“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
(Philippians 4:4-9 ESV)
My favorite time of year is finally here! The month of November, and for many reasons. The leaves are beginning to change their color, fall, and saturate the damp ground. Tractors slowing us down on the highways due to cotton harvest time. The temperatures finally begin to decrease, and the fall breeze blows in. Well, it cools off a little here in the State of Louisiana, not much. We are lucky if we get below the seventies. However, Everyone is wearing their boots, sweaters, and scarves to stay snuggly. People begin to run to their nearest Starbucks for the Pumkin Spice Latta and Peppermint Mocha. We begin to see people walking out of the grocery stores toting hams as well as turkeys. As Families are preparing to visit their relatives, and have lovely Thanksgiving dinners. Of course, I couldn’t forget that it is also my birthday month. Not that I am real estactic about being a year older. I find myself wishing that time would only slow down.
However, one of the most important parts of this season and time of year is ” thankfulness”. I have been noticing many people on social media are doing “30 days of thanks” which I love! It’s where each day you think of something different you are thankful for, and post it on social media. How amazing is that? To reflect everyday on the things we are thankful for!
There was a man named Paul in the Bible who taught us how to be thankful. The scripture text listed above was written from an unfavorable location- a Roman prison. In the most uncomfortable of places, we always find Paul exhorting us to thank God any how! Paul had a revelation that in the face of adversity is when God deserved the highest praise.
The American holiday of Thanksgiving was founded on these same godly principles. The pilgrims were sorely tested by many hardships of sickness, death, and harsh weather. In spite, they would gather together to give thanks for their first harvest.
Thankfulness is thanking God everyday, in any situation, whether good or bad. Thankfulness is appreciating God for just who He is. Thanking Him that we have an opportunity to know him as our Lord and Savior. Merlin Carothers in his book, ” Prison to Praise” informs us every time he or someone else was faced with a delima, they needed to thank God for it. Bro. Merlin would always tell them, ” Because God works all things for your good.” I believe he had the same revelation Bro. Paul did!
If there is anything the Lord has taught me here lately it would be praising him in the valley. Thanking God for the things he has already done. Remembering the battles He has won for me in the past. God is God and He changes not. He is always faithful, and deserving of our praise. When we are faced with a bill we can’t pay. Just thank him for it. Your probably thinking that’s crazy. Well, it works! If God brings a problem in your life, it’s only because he wants to solve it. To show himself mighty and faithful. Time and time again I have experienced this. Many times I’ve cried and prayed, ” Lord why is this happening to me?” God always reminds me that He has always supplied my every need, and some of my wants too. So I find myself these days thanking God for everything. Even the small things. Like having a peaceful day, or finding a good deal on Amazon. Thanking Him for saving my life, and protecting my family each day. Thanking him that I have clothes, food, a house, and freedom to practice my religion.
However, I’m also thankful for my battery going out on my car, and him supplying the money to fix it. I’m thankful that I’ve went through trials in my life that has helped me grow in the Lord. I’m thankful for every disappointment, because God has always brought something better. I’m thankful for the things that’s tried to defeat me, so I would be made an overcomer.
So today I’m challenging myself and others to be like Paul, rejoicing always. Bring your needs to God today with thanksgiving in your heart. Do not be anxious or worried about anything! Watch as the peace of God saturates you, and guards your heart. Think on things that are lovely, pure, just, and beautiful in your life. If there is anything worthy, thank Him today! Love you all! God bless!