Grocery store displays are filled with cranberries, stuffing and pumpkin pie makings. The spotlight shines on the confection isle: brown sugar, powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and miniature marshmallows come to the forefront. It’s their time to shine. The star of the show is headlining in the back of the store. Mounds of turkeys stack up in freezer bins, like a choreographed spirit squad pyramid.
Thanksgiving Is Upon Us.
The scrapbook of my mind is filled with images of playing football in the yard with my brothers and the cousins I saw once a year on that day. I was usually the youngest, so I did more watching than playing. Impressions of long tables filled with homey decorations, trays of pickles, carrot sticks and olives (best eaten right off your fingertips). The aroma of baked pies, fresh rolls, and of course roasted turkey fill my memory banks with warmth and comfort.
I Have So Much To Be Thankful For.
I can roll out a lengthy list of THINGS for which I am thankful, and I am truly thankful for all the tangible blessings in my life. God has given me more than I ever imagined and I praise Him. I want to give thanks for the intangible blessings in my life. It is the unseen things that give value. Things come and things go, but the blessings of the Spirit are the bedrock of my life.
Peace of mind and peace of heart are a treasure that cannot be bought. Peace only comes from God. It comes from being at peace with Him. It is a peace that cannot be explained: only experienced. It is not reliant on the conditions of my life and those around me. It is a peace that overrides chaos and turmoil. It is a peace that defies fear. It is a peace that permeates pain.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16
Lots of things make me happy: my husband, my kids, my ‘lil dog, my friends, my home, new shoes, ect., (the tangible things). But they are not the source of my joy. Joy comes from within. Joy comes from the Lord. Joy comes from choosing His way. Happiness is fickle. Joy is trustworthy.
“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11
“The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.” Psalm 19:8
I am so very thankful for God’s strength. Yes, I am grateful for the physical strength He has given me, treasuring it and respecting it with the knowledge that it can vanish in a moment.
I am thankful for the inner strength of the Lord: strength that rises up when your heart breaks down, strength that holds to the course when the pull of life’s wreckage is so fierce, strength that gives grit to your faith, and gumption to your spirit. It is the strength that makes the impossible possible.
“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD. They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness. For you are their glory and strength, and by your favor you exalt our horn.” Psalm 89:15-17
“The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.” Psalm 118:14
I am so thankful for love. I can’t even imagine life without it. I am thankful for the astonishing love of God and the gracious love of family and friends. Love is a subject on it’s own. I will expound more on this in my next post.
Come And See
The hand of the Lord in our lives is truly awesome. He has done so much for us on our behalf. I have walked the road where peace is threatened, joy is endangered, and strength is jeopardized, but God has never failed me. I only need to reach out to Him; He is always there to take my hand and lead me. I am thankful for God’s work in my life.
What works of the Lord are you thankful for?