Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I'm So Very Thankful!

This is a busy time of year . . . and it will be getting even busier! Children are busy in particular . . . they just went back to school, Halloween is coming up - I am not particularly a "fan" of Halloween, but it is something children look forward to; after all, what isn't there not to love about people giving you candy??!!! Thanksgiving is next month and Christmas is just two months away! Yes, it is a very busy time of year!

Even though Thanksgiving is part of this busy time of year, it is very easy for it to almost be overlooked in the rush to get to Christmas. It is also very easy for Thanksgiving to focus more on the food, than on the being thankful. So, today I want to think about some of the many things I'm thankful for!

On my other blog I wrote; "Do we notice when God is answering our prayers? Do we notice the blessings He is giving us? Do we make thanking God a regular part of our day - every day?

God has done so much for us; He loves us! He gives us His grace! He forgives us! He hears our prayers! He answers our prayers! He does so much, if we sat down and focused on His blessings; big and small, we would have much to be thankful for!

So, with Thanksgiving just over a month away, I want to take some time to thank God for His many blessings! Today I want to thank Him for His love! Just look at these verses about God's love for us . . . 
  • John 3:16  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
  • Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
  • Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
  • Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
  • Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
These are just a fraction of the verses in the Bible which tell us of God's love for us! I know God loves me because His Word tells me He does and I know God loves me because my life shows His love. When I look back I see how God sheltered me from some things, walked with me through other things, put pieces in place for the most amazing blessings; His love is so clearly apparent and I am so very thankful!

When I look at the present I see everyday how God shows His love for me in big and small ways and I am so very thankful! 

When I look at the future I know God will be with me; He has been with me through the past, He is with me today so I know He will be with me in the future and I am so very thankful!"

As you go through your day today, make time to stop and notice the big and small ways God shows you He loves you; commit to share at least on of these with your grandchildren and take time to thank Him today! 

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