Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV84)
I’m thankful I live in a country where I am free to express my opinions, free to start businesses, free to come and go as I please and free to worship openly without fear of oppression. Also, I’m thankful for my family heritage, for God, for some reason choosing to place me in a wonderful Christian family which encouraged me to be all I can be and to make a difference in the lives with whom I come in contact. I don’t know why he blessed me so much, but am thankful he did.
I recently passed a man sitting on the side of the road holding a sign. It read, “I’m hungry.” Seeing the sign made me realize how blessed I am. Among the many blessings, I am thankful for family and friends who love me, warts and all. I’m also thankful that I am able to rise each morning with a new opportunity to leave my mark on the world, small as it may be. Most of all, I am thankful that God sent His Son as our Savior, for without Him our lives would be without hope.
As I look back at my life, I can truly say I am thankful for the trials. The pain and suffering endured with the strength of my Lord Jesus by my side has been character building.
I am grateful that He wrapped me in his arms, wiped my tears away, picked me up and carried me when I was at my weakest.
Because of his love during the rough patches, I am more able to fall to my knees and praise him fully, realizing the numerous gifts he has bestowed upon me. Thank you Jesus!
My heart is filled with gratitude for the relationships that I’ve enjoyed in my life.The relationships with my childhood family, then with my own family are treasured memories. I have close friends who have made me a better person by their Christ-like examples.
But the most important relationship is with my Heavenly Father. In times of joy and sorrow, he has been with me to whisper words of love and encouragement. HIs loving arms have been felt cradling and soothing me through heartaches that have come my way. I am thankful for his abiding presence in my life.
Matthew 25:35 “I was a stranger and you took me in.” This Thanksgiving is the 4th anniversary of when I met God for the first time. There are times that I feel like a stranger to this new life as a Christian. But I have only to look around me at the faces of those who have welcomed me in with open arms and I realize just how grateful I am that they show the pure love of Christ. I am so thankful for all the friends He has blessed me with. I am truly blessed to have a wonderful husband who loves this broken woman unconditionally as well as a beautiful family to share life with. I pray that there will be no stranger left untouched by God’s Love this holiday season.
I am most thankful for my friends and family. I have been blessed with a wonderful biological family, but I have so many friends that have become family too.
I am also thankful for my job. It is so rewarding to be able to spend time teaching young children. They are like sponges and are so eager. I am blessed to have Christian bosses and coworkers. It is a joy to go to work every day.
Copyright © 2012, Dennis Ensor, Melinda Bloyd, Jenny Harrison, Freida Harrison, Michelle Welch, Angie Ogle, all rights reserved, Breath of Life Women’s Ministries. Bible scripture taken from New International Version 84.