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Roasted Turkey

THANKSGIVING EVERYDAY

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

Ps. 63:5 (KJV)

 America, Canada and South Korea are the only countries in the modern world that I know of that set aside one day a year as a day of  “thanksgiving”.  We all know the story of how America’s thanksgiving celebration originated.  My question is “Why only one day, what about the other 364”?

If we stop and think about it, every breath we take to every blink of an eye, is a gift from God.  Nothing in our lives is of our own doing, because we are dependant upon His grace and mercy for life’s every function.

In 1 Thessalonians, 5:18, the apostle Paul tells his readers that they are to be thankful in all things. Did he mean just the good stuff that happens to us?  How about only the things that fill us with joy?  No, in all things.  “Well”, you might say, “I have a terrible situation brought on through no fault of my own.  It just happened!  I’m supposed to be thankful for the discomfort, expense, sorrow, etc. that I’m experiencing”?  No, that’s not what he is saying.  What you should be thankful for is that God, in His infinite mercy, knows that you are suffering and gives you His Holy Spirit to act as your Comforter.  Jesus Himself told his followers that when He left, He would send His Comforter (John 16:7).

The world sometimes does not treat us fairly and no one promised us that it would.  And sometimes it’s hard to be thankful.  But if we remember that God is in control and trust in His unconditional love, unmerited favor and undeserved forgiveness, the world doesn’t have to treat us fairly. As Christians we don’t belong to the world, we are children of a loving Father that meets all of our needs according to His riches in glory (Phil. 4:19)!  When we trust in Jesus, we have everything that we need.  That in itself ought to be cause for every day to be thanksgiving day.  May you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving Day 2013.

Thank you Father for sending your only Son to die a criminal’s death in order that we might be reconciled to You.  Thank You also for Your Holy Spirit’s victory, guidance, peace, strength and wisdom to help us through each day.

Jay Boudreaux

SUGGESTED READING

Ps. 100

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THANKSGIVING FOOD FOR THOUGHT   Leave a comment

THANKSGIVING EVERYDAY

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

Ps. 63:5 (KJV)

 America, Canada and South Korea are the only countries in the modern world that I know of that set aside one day a year as a day of  “thanksgiving”.  We all know the story of how America’s thanksgiving celebration originated.  My question is “Why only one day, what about the other 364”?

If we stop and think about it, every breath we take to every blink of an eye, is a gift from God.  Nothing in our lives is of our own doing, because we are dependant upon His grace and mercy for life’s every function.

In 1Thessalonians, 5:18, the apostle Paul tells his readers that they are to be thankful in all things. Did he mean just the good stuff that happens to us?  How about only the things that fill us with joy?  No, in all things.  “Well”, you might say, “I have a terrible situation brought on through no fault of my own.  It just happened!  I’m supposed to be thankful for the discomfort, expense, sorrow, etc. that I’m experiencing”?  No, that’s not what he is saying.  What you should be thankful for is that God, in His infinite mercy, knows that you are suffering and gives you His Holy Spirit to act as your Comforter.  Jesus Himself told his followers that when He left, He would send His Comforter (John 16:7).

The world sometimes does not treat us fairly and no one promised us that it would.  And sometimes it’s hard to be thankful.  But if we remember that God is in control and trust in His unconditional love, unmerited favor and undeserved forgiveness, the world doesn’t have to treat us fairly. As Christians we don’t belong to the world, we are children of a loving Father that meets all of our needs according to His riches in glory (Phil. 4:19)!  When we trust in Jesus, we have everything that we need.  That in itself ought to be cause for every day to be thanksgiving day.  May you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving Day 2012.

Thank you Father for sending your only Son to die a criminal’s death in order that we might be reconciled to You.  Thank You also for Your Holy Spirit’s victory, guidance, peace, strength and wisdom to help us through each day.

J. Boudreaux

SUGGESTED READING

Ps. 100

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THANK YOU FOR WHAT I HAVE   Leave a comment

Thank you for what I have

But seek ye first the kingdom of God and all of his righteousness: and all these things

shall be added unto you.

 MATTHEW 6:33

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Thank you Lord for what I have.  Stop and think, “What do I have?”.  If you are a Christian, here are some examples: you have God’s promise of eternal life (John 3:16), you have God’s forgiveness of your sins (Ps. 103-12), you have God’s protection (Ps. 91), and you have God’s providence (Matthew 6:33). 

Now the above mentioned blessings are not the only blessings that you have when you are a Christian, but they are representative of God’s unconditional love for us.  Also notice that not one of the above is a material blessing.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with material possessions as long as they do not possess us and as long as we do not put them first in our lives.  The bible tells us that we are to “. . . lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:20, 21). Some material blessings are absolutely necessary for everyday living.

The blessings mentioned above are the kind that you can’t go to the store and buy.  They are only available through a relationship with the Father through His Son Jesus Christ.

We all know the popular sayings that go “you can’t take it with you” and  “there are no trailer hitches on a hearse”.  Both indicate that once we cease to breathe, our earthly possessions are of no value to us.  But, the spiritual possessions that we garner on earth and ultimately store up in heaven are worth far more to us.  Think of the richest people or families that are constantly in the public eye, many of whom have had one tragedy after another happen to them.  Probably not too many are concerned with eternal life, forgiveness of sin, God’s protection or God’s providence.  I would venture to say that many of those individuals or families are more interested in worldly “things” and do not have a relationship with Jesus.

Money can’t buy happiness, it can’t even lease it.  Money is no good in God’s store.  All He wants is our love and obedience.  He wants to spend time with us and us with Him.  In return He will see that we spend eternity with Him in paradise, be forgiven of our sins, have His protection and  our needs provided.  In short, we will have all the promises contained in the bible. 

So, if you ask yourself the question “What do I have?” and your answer does not include God’s promises as stated in His Holy Word, ask yourself again “What do I have?”  If you have Jesus, you have everything that God has to offer.

J. Boudreaux 2012

 SUGGESTED VERSES

Deuteronomy 28:2-12

Colossians 3:23,24

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