A Quick Thanksgiving Meditation – Philippians 4:6-8

My eyes were stinging as I mixed the chopped onions into the dressing for the turkey a little while ago. Earlier I’d chosen a playlist on YouTube that featured Maranatha Music’s scripture songs. I sang along with a couple of them as I puttered around the kitchen, enjoying the encouraging, uplifting thoughts. Then this came up.

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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-8 NIV).

I’ve taken these words to heart today.

In every situation, whatever the economic or political climate, however my relationships are playing out or the tasks getting done, no matter what is going on around me or in me, there’s no need to get anxious. In every situation I will turn to God with prayer and petition, thanking him for all he gives.

The following verse is where we’re told to only think about those things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. That’ll keep my head busy!

His peace overrules all I don’t understand.

Thank you so much, Lord.

My timer just went off so I need to go check the oven. Happy Thanksgiving!

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in the Willamette Valley. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for Pathways—Moments with God since 2016 and posts devotionals on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .

1 comment

  1. Kathy, love this. I was also glad I didn’t have to cook a turkey this year.We went out and I’ll et your dinner was better than mine. Nice word.

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