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

Thankful in a Big Way – Psalm 136:1-3

My Facebook feed has been overwhelmed by expressions of thankfulness this week. My friends are appreciating the people they love, beauty they find, and things that delight them, so I won’t add to what’s already been covered on this Giving-of-Thanks day.

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I’m looking at a bigger picture today, thanking God because he is good. Without his goodness, all the other things I appreciate would not exist.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 136:1-3 ESV).

So many of the things we appreciate are not going to be around long, but  the steadfast love of the God of all gods and Lord of all lords endures forever.

This is too magnificent for my tiny brain. If we still lived on our acreage in the country, I’d probably go outside and scream.

Thank you, God! You are God! and Your love endures for ever!

by Kathy Sheldon Davis