I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted, and it’s only Monday. Our dryer went out on Friday, so I’ve been hauling clothes to our old house to wash. Only today, I realized the key to the old house is in my DH truck! So, no washing clothes for us today. However, I did pick up groceries thanks to Kroger’s ClickList, for Thanksgiving. All of my family will be elsewhere for the holiday. I have 2 clients back to back, so I won’t be going anywhere for Thanksgiving or Christmas. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t with my mom on Thanksgiving. I sound like a five year old, but it’ll be hard. I love my family, and unlike most, look forward to getting together with them.
I’ve noticed everything “Thanksgiving” related is already taken down, in stores, etc. Which is odd. We don’t take the time to enjoy one holiday before decorating for the next. (If you’re one of these people, please don’t get offended). I know a lot of people already have their tree up before Thanksgiving. Don’t get me wrong, Christmas is my FAVORITE. However, I want to make sure to celebrate Thanksgiving, giving it it’s fair time and energy. Sunday, I heard in a sermon, that Thanksgiving isn’t about just being with family, eating lots of good food, watching football, or even giving thanks for that food. It’s about being thankful for every thing. Every single thing God has given you: be it a flat tire that delayed you five minutes causing you to miss a deadly accident, or be it an “A” on that exam you studied really hard for, or better yet, the family you have that loves and supports you unequivocally. Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks to GOD for all the happenings in our life. Even in the storms, we should give Him thanks.
The Bible mentions giving God thanks a number of times. Some of my favorite verses are: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In everything, give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (It’s His WILL)
1 Chronicles 16:34 “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” (He loves you FOREVER)
Psalm 100:4 “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.” (Come to Him while giving Him thanks)
2 Corinthians 9:15 “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (that would be Jesus and the PROMISE of eternal life!)
There are many ,many more that I could list. The point is: Give thanks to God. He alone is worthy and deserving of our thanks and praise. We should do this every day of the year, but especially on a day set aside to do so. I have so much to be thankful for. I won’t try to name everything because it would be overwhelming. I will say this though: if you are going through something negative, something that seems pointless and painful, please remember God WILL use it to His glory. He has a plan. Go ahead and thank Him now. Thank Him for the storm you are enduring, because without His strength you wouldn’t be able to. Thank Him for using you. Thank Him for being who He is: the one and only true God.