Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

I have to admit I love Christmas but I also love Thanksgiving.  I enjoy getting together with family and the crisp Autumn weather.  And I do like to give Thanksgiving it's time (November 1 until that day) so I usually don't listen to Christmas music or watch Christmas movies until after.  And that has been my mindset for many years now.

But this year, I have been participating in a Thanksgiving Bible Study from Good Morning Girls. (I love their studies, and even though I usually do them at different times than they schedule, I do use their reading plans and the basic SOAP method of study that they lay out on their site.)  As I have been reading the various passages and studying them, I have really been struck by the overwhelming message of being thankful at all times.  I know, not a new concept.  I had always heard that we need to praise God at all times, just like it says in Philippians 4:4, "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice." And certainly, I had heard and even used the A.C.T.S. method of praying. Patterning my prayers with Adoration first, then Confession, followed by Thanks, and then Supplication. 

But I had never put it together that anytime we come into his presence we are to come with thanksgiving at the very beginning.

Philippians 4:6 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." ESV  [emphasis added]

This is a verse I have known for many years, but only through this study did it really get me that we are to come with thanksgiving in our prayers and supplications.  Even as we make requests to the Lord, we are to do so with a thankful heart.

And these verses don't just apply to Thanksgiving Day, or the month of November.   This thanksgiving needs to envelope our everyday quiet times with the Lord.  And be the attitude of our hearts in our prayer times and at ALL times.

So don't just remember to thank God for all the blessings He has given today, but keep that heart of thankfulness everyday! 

Psalm 95:2, "Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!" ESV

Happy Thanksgiving!

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