What are you thankful for?
As you search your heart this season, you’ll probably find many reasons to be thankful. The most obvious ones are materialistic blessings like a house, a car, a business or a career opportunity. Other reasons may be personal like mental and emotional health, a great support system or inner growth. And of course, there’s NO GREATER reason to be thankful than Jesus, the sinless man who died on the cross for our sins!
Thanksgiving events and activities invite the opportunity to talk about the blessings in your life – whether you’re at the dinner table or exchanging pleasantries with a stranger at the store while getting that turkey and stuffing.
And while we’re thinking of all the things you have, you may also be reminded of things you don’t have. Maybe you thought you’d have your degree by now. Maybe you thought you’d have your dream job, but instead received rejection letters from employers. Maybe you thought you’d have a spouse by now, but you’re still living the single life while everyone around you is getting engaged. Or, maybe you thought you’d be pregnant by now, but building a family is taking longer than you expected.
This time of year, we tend to bury unmet desires because we don’t want to seem ungrateful. But God doesn’t see it that way. He actually wants you to tell him your heart’s desires. He cares about what you care about. He sees you and your needs as more valuable than anything on earth.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26)
This Thanksgiving, renew your mind about the unmet expectations that have been tormenting you. Instead of ignoring your desires, use this time of year as an opportunity to put them back on the altar for God. There’s freedom in God’s plan for you, so give thanks, in faith, for how he’s going to come through for you!
Add these 3 declarations to your 2019 thankful list
- “Thank God He’s Protecting Me”: Sometimes, the thing we think is good for us God knows is actually bad for us. Closed doors are often God’s way of saving us from heartaches and disappointments. They could also be his way of keeping us from settling for less than we deserve. In a recent sermon, evangelistic Pastor Robert Madu said, “If God always met your expectations, he wouldn’t be able to exceed them.” That’s so good and so true! Thank God that He’s protecting His dream for you!
- “Thank God He’s Preparing Me”: Sometimes, unanswered prayers are a matter of time and place. If you’ve yet to see something you’ve prayed for, it may just be around the corner. Thank God that He’s healing you, strengthening you and equipping you with everything you need before He blesses you. At the right time, He will give you the desires of your heart, and it will all make sense!
- “Thank God He’s In Control”: No matter what you are going through or waiting for, be thankful that you don’t have to figure it out alone. You have a Heavenly Father that WILL handle it, no matter how big or small it may seem to you. And, the bible tells us that He’s working everything out for our good.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
So, as you gather for Thanksgiving dinners and Friendsgiving parties, remember that you are extremely blessed for the things you do have AND for the things you do not have (yet). No matter what you think you lack, believe in faith that you have everything you need — and God will take care of the rest! God has a master plan that will surely blow your mind if you stay faithful.
God’s timing is perfect — and that’s something to give God thanks for ALL YEAR LONG!
Happy Thanksgiving! We love you already!
We’d like to invite you to our Friendsgiving on December 8th, 2019. Please be sure to register and come celebrate with us!