God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
& all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!!


The Bible says to give thanks in every thing (I Thessalonians 5:18).  It is easy to do this when things are going well in your life but it can be very difficult when they are not.  Note that we are to give thanks in every thing, not for everything.  Those of us who are Christians can, even in the worst of circumstances, be thankful in any circumstance because we know God is with us.  He is in control.  We may not understand sometimes why things happen the way they do but the Bible tells us to trust in God & lean not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).

I am not going to bore you with a list of all the things I am thankful for but I will mention two very important ones which affect every aspect of my life today.  First of all, I am thankful I have God in my life.  I was not always a Christian but I always felt there was something missing in my life.  Many years ago through a series of events God brought my husband & I together with a Christian couple.  We had much in common & we became close friends.  Although they did talk about biblical things now & again, they never preached or witnessed to us.  However, I could see there was something different about their lives.  Over the course of time I realized what it was.  Since becoming a Christian my life has not always been easy, but it is so much better than it used to be because God is in my life.

Secondly, I am thankful for the growth I've experienced over the past year.  Some of you know that my life has not been idyllic.  It has, in fact, been downright brutal at times.  Again I won't bore you with details but there came a time when I didn't even recognize myself anymore.  It was like I was another person.  The person I had always been was gone.  However, I recently noticed that in some ways the old me is back but it's a "new & improved" version.  My outlook on life has improved.  The way I handle bad situations has improved.  I can look at the past & see that through everything God was with me.  He bought me through all of it.  The lessons I've learned are worth their weight in gold.  This is an example of His grace. 

I wish all of you a very happy & blessed Thanksgiving!

9 comments:

cucki said...

happy thanksgiving to you and your family.
with my big beary hugs
cucki xx

BumbleBeeLane said...

Wonderful post Shirlee.Yes even as Christians we are not promised a easy road to travel but God see's us through.I feel sorry for people without faith who have to face those trials alone.Happiest of Thanksgiving wishes to you and hubby!~Amy
Ps. Yes I realized the box with snowflakes and the kit was the giveaway.

vwestermeyer said...

Wonderfully written post Shirlee!!

Enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Very inspiring post my friend....And, "welcome back!" Wishing you a wonderful and joyous Thanksgiving....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

bettyj said...

Aww Shirlee, Happy Thanksgiving and may life do nothing but get better for you, my friend.

Faye Henry said...

Lovely post, Shirlee.. God is faithful..
Happy Thanksgiving, dear friend...

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Shirlee I'm sending you wishes for a wonderful and joyous day!!!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Prim Blessings
Robin

Trace4J said...

Wonderful post friend!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your dear John.
Blessings Trace

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renee said...

Well said Shirlee,
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
It is true that being a Christian is not an easy path, in fact, it's tough, but so much better to have God on my side than not.
The trials we endure, prepare us for something better. We have discussed this many times before, but I am glad you are realizing this. I am glad you are getting some of you back again! Hugs to you both!
Renee