Bless the Lord, O you his angels,

    you mighty ones who do his word,

    obeying the voice of his word!

Bless the Lord, all his hosts,

    his ministers, who do his will!

Bless the Lord, all his works,

    in all places of his dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul! Psalm 103: 20-22

As we finish out Psalm 103 today, let’s soak in a practice of blessing the Lord by trying Immanuel Journaling. This type of journaling is designed to help followers of Jesus come awake to an interactive conversation with God centered around gratitude.

STEP 1: Gratitude from me to God
Take out a pen and paper to write out your blessings as a prayer to God. Feel free to free write your blessing or try completing the statement “I bless you, Lord, for …” Spend as much time as you need in this state of gratitude.

STEP 2: God’s response to my gratitude
Once you’ve written out your thanksgiving, pause to reflect on what you wrote. As a humble openness to hearing from God, ask God what he would say to you in response to your gratitude. Just start writing and allow the Spirit of God to lead you.

STEP 3: Share with others
Read what you wrote to a friend or group you consider trustworthy or safe. Sharing our interactions with God is a blessing to others because it provides an opportunity to see God and ourselves in a fresh way.

By Yvonne Biel

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