Give me a word, Lord: THANKFUL

James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Psalm 118:21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.

As we open our eyes this morning, we have arrived at the month of November. Although I am thankful every day, November has been deemed the month for thankfulness. Thankfulness is definitely in the air. There is a sirloin tip roast in the slow cooker surrounded by potatoes, carrots, onions, and mushrooms with a delicious gravy. Rice and a big pot of green beans from the summer garden will sit along side all of this yumminess today at lunch. After church, I’ll bake a pan of biscuits. The house smells like fall with a apple caramel dump cake sizzling in the oven. We get to freely attend our church for praise and worship, and then come home and enjoy lunch with ten full seats of people we dearly love at our family table. I can’t help but sit here and reflect on thankfulness this morning. We’ve so very much to be thankful for.

We were spared from a terrible hurricane earlier this week. Oh, she came for a visit, but she wasn’t severe. We lost electricity for less than 24 hours, and we sustained no major damage. For this we are thankful. We have pantries and freezers full of food that were not damaged by the storm. God has blessed us with much produce this year. For this we are thankful. We have great jobs, a very comfy home, working vehicles to get us where we need to go. For this we are thankful. God allowed us to raise four children, He gave us two beautiful daughters-in-law, and the best grandson ever. For this we are truly thankful. And the very best gift of all, He gave us the gift of salvation. For this, we are eternally thankful!

One of my favorite old hymns is “How Great Thou Art.” I can’t tell you how many times I have been sitting out in the great outdoors, waiting on a deer, and silently singing this song in my head. Read over the words and reflect on how great our God truly is.

Oh Lord my God
When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds
Thy hands have made
I see the stars
I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout
The universe displayed

Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee
How great thou art
How great thou art

And when I think of God,
His son not sparing,
Sent Him to die,
I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden
gladly bearing He bled and died
to take away my sin

When Christ shall come
With shout of acclamation
And take me home
What joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow
With humble adoration
And then proclaim My God
How great Thou art

We have a terrible habit of busying ourselves to the point that we forget or rather we don’t make time to reflect on all of the many blessings which our Lord has so graciously given us. We can’t continue to do this. Every single blessing, every single gift, every single material and non-material thing in our life was gifted to us by our Lord and Savior. It is so important to take time each and every day to count our many blessings and praise God for all that He is doing in our lives. He is so very good to us. Take a little time today to really recognize all that God has given you and spend some time simply being thankful today! I pray that your day is full of faith, family, and blessings!

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