I love Thanksgiving. It’s a season for giving thanks, fellowship, serving one another and sharing a meal with each other. It’s a time we can enjoy each other and share what we are thankful for.
Or maybe it’s not. Maybe Thanksgiving reveals everything we don’t have and haven’t accomplished. Thanksgiving may be like a magnifying glass examining the little details of our lives that expose everything we are not.
To cover up our flaws, we assemble the perfect table and meal, making it seem like we have it all together, but really we’re falling apart on the inside.
Can you relate?
Of course, I am thankful for my family, our health and how abundantly blessed we are. It’s so easy to thank God when things are going well in our lives. It’s not so easy when they are not.
When things are falling apart and I feel like I’m hanging on by a thread, I am most thankful for Jesus. I am thankful that even in my messes, I am complete in Jesus. Even in my suffering, I am blessed.
It’s amazing when Jesus meets us in our messes, our storms, and flaws–He turns them into life’s greatest blessings.
If I never experienced failure, I would never know the deeper meaning of perseverance–How God makes the impossible, possible.
If I never trained for a marathon, I would never have known the power of God’s strength.
If I never went through the loss of our son, I would never experience the deeper meaning of God’s love and His glorious plan that one day we will see him again.
If I never had trials in my marriage or as a parent, I would never have realized the value in growing my patience and building a stronger foundation in Jesus.
To remove our messes, our struggles and flaws are to remove God’s glorious blessings.
What am I Most Thankful For? Jesus.
I am not thankful for my trials but am thankful to have Jesus to walk with me in my trials.
When I struggle, I think of Job. When his cattle was destroyed he still gave thanks. When his family was killed he still gave thanks to God. When his crops were destroyed he gave thanks. When his health was at stake, he gave thanks. When everything was taken away from him, he never stopped thanking God. His thankfulness in his devastation produced a greater blessing he could have ever received than if he focused on everything he didn’t have.
No Jesus + Everything = Nothing.
Jesus + Nothing= Everything
Even when I have nothing, I have everything in Jesus. There is always something to be thankful for. I am nothing without Jesus.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thes. 5:18)
Behind every trial, there is a greater blessing.
This Thanksgiving, give thanks not just for what we are grateful for. Thank God for everything in between–the struggle, the trial and our flaws and you will be blessed beyond measure.
When we GIVE THANKS in our trials, it helps us focus on God’s GOODNESS and that His LOVE endures FOREVER.
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever” (Psalm 118:1)
A Thanksgiving Prayer-
THANK YOU, Lord Jesus, not only for our family, our health and the food we will eat this THANKSGIVING But also for our TRIALS we have endured this year. We are not thankful for our suffering, but thankful that you are good and know what is BEST for US!
THANK YOU for giving us what we NEED not what we WANT. You Always have the best plans ever! THANK YOU for going AHEAD of us and PREPARING a place for us, even in our STRUGGLES we know this is only our TEMPORARY HOME.
THANK YOU for our circumstances that are beyond our control, they TEACH US to depend and lean on you making us closer to YOU. THANK YOU for unanswered PRAYERS, they help us to TRUST in you, in your PERFECT PLAN.
THANK YOU for WALKING with US in the fiery furnace. If you we didn’t have your hand to hold onto we would never know you are ALWAYS with us and will NEVER leave US. THANK YOU for your FORGIVENESS when we fail and make bad choices. THANK YOU for your LOVE and ALWAYS being there even in our MESSES.
THANK YOU for our DESPERATE Moments when we feel like we have nothing left, we can always depend on YOUR STRENGTH. THANK YOU for our roadblocks and detours, they show us that when we follow Jesus, He knows the WAY!
THANK YOU for our failures and losses, they show us there is no greater reward than Jesus. THANK YOU for your perfect gift of ETERNAL LIFE! No matter what we go through it does not compare to the glorious reward of HEAVEN when we accept Jesus as our Savior! THANK YOU for your PERFECT LOVE AND PLAN! AMEN
What are you Most Thankful For this Thanksgiving?
What will you give Thanks for?
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