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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanks be to God for giving His Son

Growing up I was always thankful for all the yummy food I was able to eat, especially on Thanksgiving day (btw I love to eat so a holiday set apart just for that was the best idea anyone came up with). I was able to spend time with my family, eat a ton of food, laugh a lot, watch a football game and the list goes on. But what is the true meaning of this day?

Lately, I have been feeling people can create an idol out of food on this holiday. And I'm most likely one of those people who have idolized food because every year Thanksgiving meant food. This year, it has been different. Let me explain...
For one of our gatherings we had a thanksgiving meal together; which I was excited for because of all the food. Now usually I can eat and eat, there is no stopping me on Thanksgiving. However, I only ate one plate. ONE plate. Not only that, I have been pondering for weeks and weeks of how thankful I am for this past year, I have been more worried about what I'm thankful for than the food (ask my family and they will tell you this is not normal). Of course, I am not complaining about this change in my heart because that is what I am most thankful for this year.
"My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20 NLT

So as a Christian, Thanksgiving is more than just a day for family or the food, it's about thanking God for giving His chosen people grace. I am blessed to now understand what Thanksgiving is about as a born-again Christian and I pray that I can continue to grow in grace and understanding that is glorifying to God.

This year, I am thankful for my salvation, my husband, and our new friends and family God has placed in our lives! God is a sovereign God, "and we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28 ESV)

What are you most thankful for this year?

2 Corinthians 4:15 ESV
"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God."

Ephesians 2:7 ESV
"so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus."

Psalm 100:4 ESV
"Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! "
Psalm 50:23 ESV
"The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!"
Happy Thanksgiving!!
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