Oh, give thanks to the Lord for He is good for His mercy endures forever! This year Thanksgiving will look very different for us. It is no longer focused on food or family. It is a day of pure Thanksgiving to the LORD.
'Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.' - 1Thess 5:16-18 God's beautiful, perfect will for me is to rejoice always in every situation whether good, bad, sorrowful or joyful. For He is worthy of all my praise. He is my eternal joy. He never changes and He never leaves me. His goodness, His mercy and His love for me never falters. It is not based on me or my present circumstances but solely on His unchanging character. Thank you Jesus. His will for me is to pray without ceasing. Oh, how I cherish this. For He is my constant companion. I am never alone and He is always there to listen to me, comfort me, encourage me and challenge me for more. More of Jesus every day, every hour, minute and second. His voice is always in my head. All I have to do is listen. God's will for me is always for my benefit. He strives to draw me closer and to reveal Himself in greater depths. More than anything else God uses our need, pain, suffering and the hard, hard things we go through.. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for me! Everything means everything. So I wholeheartedly must thank Him for the hard, the horrible, the unthinkable in my life because He tells me to. It is for my benefit. It lifts my burdens and focuses me on eternity. Melissa would always say," God has eternal plans for me.: Yes He does. Our pain is momentary but the benefits are eternal. Join me this Thanksgiving in whole heartedly thanking the LORD for all things. Focus on all the good things He has given you and all He has done throughout your life. Be grateful for the small and little blessings in your day. Say thank you Lord for all the difficult people in your life as well as those who bless you and love you. Say thank you for the plenty and the sparse. Take time to pray and tell the LORD how much you appreciate Him, not only for all He has done for you; but most importantly for who He is. The greatest gift of all is Jesus Himself who gave His life for us so we can live eternally secure in His love forever. I am thankful for you on this Thanksgiving day. You have blessed me and encouraged me along my journey. My prayer for you is for an abundant life filled with the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus. For you to love Him with your whole heart. For happiness and joy to fill you and for you to find fulfillment in Christ Jesus; for He lives!
Happy Thanksgiving! All for Jesus and His glory, Janette
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