The Joy of Thanksgiving

During late November and early December I was blessed to be able to spend some time in California, America. My friends Tim and Chloe are there, part of Bethel school of supernatural ministry, an amazing course run by Bethel Church in Redding. I spent 2 weeks out there, and it was AMAZING. I really felt like I grew closer to God, learnt more about myself, explored a new place and grew closer to Tim and Chloe too.

Whilst I was out there I experienced my first ever Thanksgiving. We went to an American family’s house, which was really lovely, to experience a traditional Thankgiving. We were really welcomed into the home as well. I really enjoyed celebrating with a traditional Thanksgiving meal, which by the way is yummy, and by meeting new people, being community and watching NFL on TV (which apparently is typical on Thanksgiving afternoon.)

Before the meal we prayed together saying what we were thankful for, a lovely touch, and I really really just loved the thought behind a day to share all that we can be thankful for. I think it;s so important to remember that despite our circumstances and things we are going through there is always something to thankful for.

Take a minute and think of something you are thankful for right now. Thank God for that thing. This challenge that has brought to the forefront of my mind over this season has really spurred me on in my prayers of thanks. There is a saying that goes “What happens if you wake up with only the things you thanked God for yesterday.” This, personally is such a challenge to me, and I think is a challenge for you too. We often have a list of things we want God to do for us, things we want Him to provide and sometimes we remember to add on the end of prayers something we are thankful for.

But what would happen if we actually spent a good amount of time rejoicing in what God has done for us, for what we have in our lives, for those prayers that we are waiting upon, for the fact He listens to us, is always with us and that He died for us.

The Bible says in Psalm 107: 1 that we should “Give thanks to The Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
So today, take some time out and thank God for all who He is, and all that He has done.

I am thankful for family, friends, shelter, love, financial security, a loving church family (2 in fact!), encouraging people placed around me, my story, my journey of becoming a youth worker, my calling, my hopes for the future, my personality that He gave me, for joy, for my mentor, for the young people I work with, for my dream career, for my skills and talents, for God who loves me, for support, for people who care about me, for my imagination, for my journey of becoming a Christian, for food in my fridge, for a lovely flatmate, for a beautiful neighbourhood, for he abilities that God has given me, for my travels that I’ve been on, for my university degree that I’ve nearly finished, for my education, for my childhood, for memories that have been made, for memories that are being made, those that are to be made in the future, for Jesus, who died for me, and for so much more.
Thank you God 🙂

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