Recently I have been spending a lot of time thinking about both the past and the future. I try to imagine what life will be like in the next couple of years. Will Scott and I have another kid? Where will we be living? I have also been thinking about the past and the life Scott and I have started to build together.
Thanksgiving is just days away and I have a lot to be thankful for. Honestly, who doesn’t have a lot to be thankful for. I am not even sure where to start, so I thought I would start with what I have learned about the word “thanksgiving.”
The word thanksgiving is mentioned an average of 32 times throughout the Bible (it depends on the version you are reading). In the original Greek it simply means “thankfulness, gratitude; giving of thanks.” I was not surprised by this definition at all! We have all heard about the first thanksgiving, you know with the pilgrims and Indians but what about all the “thanksgivings” in the Bible. There are many examples throughout the Bible of people feasting simply because they are thankful. The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), I know this was a parable and therefore didn’t really happen but it is still a great example. One of my favorite examples is in Esther 8:15-17. Esther was a very strong and brave women that obeyed God and saved the Jewish people! They had a lot to be thankful for! These are just a few examples of people demonstrating thanksgiving.
I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving (Psalm 69:30 NIV).
I am so thankful for a husband that LOVES God and is willing to follow His calling no matter what that looks like. A husband is such a great, hands-on father that loves his son to the moon and back! A husband that loves and respects me the way God loves the church! I have an amazing son that is healthy, crazy smart, and has an amazing sense of humor (he seriously makes me laugh everyday). He brings so much joy and love into my life! I am thankful for a very supportive family. My family has been there for us through so much, thank God for family! I have a job! And not just any job but one where I can opening worship and serve the God I love! That is just the beginning of things that I am thankful for. God is so good, all the time! He has been so faithful to my little family! He is truly GREAT! Praise God from whom all blessings follow!
I hope and pray that everyone takes the time to reflect on what they are thankful for and praise the ONE that blessed you so richly!