Psalm 100 is beautiful and we’ll worth reading as we celebrate.
I plan on having our family read it before we eat our Thanksgiving meal.
Hopefully, I will also have time to make place cards with the verse on it, but if not that’s okay too.
The point is Jesus and being thankful to Him for all things.
These last two months the Lord has been speaking with me about giving thanks for all while holding it lightly.
It began somewhere in September I believe.
I was walking around the house and thanking God for different things, especially the ability to have a tidy, functional, and clean house.
When the Lord asked me a question.
Would you give it all up if I asked you to?
I was surprised.
September was our “one year” in this house and the idea of giving it all up to move again wasn’t that appealing.
But I know better than to with hold anything from my Lord.
“Lord, I want to say yes without hindrance or regret. I’m not there, but I want to be. Please help me to be willing to give it all up.”
And so began weeks of different circumstances which gave me many opportunities to say, “Lord, it all belongs to You. Do with it as You see fit.”
Then it rippled out of things and into other areas.
Like my family, my personal “to do” list, and other such precious things.
Over and over the Lord gave me opportunity to give all to Him.
To speak the words both in my heart and with my mouth, that I give all to Jesus, He’s will be done.
And although I’m unsure of all the reasons He has taken me down this path again (not the first time and I’m certain it won’t be the last either) I find gratitude has bloomed anew.
There’s such thankfulness of heart when one realizes that the cherished things, family, love, blessings, are all gifts from God.
Nothing I have done has earned these things.
But I can enjoy them all the more and praise God I each.
Especially when I’m holding them lightly.
There’s something so precious about understanding the gifts and blessings of the now may or may not be those of tomorrow.
When I cherish today, my heart finds such thankfulness waiting.
Yes, some days are easier to cherish than others, but each is a gift and I want to praise God for every one.
This Thanksgiving, I hope you are able to relinquish expectation and simply praise God for another day.
His gift to you.
His gift to me.
Praise the Lord!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for helping me relinquish all things back into Your hands. Lord, there are still many things I do not understand and circumstances which are concerning, but I choose to place each one in Your hand. To reach up and wrap my heart around Your goodness and cling to You through it all. For nothing and no one can separate me from Your love. That in itself is something to be thankful for! I praise and worship You this day. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for a day to simply be grateful. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
Make a joyful shout to the Lord , all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord , He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
Psalms 100:1-5 NKJV