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Today, Reflect on Your Blessings

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him. Isaiah 64:4

One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is reflecting over my last year, but sometimes the truest Thanksgiving comes when I look farther back.

I love digging out my old prayer journals. This is part of a prayer from 1999:

Dear Jesus, I thank You for this new morning. I thank You that you desire to meet with me as much as I desire to meet with You—even more. I have yet to see how my life can be transformed by being solely committed to You, living a life without reservation, instead of trusting, listening and obeying in all things. Whose lives would be affected? Whom would I touch? How would eternity be forever changed?

I love looking back more than a year because so much has happened. I’ve celebrated 23 years of marriage, raised three amazing kids, led three mission trips, helped open a pregnancy center, started two teen mom support groups, started a blog, wrote numerous books, moved to Arkansas for ministry, started a radio podcast, and adopted three children! Those are the highlights.

There have been many hard moments—painful moments—too. As James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” Jesus acts on those who wait for Him. He helps us persevere, and He promises a crown of life at the end of our journey. That’s something to be thankful for!

Faith Step: This Thanksgiving don’t just take time to look over the past year and share things you are thankful for. Instead, look back over the last five or ten years...maybe even more. Share ways you’ve persevered. Share accomplishments you’ve achieved through and for Jesus. Finally, share how Jesus has acted as you’ve waited for Him.

By Tricia Goyer

This devotion is excerpted from Mornings with Jesus 2015.
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    I'm thankful for you my friend!
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    Continued blessings and hugs,
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    I came home today with a new long skirt. My sister-in-law said a woman she knows was getting rid of clothes and this one still had a tag on it of 70 some dollars, reduced to 44 dollars. She had to work today, she watches mentally challenged adults, yet she made a corn, corn muffin mixture with sour cream and brought that along with the skirt to our get together for Thanksgiving. She was glad that somebody else did the cooking today.

    We were talking about God in our lives. She is wonder woman. She is a couple of years younger than me, but her husband is blind and she is the breadwinner. She has this job and cleans houses to pay their health insurance, yet she manages to think of ways to bless others. She has so much on her plate that I often think, if it was me, I would have a mental breakdown.
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    Comment edited on: 11/28/2014 12:23:36 AM
    In all things give thanks!!!
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