Tuesday, November 25, 2008

thanksgiving list

But thankfulness isn't easy for a lot of us these days. With the economy spiraling out of control, many people are more worried about their jobs and houses than finding the perfect place-setting for their family gathering. Some of us have had a downright horrible year. Thankfulness can be a very difficult attitude when we've faced a lot of life's trials. Health issues, relationship troubles, family dramas—all of these things can make it hard to put ourselves in a very thankful mood, and Thanksgiving day becomes nothing more than another salute to gastronomical excess. (copied from Relevant Magazine 's newsletter this week)

You might agree.  Holiday's are often blown away with stuff that they are not about.  Look, I'm up for and excited about spending time with family, eating some turkey and watching some Dallas Cowboy football, but that is not what Thanksgiving is all about.

What have you made Thanksgiving?  It is time to make a list.  Make a list of the stuff you thankful for.  Then, go lay that list down in front of God as you meet with Him.  Ask Him to tell you other stuff that needs to be on your thanksgiving list.  Write them down.  Then, repent.  Yep, I said it.  Some of that stuff we aren't thankful for.  By the word, giving lip service or just saying you are thankful is not enough.  Let it dig deep into your heart.

This is the last devotion before Thanksgiving and for this week.  All credit to God, I truly am thankful for the impact of what I get to do and how far it is shared.  

Spend some time with God, as I said above.  Maybe use some of the scripture below.  

Psalm 118:29 (nlt) --- Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.  (The love of God is so endless...I want to understand that and love Him more.)

Psalm 105:1 (nlt) --- Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.  (I can help the world know by living like Jesus would like and talking about Him.)

Ephesians 5:20 (nlt) --- And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  (Don't leave anything out, Michael.  What am I not really thankful for?)

Philippians 1:3 (nlt) --- Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.  (Who am I thinking about?  tell God I'm thankful for that person, and do it now!)

Revelation 11:17 (nlt) --- And they said, "We give thanks to you, Lord God, the Almighty, the one who is and who always was, for now you have assumed your great power and have begun to reign.  (That means God is BIG.)

Colossians 4:2 (nlt) --- Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;  (No excuses.  Time with Him makes a difference in me.)

Have a wonderful and God-filled THANKSGIVING!!!

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