I love fall and the month of November. One reason is because it is a wonderful reminder of the importance of giving thanks. But the Bible doesn't just command us to give thanks for our blessings, it also commands us to give thanks for our trials. It's totally off kilter from the society we live in.
That kind of thanksgiving requires Jesus.
The Mighty One, God, the LORD,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to the
place where it sets.
From Zion, perfect in beauty,
God shines forth...
Sacrifice thank offerings to God,
fulfill your vows to the Most High,
and call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you will honor me.
He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me,
and he prepares the way
so that I may show him the salvation of God.
Psalm 50:1-2, 14-15
I hope you will really meditate on these verses. It is so easy to develop an ungrateful attitude.It may be we don't even realize we have one. Giving thanks is usually easy when the going is smooth, but when the going gets tough. We need to practice the sacrificial thank offerings. That may include giving thanks when we don't feel like it, or when it seems there isn't much to be thankful for.
****GIVEAWAY****I would love to use this month of November to practice thanks-living, not just thanksgiving. If you can, stop by the blog occasionally and leave a comment of something you are grateful for. Or if I am not posting that day feel free to leave it on the Facebook page or Google+
At the end of the month, I will select a winner for a small gift. It may be a book, or I'm a pretty crafty person, so maybe I will come up with something else. You can keep it, or give it to someone for Christmas. This is a way to show my appreciation for YOU my readers!
Each comment on each day will receive an entry! The more days you comment, the more entries you get.
Must be 18 or older to enter. U.S. only! This giveaway is not associated with any social media network.