This is the time of year that we specifically set aside to ponder the things in our lives that we are thankful for. For most of us this is quite easy, but for others (especially those who are not placing their trust in Jesus Christ) it is extremely difficult as they focus on the things happening all around the globe. Bombings, Shootings, ISIS, France, Schools being on lock down somewhere almost daily, the economy, etc. In fact, many people are on the verge of hopelessness! Innocent people being gunned down by officers, or beaten severely. Police being gunned down while sitting in their patrol cars. Children being attacked or abducted on their way to and from schools. These are just a few of the devastating headlines that our eyes behold as we glance at news sources available to us.
But . . . there IS much to be thankful for . . . yes . . . in spite of whatever is happening around us (or to us) – IF – we have made the choice to accept Christ as our Savior. If we rely upon His FINISHED work on Calvary. If we are making it a habit to put Him first in our lives, delighting ourselves in His presence, clinging to His Word, we can have peace, joy and an attitude of gratitude no matter what else is surrounding us!
Are you breathing on your own without any assistance? Be thankful. There are so many that depend upon oxygen tanks, respirators, etc. to make it through the day.
Do you have a roof over your head? A place that is sheltering you from the elements of weather? Be thankful. There are many who are living out on the streets, having to be out in the elements (extreme heat, harsh weather, cold) every day AND night.
Are you walking around; able to drive; able to smell fresh bread or pies baking; able to hear the birds singing; children laughing; able to tie your shoes; able to read a book; able to lift a glass to your lips; able to hug someone; able to speak? Oh, dear ones, there are so very many things we take for granted day after day!
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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.
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 17:33
Thank You, Abba Father, for loving us so much that You sent Your Son to take our place on the altar of sacrifice. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for giving of Yourself on our behalf, and for showing us what The Father is like. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for Your sweet presence every moment of every day; for teaching us, guiding us, and keeping us on the right path. Helping us keep our focus on You and maintaining an attitude of gratitude at all times, not just one day a year! Amen and amen.
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