Giving Thanks

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I visit Facebook daily.  As much as I hate to admit it, I visit it several times a day.  I have noticed many people posting this month the things that they are thankful for.  Day 1, I am thankful for…………

It really got me thinking.  Are we thankful for the right things?  Am I thankful for the right things?  Do I give thanks where thanks are due?

We are preparing for our 5th trip to Haiti through Children’s Lifeline.  I have many prayer requests for our upcoming trip, but am I offering enough praises?  I wanted to know what the Bible has to say about giving thanks…  and Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving celebrations were frequent in the bible.  Especially Old Testament.  They were not on one specific date, but rather fell on a cyclical day of the year.  There were three harvest festivals that were celebrated that represented different harvests, in the spring, summer and fall.  Leviticus 23:9-21 talks about the harvest of the first fruits.  In verse 21 it says “On that same day you are to proclaim a sacred assembly and do no regular work. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.” This is what our Lord said to Moses.  Did Moses celebrate thanksgiving?  I think he did.  It probably wasn’t on the fourth Thursday of every November though.  Was it with Turkey and stuffing, pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce?  Or, was it spent praising the Lord.

I would like to tell you what I am thankful for.  My prayer is that by telling you, I will remember myself.  I will remember each and every day to thank the Lord what he has provided for me.

Thank you Lord for offering up your one and only Son.  For me.  So that I may live.  John 3:16

Thank you Lord for my family.  You have gifted me with a loving, kind, God-fearing husband who supports me and acts as my spiritual leader.  You have gifted me with six of the most amazing miracles.  Thank you also for my extended family.  You placed me in exactly the right place at exactly the right time.  You blessed me with my parents and my sister.  Several years later you blessed me with my in-laws and the gift of nieces and nephews.  Thank you Lord for my church family.  I am so grateful to have my brothers and sisters in Christ looking out for me, lifting me up, supporting me with prayer.  Psalm 127:3-5; Matthew 12:48-50

Thank you Lord for my friends.  Just today I had a moment to sit and reflect on the stages of my life, and the amazing friends that came out of each and every one of those stages.  True friends, that I know that I can count on, even if it has been a long time since we have spent time together.  John 15:13

Thank you Lord for opening my eyes to Haiti.  What I thought would be a trip to missions to people in need turned into the missions of me, and my heart.  You have blessed me with a family that is hundreds of miles and a world away. This in turn blessed us with the 7:10 Foundation, so that we could continue our work with our family in Haiti.  The foundation then opened doors that I never dreamed possible, and gifted us friendships here with people that we have never met, people willing to do your work and help the foundation to help our family in Haiti.  Thank you… Thank you….  This trip also blessed me with a new friend and sister in Christ, I Thank you so very much for meshing our lives together.

Thank you Lord for my home.  For the means to furnish my home, keep it warm, and full of Love.  For electricity and running water.  Thank you for food in my refrigerator and in my cupboards.    Thank you for the blessing of Thanksgiving day.  With out you and your blessings we would not be able to come together and celebrate with family and friends to fill our bellies with food.  You and only you gave us the means to do this.  James 1:17 thanksgiving3

I am praying that each and everyone of you have a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving day.  May all your travels be safe and in good weather.  May your health be abundant.  And finally, may you all remember who, what, where, when and why you are celebrating Thanksgiving.