Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Wednesday to you all! I’m so glad that you stopped by for a visit today…and my prayer for all of us; is that we will truly come to see the good that can be found, even while facing the hard and difficult times of life…Amen!
This morning, as I’ve been sitting here…thinking on Thanksgiving…and how different everything seems to be this year; I was reminded that if we could just find one small thing to give God praise for; then these thoughts of praise would truly become a weapon formed against evil.
You know…I think that sometimes, we can become so caught up in all that is going wrong around us; that we forget that there is a powerful God watching over us…One who can truly be our strength and help; and that alone should give us a reason to praise God.
While preparing to write you this morning; God led me to a couple Bible verses…and the first one that I would like to share with you is found in Colossians 1:12…and we read… “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:”
As I was preparing to go to sleep the other night, I was praying for all the lost souls in this world…and as I was thinking more deeply on this; I began to say to God… “If I have nothing else to be thankful for…I can praise you Lord, for pointing me down the right path to You.”
I don’t why; but it seems as though we have to have everything going completely well…before praising God. Don’t we realize that when we can praise Him, in the midst of despair; then these moments of praise can lift us closer to Him…and further away from the difficulties of this life?
As I continued to look through God’s word this morning; He also led me to a beautiful Bible verse in Psalm 28:7…and we read… “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”
You know…maybe life isn’t always going in the direction that we would like it to go…and maybe this world seems to be changing for the worse…and maybe these times we are facing right now have made life even more difficult than before; but one thing we can praise God for; is that He never changes…for He is truly our strength, when we are weak…and our shield, when the flaming darts of evil attempt to take us down.
One thing I have truly come to see within my life; is that things come and go; but God always remains the same…and if we are headed in His direction…a direction that will eventually take us to an eternity with Him; then I would say that this is more than enough to be thankful for.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving…there may be some who won’t be able to afford a nice dinner…or maybe you may be ill in the hospital or at home, which can make it difficult at times to praise God; but may I encourage you to go beyond your own thoughts and desires and give praise to a God, who is there for you right now.
I don’t know about you; but the greatest thing in my life that I have found to give thanks for; is just knowing that God will always love and care for me, while continually leading me in a direction; that will one day free me from this world forever.
No matter what you have planned for Thanksgiving…I pray that you will come to see that there is always something to be thankful for, even in the midst of despair…Amen!
Have a very blessed Thanksgiving, from Keith and I…and the Risen Hope Ministries…and I will see you once more on Friday! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain