Hello! How is everyone? I hope all is well. Sorry, I didn’t write last week, I had technical difficulties. Moving on… Can you believe that Thanksgiving is this Thursday? Do you realize that there are so many things to be thankful for? Will you remember to count your blessings? Can you even recognize your blessings? If you are able to read this, then thank God you are alive (and that you can read)!
We are to have an attitude of thanksgiving all year round-not just one day a year. It is so easy to complain about our lives and our circumstances, but for those who are true believers in Christ, we are to purpose to be thankful-in all things. Here is an example from my own life. I have been praying for a change within my company and I recently applied for two different positions. My friend, Amy and I pray every week for various things, including these job opportunities for me. We will always pray for God’s will in our lives and that He would make it very clear as to His direction regarding our prayer requests. When I was thinking and praying for a scripture for this week’s blog, the above scripture kept going around in my head. Well, today, I found out that God “closed the door” on the two job opportunities I was praying for. So, what was my immediate reaction? To give thanks to God-for this was His will concerning me. Was I bummed out? Yes! Disappointed? Yes! But then, I had to take a breath and realize that God has His best interest for my life, therefore, it is His will for me.
I know that being thankful or thanking God is not easy. It isn’t natural either. “I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.” (Psalm116:7) It is because of God’s love for us that we are able to thank Him. “Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (Psalm 106:1) It is because God brought salvation to all of us through His Son, Jesus that we are able to be thankful for our very lives. Once we receive Jesus into our lives, He forgives our sins and gives us the promise of eternal life! How does one say thank you to a gift of such eternal value? “You will say in that day: I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me.” (Isaiah 12:1) We are truly victorious in Jesus Christ and it is only because of who He is. “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)
It is my prayer that you are able to be thankful at this juncture of your life. I understand about the hard times. Right now I don’t know many people who aren’t experiencing various hard times or loss (myself included). There was much loss in my own life this year. Even still, I submit to the Sovereign will God has for me even though I have no specific “map” for my journey at this time. I trust in Him and am thankful that He is my Savior, God, and friend. “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.” (I1 Chronicles 29:11-13)
My prayer for you this thanksgiving season is that you see God in all things and that every good and precious gift is from Him. Have a Happy, Healthy and Blessed Thanksgiving and in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you. “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17)
I would like to leave the following scripture for you to think upon as you continue to walk Every Day, With Grace:
“Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. Know that he Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good;His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100)
In His Love,