Today is more than just about Grandma’s turkey and online Black Friday Sales; today is about giving God thanks for His faithfulness. Just like the Pilgrims gave thanks for their new beginning, we can pause and give God thanks for all the new He’s done in us through the many waves and winds of 2020.
The beautiful thing about gratitude is the more we practice it, the easier it becomes. Even with the topsy-turvy year we´ve had, gratitude can still be what we talk about around the table today (Thanksgiving Day).
I want to share with you three expressions of gratitude to practice today. Use this as conversation starters at the dinner table, or turn them into prayers you say out loud as a family!
1. Thankful for our today
We are alive, breathing, and standing in His goodness. We don’t have to wait to arrive ¨there¨ to give thanks, God is as present in our ¨here¨ as He will be in our ¨there¨. Surely you have something to praise God for today: a new day full of opportunities, pastors that care for you, your Bible!! What makes every day special is the places we can point out His faithfulness.
¨Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.¨ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Pause and look around. What blessings do you have today that you prayed for time ago? Peace in your heart, laughter among family members, the house you´re living in, the marriage you have, the disciples God has entrusted to you, your renewed mind that no longer submits to fear and anxiety. God has been good, let us remember what He’s done and give Him thanks!
¨I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.¨ Psalm 9:1
3. Prophetic Gratitude
This is something I have practiced for years. Something happens when you’re able to thank God for healing even while your body is still hurting, thank Him for provision even when the fridge is half empty, thank Him for joy in a difficult season. Gratitude opens heavens, what can you give thanks for in faith today?
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.¨ Colossians 2:6-7
I hope your Thanksgiving Day is filled with laughter, yummy food, and many expressions of gratitude to God. Fill your home with stories of His faithfulness, tell your kids about how He showed up in unexpected ways this year, and post more than just pictures of pumpkin pie, tell others about His grace and favor towards you this year. Be blessed G12 family!
¨Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.¨