasn’t right either. Praise God for providing the money? No, I thank God for this.

Aha, I praise you, Jesus, for being my Provider.

As my mind focused on God my Provider, I remembered God is Love. Of course, my Heavenly Father provides for my needs because he loves me. And not just me—God loves the whole world.Love earth, heart icon

I looked down at my stack of bills. God provided all those services because he is my Loving Provider. Wow.

Although this praising exercise was harder than I thought it would be, it was worth the effort. Recognizing who God is—his characteristics or attributes—helped me appreciate him more. And the mental calisthenics it took to get there helped me connect with Jesus in a deeper way.

With day 2 well underway, I can definitely say that focusing on God is improving my attitude and my mood. Below is tomorrow’s “Connection Challenge” exercise:

Premise: To receive God’s power and peace in my life, I need to be connected to Jesus (John 15:4-5).

Guidelines: For 21 days, my only goal will be to connect with Jesus throughout each day. I can also do any other activity if I can do it with Jesus.

Connection Aid: Day 3, Wednesday January 8: Read my Bible

Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness…” Tomorrow I will set up a daily Bible reading time early in the day, read Matthew 6: 25-34, and then meditate on these verses throughout the day  as a way of connecting with Jesus.

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  1. I have struggled how to thank God for bills. I like thanking Him for being my provider.

    • Me, too. Thanks again for taking the time to encourage me with your feedback.


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