Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Wishing you all a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving.
I have much to be thankful for this year - as always. My heart is filled with gratitude for the answers to prayer we have seen over the past several weeks. I am overwhelmed at the thought that the Great God who created the heavens and the earth bends down to listen to my prayers; that He knows what I will say before the words are even spoken. I am so thankful, so unbelievably thankful, that He chose me to be His child. I, who am so unworthy even on my best days. He calls me by name and draws me close. He wants to hear words from the depths of my heart, and He wants to speak secret things to me. He is so great, and I am so small. He is so holy, and I am so prone to sin. He is so perfect, and I am so flawed. And yet He loves me. I am so thankful.
I am thankful for my family. For the Godly heritage my parents have given us. It is a priceless gift. I am thankful that the gift has been handed down to three generations now. We are so blessed to know our children and our grandchildren know Jesus as Savior and Lord. What greater gift can we have than to know our family will be together for all eternity?
I am thankful for the time of testing that continues even now. I pray daily for deliverance and healing, but I am so grateful for what I have learned. I know that He is faithful. I know that I can trust Him with all that is most precious to me because He is all that His word says He is. His word is true, and it is life-changing. He is a gentle Father, and His love is amazing.
I am thankful for the peace that passes understanding. That used to be just words to me. Now I know that it is true. When I trusted, He gave me peace. There is a sense that I am totally safe in His arms. I have nothing to fear because He has promised He will never leave me or forsake me.
I am thankful for forgiveness and grace. I identify with Paul when he says he is the chief of sinners. I can think of no reason why He should love me and forgive me and bless me beyond anything I deserve. I have known Him since I was a child, and I have been such a wayward child. And yet He extends arms of love and says "Come". In recent years I have run to Him - as though my life depended on it. It did. Never once has He turned away. Never once has He refused to be my refuge and my help. Never once has He withheld forgiveness or love. He is such a loving Father. He is such a Holy God.
My heart overflows with gratitude.