Thursday, November 22, 2007

Giving Thanks Thursday

Today, probably more than most other days, I think about the many blessings in my life. Of course everyone is thankful for the obvious good things; food, clothing, shelter, job, health, loved ones. It took me some years before understanding that God also wants me to thank Him for trials, too. There are so many examples of Christians that have gone through tragic experiences, even unto death, and have had a testimony of gratefulness for them. Not focusing on the anguish, but on the faith they gain. The most famous example for today's theme would be the Pilgrims. Their losses and hardships were extreme and look at their reputation of gratitude. When bad things make me run to God, read His word and pray "without ceasing", even though my world gets crushed and I may never understand why, He assures me that it is for my spiritual welfare (Romans 8:28), so I really can thank Him for EVERYTHING.

Ephesians 5:20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God;

1Thess. 5:16-18 Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 12:11
All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

Psalm 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word.


Lisa said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Linda! As to your comment on Mom on a Mission's site, your blog is what you need/want it to be. For me it's a do-able hobby, and a way to express myself. I do it for me. Not for the number of comments, not for anyone else, just because I enjoy it. That's why I blog.

Mimi's Toes said...

I didn't realize it was you. I didn't know you had a blog. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your pictures...I will have to read and catch up...Have a Blessed Thanksgiving....

Linds said...

Hi there, and thanks for visiting! For some reason I can't comment on your latest post...blogger says sorry!
I absolutely agree re the earlier and earlier sales, and the temptation to forget the day we are celebrating. Here in England, the Boxing Day sales start earlier and earlier and soon they will be on Christmas day too. Time to step back, and just how much "stuff" do we all need anyway? I will be back.