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Give Thanks

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Thanksgiving is the season to focus on the provision and goodness of God

Much of life is consumed with long days and short nights in hopes that our hard work will lead to enough provision to get us where we want to be in life.

The first Thanksgiving living in a foreign land may seem vaguely similar to the past year. It has been a year of hardships, surprises, struggles, and a lot of hard work. However, it has also been a year of new beginnings and God’s blessings. 

New beginnings are wonderful! I love the vision part the very most because the passion is fresh, the picture is clear, and obstacles have yet to be imagined. As with all beginnings, there is an uncomfortable stage that involves the unknown questions and answers that can create doubt regarding where the conquest will truly end. Will we really succeed? Will life ever feel normal again?

And, then, we make it! Through it all we stop and count our blessings. We often find ourselves weary, but blessed indeed. 

When I focus on what I don’t have, I overlook obvious blessings that I do have. But when I focus on my blessings I am able to live in the moment with a greater inner peace and positive energy.

Focus on how far you’ve come by counting each blessing that you truly treasure in your heart. Take time to be thankful that God is God! He promised to go with you and complete the good things He began in your life.

Take time to celebrate your gain and always give thanks.

This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 NASB)

Archive #213 – Being Thankful

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Thanksgiving is the season to focus on the provision and goodness of God.

Much of life is consumed with long days and short nights, making schedules in hopes hard work will lead to enough money for food and family.  The first Thanksgiving living in a foreign land may seem vaguely similar to 2009.  It has been a year of hardships, surprises, struggles and lots of hard work.

It has also been a year of new beginnings and God’s blessings.  New beginnings are wonderful!  I suppose I love the vision part the very most because the passion is fresh, the picture is clear and obstacles have yet to be imagined.  But, as with all beginnings there is the ugly stage, the unknown, the questions, and the sprig of doubt of where the conquest will truly end.  Will we really succeed and will life ever be good with a sense of normalcy again? And, then, we make it!  Through it all we stop and count our blessings.  We find we’re weary but blessed indeed.

When I focus on what I don’t have I overlook obvious blessings that I possess.  Focus on how far you’ve come.  Look each blessing in the eye, rehearsing the good, and letting it linger in your mind. Take time to be thankful that God is God! He promised to go with you and complete the good things He began in your life. Take time to celebrate your gain and ever give thanks.

Archive #175 – Thanksgiving

Friday, November 28th, 2008

The first Thanksgiving defined hard times and difficult circumstances. The players in this drama wanted to go forward even at the cost of personal hard work, going out of their comfort and safety zone into uncharted territory. Freedom was counted better than stifled comforts.

They sought the new life. I wonder if they thought it would be perfect? We know they didn’t reach a utopia of total perfection devoid of wish lists because this is where we live! They did find blessing mixed with hardships.

Agendas the past year might not have produced a single day that could be recorded as totally, one hundred percent perfect…complete and lacking nothing. Experience knows that mixed with joy a smidge of sadness can be found under a microscope. But, know that under the same flood of sorrow’s tears can be found blessings.

So, if perfection is what you seek as you eat turkey or visit with friends you may find that happiness is beyond yonder reach. But, if telescoping blessings is your life’s creed then you have evoked sprinkles of heaven while yet living on earth. Stop often to count your blessing in the midst of tough times. An unthankful heart will never have enough. Thankful hearts will reap a harvest even in the winter.