Giving Thanks

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We have so many things to be thankful for. The Thanksgiving holiday is a time when we can slow our busy lives and simply give thanks and gratitude for all that we are blessed with.

When I look at my life, I am so blessed and thankful to have the family and friends I am surrounded by. Their comfort and love help guide me in my life so I can live the life God is calling me to. God certainly knows what he is doing when he places is in the care of caring people.

The comforts in life are also something we give thanks for. The talents, gifts and abilities God gave us enables us to achieve this lifestyle. Certainly we have more than we need. So basically, I give thanks for all God has blessed me with.

Many people this time of year do not have easy lives. There are so many people who do not have a healthy family or stable friends. I give thanks to The Lord for the ability to help and to show people, even though they do not know earthly Human love, there is a Heavenly Father who loves them unconditionally and will never leave nor forsake them.

When I look at everything I have, I am reminded how many people are going without basic necessities for life. I am thankful to God for this abundance to live but mostly so I can ease another’s live with a luxury or essential they may not have. Being able to give is a great blessing. I am so thankful to be able to give!

Sadly, we all know people who have way more than they need and still crave and covet more just to have the items. I give thanks for the opportunities to teach and show people they do not need more “stuff”, we just need to know the love of God. When we know this incredible love and live in it, we see the world as God does and we simplify our lives to make sure others can simply live.

Praise God for all blessings. Praise God for you!

Give thanks to the Lord because he is good. God’s faithful love lasts forever! Give thanks to the God of all gods— God’s faithful love lasts forever. Give thanks to the Lord of all lords— God’s faithful love lasts forever. Give thanks to the only one who makes great wonders— God’s faithful love lasts forever. Give thanks to the one who made the skies with skill— God’s faithful love lasts forever. Give thanks to the one who shaped the earth on the water— God’s faithful love lasts forever. Give thanks to the one who made the great lights— God’s faithful love lasts forever. The sun to rule the day— God’s faithful love lasts forever. The moon and the stars to rule the night— God’s faithful love lasts forever! (Psalms 136:1-9 CEB)

Many Blessings

So often in this life, we tend to focus solely on our own circumstances and situations. When we think others are getting things we want, or we feel we deserve, we can place ourselves into a dangerous mindset.

There is a reason the last commandment is “Do not desire your neighbor’s house. Do not desire and try to take your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox, donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:17).

Always looking at what other people have and what we don’t have makes us lose focus of the many ways we are blessed. We have many more blessings than we realize, all we need to do is open our eyes and our hearts.

The first commandment is “You must have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:2). Keeping this commandment means that we are trusting in the guidance of God and the ways God works through us. We can have so many “gods” in our life (TV, video games, computer, phone, friends, food, etc…), but none of these “gods” can ever be as personal and as life giving as Jesus Christ.

The truth is that Jesus Christ (God in human flesh) came to earth to live a life we couldn’t live and he died a gruesome death. Jesus knows how we are tempted, how other “gods” try to take control of our lives, but he still died for you and for me. 3 days later, he proved death and the world could not keep him down, so he rose from the dead (Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 23, John 20). He rose to show the power he gives us through the Holy Spirit is enough to strengthen us and to show us we truly have everything we need in Christ and do not need to worry we do not have enough. You have been gifted with so much more than you may know. Seek to live a live of gratitude and you will find abundant peace and joy from the Creator of the Universe who perfectly created you.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:
1) What are some things I am thankful for?
2) What will I do to not allow the other “gods” to control me?
3) Who can I help to remind them they are loved and adored by God?

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