Yo is tomorrow seriously Thanksgiving? Like where has this year gone? Whew okay let’s get to the point of today’s post. I know my title sounds a bit cliché, but tis the season, right? This is the time of year that we gather with our families and give thanks for family, life and health. All “good” things of sort. Nothing wrong with that, you should do that however today, me being me, I want to look at giving thanks from a different perspective.
Sunday’s Word was eye-opening and quite convicting for me. Pastor spoke from the subject “Giving Thanks for His Will”. In his message he reminded us that we should give thanks in every area of our lives, specifically in our past, our current status, in everything that God did not give me, and in my unseen future. I have to be honest and tell you that it stung just a bit. I like to think that I’m a positive person, but after listening to this message, I saw areas where I complain more than I should. I realized that at times I can focus more on what I don’t have or how something is not going the way that I think it should, instead of thanking the Lord for the experience and moving forward. When given the opportunity I went to the altar to repent and vow to do better in this area. I left feeling pumped up thinking this will be a great week, I’m going to find every chance that I can to simply say thank you. You guessed it, the perfect set up for a test…
I’ve been challenged in a few areas this week and its only Wednesday. Really Lord, that’s how you do? lol Specifically I’ve been challenged in a memory of my past. This time last year I was pregnant with what would have now been my 4 month old baby. I thought I had moved past the anger, the pain, the disappointment but instead have been haunted by the memories of the events that led up to my miscarriage. All I see on social media are pregnancy announcements, videos of babies being born, precious newborn pictures and I found myself becoming obsessed with the idea of getting pregnant again. My husband and I have talked about it however decided together to leave it in the Lord’s hands. Even with this agreement I found myself secretly begging, pleading even for the Lord to allow it to happen now. I haven’t slept well all week dreaming of babies only to wake up and face my reality. Just that quick I forgot everything I said at the altar on Sunday.
So Its time to bring it back in, encourage myself and more importantly encourage you today. For some reason, one that I may never understand, the Lord decided to take my angel back to Heaven with Him. Although the thought and the memory of what could have been hurt me deeply, it had to happen. This miscarriage had to take place in my life so that I am able to share my experience with another woman who may be experiencing the same thing. If I made it (am making it) through this, so can you. Your past may harbor different types of pains or situations that you don’t quite understand, but today on this Thanksgiving Eve, I want to encourage you to give thanks anyway. Look past your feelings and simply say “Thank You”. It had to happen sis in order for you to have a better present life and an even better brighter future. We don’t know what tomorrow holds, but we do know who holds tomorrow and He has it all in control. And guess what, if He allowed you to live through it, He’s given you an even greater reason to thank Him. Every piece of the puzzle is for a reason and for a purpose and for that we should give thanks.
So before you dive into the great spread tomorrow, take a moment to say thank you for all things. For every good, bad and indifferent thing that has happened in my life and for those things that are yet to come, God I thank you. I (we) owe that to you.
in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 AMP
Peace & Blessings,