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Thanksgiving


It is coming and it is coming quickly! That wonderful time of year that we spend eating too much, having party after party, and trying to juggle extra time with family and friends. Yep, we have entered the “Holiday Season.” And while it does bring some extra busyness, it is also one of the most incredible times in our year.

As I was preparing for some of the Thanksgiving lessons and scripture readings, I read through Psalm 107. Have you read that Psalm lately? It’s amazing. There are many passages that I read and remember past times that they stood out to me, but I cannot remember this particular passage. It was exciting to find a “new” passage! So I wanted to share a bit of what stood out to me and see what stands out to you.

It starts off with:

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.

A phrase I’ve heard before, but as I read the rest of the Psalm, it began to give a different perspective for me in regards to giving thanks. The Psalm takes this turn and begins to talk about various people and their circumstances. The one that really stood out to me is in verses 10 & 11:

Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom,
imprisoned in iron chains of misery.
They rebelled against the words of God,
scorning the counsel of the Most High.

There are times when I have felt like I sat in “darkness and deepest gloom.” I can think of times when I did not listen to the counsel of the Most High. But here is what is amazing about each of these circumstances, and the others mentioned–

Each time the people finally cried out to God, God answered.

I get the impression that many of the circumstances in which the people find themselves, they created themselves. And yet, God answers. But not all of them are in circumstances they created. For some, it is just life in all its overwhelming force and they need help. They hit rock bottom and cry out. And God redeems. God leads. God calms. God transforms. God rescues. That is why we can give thanks…

The last verse says this:

Those who are wise will take all this to heart;
they will see in our history the faithful love of the Lord.

So what is in your history? When have you been redeemed, led, calmed, transformed, rescued? During this next week, while everyone is thinking of what they are thankful for, I would encourage you to think about what God has done over this past year and give thanks. Or maybe you are in the middle of the place where you need God to answer your call. Either way, I hope God minsters to you through this Psalm!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Legacy


I had a really awesome experience this morning. I get to spend the week at my grandparents. The rest of the family will be headed to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving on Thursday. But until then, it’s just me and the Grands! Love it!

So this morning after sleeping in for a while, I meandered downstairs and discovered that I was just in time to join Grandma and Grandpa for their morning scripture reading. Every morning, they sit down with their coffee, Bible, and copy of My Utmost for His Highest and read together. Grandpa opens up Utmost first and reads allowed the daily devotional. The devotional always starts with a scripture verse so when he is done reading the devotional, he opens the Bible to read the chapter from which the scripture came. After reading, the time always ends with Grandpa praying for the day’s events, family members, and God’s will to be done.

It was fantastic to listen to Grandpa read. His voice has become a bit more raspy over the years, but he still reads the entire thing out loud. Grandma would interject a statement here and there about a time that the particular verse just read was significant in her life. As I was listening to my Grandpa, considering the words written by Oswald Chambers, thinking about Grandma’s words, I was struck with how amazing the moment was.

I have always known that I am extremely blessed because of the family I am a part of. All of my grandparents have incredible relationships with Jesus, and today I was reminded about that. I remembered back over the years how every time I spent the night at one of the grandparent’s home, the morning time always included time reading scripture and praying. I don’t know how many times I’ve sat in on the grandparent’s devotion time…. today, though, I was completely overwhelmed with the thought of the legacy that has been passed on to me.

There were years and days that the grandparents could have given up on their diligence in developing their relationship with Jesus. But they didn’t. And because they have remained so faithful, I have been given a very rich and deep heritage. The legacy that they are passing onto me is the kind that will never fade. It’s an eternal legacy.

It’s the kind of legacy that fuels my passion to help other families see the value in building their legacy with their own family. It’s a big reason why I believe so strongly in things like the Walk and Talk family devotional from our church. Or being faithful to talk to our kids about Jesus. Or why I believe it is never to late for parents to disciple the hearts of their children. The kind of legacy that we should pass on needs to be the eternal kind. The kind that is a testimony to the faithfulness of Jesus. It doesn’t happen over night, but neither is it ever to late to start.

During this Thanksgiving week, I would encourage you to be thankful for the legacies that have been given to you and to take time to consider the legacy that you are passing on. Is it eternal? Is it the kind of testimony that other people will look at and think “Wow… God is faithful….”? I am extremely thankful for the legacy of my grandparents and parents and I hope that my legacy can be even a small bit like theirs!


Walk and Talk Devotion


Here is the at home devotional for this Thanksgiving week. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Remember together!

Start the week by remembering the Big Idea from Sunday and the spend time memorizing the scripture focus. Put the memory verse in a place that your family will see it through the week.

Big Idea:  Final Judgment – We believe that everyone will face the judgment of God with its rewards and punishments.

Memory Verse:  “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:12-13

 

Read Together!

Spend time each day reading the passages for the week.

Day 1: Psalm 119:145-160

Day 2: Psalm 121

Day 3: Psalm 122

Day 4: Psalm 123

Day 5: John 4:1-42 (reading this passage will help you prepare for Sunday morning)

Talk together!

Discover biblical truth by talking together about the scripture.

What good things have you seen this week? What do those good things show you about God’s character? After reading the passage, what can you give thanks to God for? Are there things in the scripture that help you remember or know who God is? What do you learn about Jesus from the passage? How does the passage influence or change or shape your thinking? What do you think Jesus wants you to learn from the passage?

Pray together!

Recording praises and requests in a journal will help you (and your family) continually recognize what God is doing!

This week, try using the majority of your time praying together just giving thanks to God. It’s the season of Thanksgiving, but this is habit that we should always have! So what are you thankful for to God? What has God been doing in your life/in your family that you can turn into praise?

Pray God’s will for your child, your friends, your family, by praying scriptures. Insert someone’s name in the blank as you pray.

“Lord, may __________ rejoice in your promise, like one who finds a great treasure!” Psalm 119:1632


Praise


What is the difference between “praise” and “thanksgiving”? Do you know? Have you ever thought about it?

Dictionary.com defines PRAISE as “the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.” It defines THANKSGIVING as “the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, especially to God.

Those definitions are just for you to think about. Here’s what I think 🙂

Praise has so much more to do with admiring the character of someone than just acknowledging the things someone gives us. When it comes to God, we can be pretty good at recognizing what God gives us… but do we see who God is? Do we see the character of God and the attributes of God or are we wrapped up in just seeing the things from God?

The Psalms can help us move from just seeing what God gives us to who God is. Today’s Engage the Word passage is Psalm 103. I would encourage you, after reading the Psalm, to spend sometime writing your own Psalm of praise (either on your own or with your family).

What about God do you admire? At what qualities of God are you amazed? What do you praise and thank God for?


Thankful


I turned on facebook real quick this morning to see what was going on in the world of my friends and one of them had this question in her status:

What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?

Wow. Really made me think… what if?… It caused me to stop and ask myself, did I really thank God for the good gifts in my life yesterday? As I reflected, I could totally identify things I had thanked God for- like my friends (new and old), my new home, and the new football season. But what if I woke up today with only the things I had thanked God for yesterday? Well, then I have to admit I missed a lot!

All of this has caused me to remember that an attitude of thankfulness is so important. And not just at Thanksgiving. There is so much to be thankful for, not just big life events or relationships, but so many little good things as well. James 1:17 says, Every good gift and every perfect give is from above….Being thankful should be part of my daily attitude, habits, and lifestyle. So that is what I am going to work on this week. And to start, I am thankful for a new day, fresh coffee, and the patience of my Savior as I figure out what it means to live a life completely restored to it’s full potential!