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IBC Women’s Blog

IBC Women’s Blog

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

by-Jodie Montgomery

I’ve learned over the years that Thanksgiving is the favorite holiday for many people. The main reasons for this excitement are food, family, and freedom. Apparently many feel pressured and a bit trapped by the pressures of celebrating Christmas. Now that’s an ironic thing we can look at next month…

I too love Thanksgiving. It is cleansing to focus on giving thanks. It is Scriptural to be people of gratitude. To give thanks is to recognize the worth of the gift and the kindness of the giver. It is to recognize the source of blessings in our life. Thankfulness is a big part of enjoying a relationship. I realize that it is no little thing to be thought of by another.  I realize that God is the ultimate Giver and that His gifts are continual ~ every breath I take is a gift from God. I thank God as I recognize His overwhelming goodness and in expressing thanks, I typically find joy. A smile in reflecting on the lovingkindness of another.

1 Chronicles 29:13 “Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.”

Psalms 28:7 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him.”

Psalm 107:1 “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.”

John 11:41 “So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.”

Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Colossians 3:15 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

I can remember, as a child, getting some food put on my plate that I really didn’t desire. Insincere thanks looks like a child trying to swallow a Brussels sprout and struggling with guilt as they are also old enough to know somebody else would like to have even a Brussels sprout. One Thanksgiving I had my molars removed. I struggled with gratitude as many dishes went by me that I knew I couldn’t have at that time. Seemed like everyone was laughing as I missed the blessings. My pride, my disappointments, my struggles can interfere with my perception of the goodness of God. I blame God for choices I or my fellow earthlings make. One can choose not to be thankful.

Romans 1:21 “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

It is God’s will that we give thanks. He wants us to recognize that we are blessed AND that someone thought of us enough to richly bless us. Ultimately, it isn’t the gift that we think about but the giver. There are so many in my life that I am thankful for-thoughts of repaying them are silly-they have invested more than I can count or even remember. They continue to lovingly care for me and I am overwhelmed. I thank God for them and realize that their generosity makes me more aware of His goodness too.

2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

(Mama Janet-so looking forward to our meal out! I continually thank God for you. No turkey in my oven…)