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Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. – 1 Chronicles 16:11 NIV
On this Thanksgiving day, we can remember the Lord, and how He gave us strength to overcome everything that we face in life.
When we seek Him first, everything else falls in line.
Our families, our jobs, and our well-being are interconnected with God’s blessings. We can give thanks to Him daily. Amen.
Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them. – Jeremiah 29:5 KJV
As Thanksgiving nears, we have many things to thank God for. Despite the hardships that the pandemic has brought on, so many people have persevered.
When we look at our cozy homes and the surrounding gardens, sometimes it seems like the plants and animals around us are unaffected by the pandemic. Plants still grow. The sun still shines. We have warm houses, loving families, and supportive co-workers.
God gives us something to be thankful for every day. It’s the little things that count. Amen.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life. – Proverbs 4:23 KJV
Our hearts reveal a lot about us, both spiritually and physically. When we are not in good health or when we eat too much fast food, our physical health suffers. When we neglect our loved ones because we work too much, our spiritually leads us to pay more attention to the things that count.
There will always be issues in this life, but God helps us solve them all. He is preparing a better place for us in Heaven. Amen.
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:19-20 NIV
People seek community. We are not meant to live in solitary confinement. The Lord knows we need to feel connected to our loved ones and to the Holy Spirit as well.
Sometimes we feel disconnected and isolated. The feeling will pass if we reach out to our friends and family who can support us.
The Lord is always with us, so we are never really alone, but sometimes it takes a whisper of His still, small voice to make us realize He is still there, listening to our needs. Amen.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. – Hebrews 11:6 KJV
When we spend time seeking the Lord, He recognizes our time well spent. It pleases God when we spend time reading scripture, sharing His Word, and coming to Him in prayer.
We only have 24 hours in a day, but when we seek Him first, everything falls into place. Our worries fade into the background. He answers our prayers and gives us peace. He can take care of our loved ones even if we are not there. He always comforts and guides us whatever we do. Amen.
Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. – Psalm 116:7 NIV
Our dishwasher broke last night, and although it took time to hand wash the dishes, my husband helped dry them. Washing dishes in and of itself is like a meditative practice. I could feel the warmth of the water. Even my two year old wanted to help. It became a family activity.
The Lord keeps us close. He blesses us with people in our lives who help and appreciate us. He helps us solve problems and to be thankful for what we have.
During the busy pace of this world it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle, but our Lord brings us back to thankfulness. Amen.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. – Psalm 100:4 NIV
The Lord allows us to bond, even when we are at a distance. We can give thanks for the opportunity to fellowship with family members virtually from the safety of our homes. It may be different from sharing a meal together, but our love is still there.
We can be grateful for the family and friends we have. The Lord knows that we need each other. He knows we don’t like to be isolated.
He blesses us with good food, a roof over our heads, and the security of His love. We can find comfort in an uncertain world because He is there. He fills our lives with goodness and mercy. We can be thankful for that. Amen.
You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you. – Psalm 118:28 NIV
All good things come from the Lord. We can be thankful for the blessings He has given us. He gives us health. He gives us life. He gives us family and friendship.
The Lord protects us, guides us, comforts us, and is always there for us.
We can be thankful for the food on the table, the company we share, and the warmth in our homes.
Even in the midst of troubling times, the Lord gives us strength and endurance. We are never alone because He is with us.
When we find ourselves worried about uncertainties, He comforts us. He is our helper. The precious moments in life, the moments of stillness, meditation, and love, are good times to be remembered. He is there to enjoy them with us. Amen.
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. – Philippians 2:1-2 (NIV)
It’s helpful to end a stressful week by spending time with friends and family enjoying each other’s company. I’m grateful to have a good husband who helps take care of me and my son. I have good friends whom I trust. It’s easy to be around them because I can be honest with them and be myself.
The Holy Spirit is my friend and comforter as well. I can always count on Him being there when I am in a tight spot. Despite many health challenges, I find comfort in the little things. It’s the little things that count.
Join me in supporting the Walk to End Alzheimer’s this Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Sparks Marina. If you can’t walk with our team, Stamp out Alzheimer’s, please support the cause by donating today!
I never really understood the magnitude of having a relative who has Alzheimer’s until my dad was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Join us in our efforts to end this disease!