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Jeremiah 20:9 (KJV) states, "...But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay."
Friday, November 18, 2016
“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord
Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making
mention of you in my prayers;”
(Ephesians 1:15-16 KJV)
Note: This is a revised post from November 20,
During my graduate school years, I presented a variety of programs
in my residence hall and at the Wesley Foundation, one of my favorite programs
to present on was the topic of thankfulness—at one point I had several versions. I attempted to present this program around
Thanksgiving or shortly before finals—a very busy and stressful time for
students! A time when it is hard to be
The programs were not elaborate or even all that time
consuming; they were focused on being thankful (thinking about things, places,
and people we were thankful for). Due to
the hectic and stressful nature of being a college student it was easy to lose
focus on what really mattered and to be thankful for the important things and people
(no matter how small) in life.
Life continues to be hectic, even after college and graduate
school; it is so easy to get distracted by unimportant things and lose sight of
what—and especially—who really matters.
For many of us, we are blessed beyond measure and have so much more than
most of the world, yet it is easy to forget that in the workaday world.
Enter into his
gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him,
and bless his name.
Those of us, who have Jesus as Savior and Lord, should be
among the most thankful people in the world.
In Jesus, we have been forgiven of our sins and have a multitude of
blessings. Yet, sometimes, we forget
just how much the Lord has given us and has done for us.
I will offer to thee the sacrifice of
thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of theLord.
(Psalm 116:17 KJV)
Consider taking some time during this busy holiday season
(and every day of the year) to reflect on what and who you are thankful for—you
may even want to let people who you are thankful for know it!
Have fun with it! I
imagine that your perspective on life will change, if you are persistent about
What are you thankful for today?
Try listing at least three things you are thankful for each
day until the end of the year. It is
fine to be thankful for the simplest of things in your life. Then read back through them and rejoice. In 2015 I wrote down three things each day
that I was thankful for; this year I have been writing down three to five
things I am thankful for each day (and some times more). It is an interesting exercise.
Please join with me in prayer:
Heavenly Father, we thank You for all the things and
people in our lives. In Your Word we
learn that we are to be thankful in
all things but not for all
things. Help us to change our
perspective so that we realize just
how much we do have to be thankful for; we have so much in abundance compared
to many places throughout the world. Remind
us that all we have is from You. Help us
to remember to count our blessings daily and particularly when we are busy or
under a lot of stress. In our busy lives
remind us to not take people or You for granted; encourage us to place others
ahead of ourselves, serving them in the name of Jesus. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.
From My Heart to Yours,
Readers, I would like to wish you and your families a blessed Thanksgiving. Enjoy and celebrate all of God’s richest
blessings during this season of thanks.