…Lifestyle of Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

“Thanksgiving increases the proximity of God in our lives.” Shakirah A. Hill

When we take time to reflect and thank God for the things He’s done, our hearts soften and become more sensitive to the essence of who He is. We give ourselves the opportunity to recognize the favor and intention in everything around us; we change our less than positive thinking to that of a renewed and peaceful mind; we move our focus from us to Him.

What are you thankful to God for? What can you take the time to praise Him for, even in this moment?

When we praise Him for all that He’s done, we acknowledge His sovereignty over our lives, we defeat attempts of the Enemy and we set the atmosphere for the work of His Living Spirit within us. Thanksgiving, essentially, draws us closer to Him and in turn, Him closer to us (James 4:8 NLT).

With the prompting of the holiday, let’s create/continue to lead a lifestyle, not solely a day, of Thanksgiving. In thanksgiving, we gain more of Him! In it, we win!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Be thankful.

On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence. Know this: God is God, and God, God. He made us; we didn’t make him. We’re his people, his well-tended sheep. Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him. For God is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever. Psalm 100 (MSG)

…Maker of Beautiful Things

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Last month, Gungor’s new album I Am Moutain reached top 10, overall, on iTunes!  Although I love their new single (here), one of my favorites – an “old school” Gungor – reminds me that He makes beautiful things…out of the dust; out of us.

Press play. Be encouraged. You are made beautiful.

Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8

…Meditation Moment : Ephesians 2:10

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For [you] are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for [you] to do. Ephesians 2:10

…Meditation Moment : John 14:1; Philippians 4:19

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“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me…” John 14:1 (ESV)

 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

…Meditation Moment : Matthew 19:26

impossible to failJesus…said,“Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Matthew 19:26 (NLT)

…Meditation Moment : Nehemiah 9:5-6; Revelation 4:11

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“…Blessed be Your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship You.” Nehemiah 9:5-6

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:11