Remembering God at Thanksgiving


happy thanksgivingHas the giving of thanks disappeared from your Thanksgiving Day?

Thanksgiving has been a national holiday in America since 1863 when Abraham Lincoln set the day aside as a day of prayer and thanksgiving.  In our society today, the idea of a Thanksgiving holiday brings thoughts of food, time off work, shopping, ballgames, family get-togethers and more. Yet I wonder how often this day will lead us to times of true giving of thanks and prayer?

Recently I was meditating on Psalm 78 and paused at the invitation to share God’s goodness with our families in verses 4-5 “…telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done…. He commanded our fathers that they should make them known to their children that the generation to come might know them, The children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God but keep His commandments.”

What would it be like to take a few moments this week to share what God has done for you with your friends and family? To share the story of how God has worked in your life throughout the years?

I have so many stories of the faithfulness of God in my life. So many moments of God’s provision. God’s comfort. God’s help. God’s rescue. God’s encouragement. I’m going to share some of those today and during this holiday season.

Verse 5 tells us that sharing these stories of how God’s wonderful works will cause others to set their hope in God. How beautiful that in the telling of our stories other people gain strength and hope!

Will you accept God’s invitation to tell about His wonderful works? Your friends and family will gain strength, hope, and encouragement.

Will you pause and think of one story you could share with your family or friends today? You may not be having a Thanksgiving get together but you can make a call or write a note and share the wonder of God.  I’d love to hear your feedback on how the sharing goes!

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  1. Greta Alexander says:

    Last Wednesday evening I traveled to my son, Ike’s basketball
    game alone. He and his teammates were playing against RA Hubbard.
    I missed my turn causing me to run late but was determined I was going
    to watch what was left of the game. On the way I had to cross Wheeler Dam
    Bridge. I have had a fear of crossing bridges at times
    and when I got on this one I began to feel panic from the crown
    of my head to the tip of my toes. There was someone
    behind me and there was no turning back. I began to speak in tongues and determined
    if I die I just die. Then I remembered Joyce Meyer saying, “Do it
    afraid.” Well I made it across alive and thanked God! Then I thought
    I am going to have to do this again but in the dark! Well before I crossed
    back over Esther, my daughter, rode back with me. I asked Esther to pray in her heavenly
    language the whole way while Mommy drove across the bridge. She asked me
    why? I told her I was having a challenge driving across the bridge. About a couple of weeks ago I went to the Prophetic meeting at Grace House. God had led
    me to give the young lady who was a youth minister we were praying for a long strand of pearls
    with a word that each pearl was symbolic of a child she and her husband
    would teach God’s truth that they were a pearl of great price. Anna Margaret , another intercessor, then shared later that that day we were meeting 11-9-14 was the 25th anniversary of the
    fall of the Berlin Wall. To celebrate 8,000 illuminated white balloons were placed in place of where the wall was formally located representing restored FREEDOM, resulting in great JOY manifesting throughout Germany! Needless to say these white illuminated balloons looked like the strand of pearls I had given the youth minister and when I saw them I went slain in the spirit. My father is German and he too has had a fear of crossing bridges. Well when I got ready to go back over the Wheeler Dam Bridge there were a long strand of illuminated white ballon shaped lights all down the bridge! I thought only God could have done this for me! I held on to my steering and repeated aloud over and over, ” I am a pearl of great price.” I never felt fear one time on the bridge! When I got off the bridge the first thing I said was,”Thank You Lord!.” I actually shared this testimony with my family in the car
    Thanksgiving day as we were traveling to my husband, Joby’s parent’s home. My Savior…how I love Him so!!!

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