Throwback Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving!

Hashtags have found a way into our lives and in our standard of communication.  These keywords or lettered initials are used for several reasons.  They increase the probability of likes on a post or picture.  They can link you to others who are expressing the same interest in a particular subject or person.  At other times, they make a statement without going too deep into content.

One of my favorite hashtags I see people use is #tbt (Throwback Thursday).  When you see these, people are sharing stuff that you may not have been privileged to see before.  Perhaps it was a photograph from an exotic honeymoon vacation many years before you met the individual.  Or, how about when people share pictures of themselves as babies or young children.  I like to look at these the most and compare their features to what I see today and mark the resemblance, and so on.

Throwback Thursday gives us a view to people’s past.  These moments shared are often joyful and heartwarming, bringing out the “Aww!” of nostalgia.

The more I think about it, the more it came to me that our Thanksgiving celebrations are like those throwbacks we see posted in social circles.  For it is at Thanksgiving, if we are nothing else, we are grateful.  When our minds take in the year we just went through – all the Lord God has brought us through, we are grateful.  When we see His hands working in things for which we had no control, we are grateful.  When we look back over our lives, when we take our own trips down memory lane and see His deliverances, His help, His love and mercy, His grace and anointing at work in our lives, we are grateful.  When we see those snapshots of where we have been and compare them to where we are now, we are grateful.

For at Thanksgiving, a time in our history, we set aside this day to express gratitude and thankfulness for what the Lord has done for us.  We enjoy a feast of good food.  We enjoy fellowship with family and friends (even if some of it is done virtually this year).  We come together for the reason of celebrating with like minds and like hearts.

While this year those gatherings may look different and the feasts for some may seem smaller or not quite what you are used to, let’s keep the grandness of this day – the reason for its purpose front and center: thankfulness for all God has done for us.

During this Thanksgiving, this throwback Thursday, reminisce on God’s faithfulness through this year and through your life.  In your mind’s eye, allow yourself to wander and spend some time on those beautiful snapshots, those past moments, those photographs of your life, and be reminded of His faithfulness at work.

And, while many of us can’t meet or come together as we usually do, we have those good memories of great love and times shared in the past.  We have the love and memories from our Heavenly Father and the love and memories of those blessed souls He has placed in our lives that we call family and friends.

Today, as I look back, I am thankful for so much.  In the little details and the grand adventures, I am thankful.

I have had times of tears and times of joy, but knowing God is still with me today and He has an even greater plan beyond what we see for this day or even for this year – I am thankful.

No wonder David wrote, “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth,” (Psalm 34:1).  There will be some times that are harder than others, but it is God who sustains us and protects us, and loves us through it all.  Therefore, we praise.  Therefore, we still give Him thanks!

I pray that however this Thanksgiving finds you, it will find you in the peace and love of the Lord above all.  Blessings to you and Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Reason for Thanks

 

Yes, I know.  Trust me, I know.  It is too easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays and forget to stay focused on the real meaning behind them.

After all, I am expected to have an immaculate house, be able to put a five-star feast on the table, look happy even though I have been up half the night, and on, and on, and on.  I FEEL YOU!  In this area, we all do our very best to make the holidays most enjoyable for everyone involved.  We primp, we cook, and we do what we have to do to pull it all off.

Can I tell you, Thanksgiving is a day not like another?  Its whole focus rests on a God who keeps His promises.  God has promised that every need we have will be supplied.  He declares in His Word that with Him there is no want.  The fact that we are here to see another Thanksgiving is celebration enough.  Not only are we here, but we are here because He has provided the way.  He has orchestrated our lives so well, that we ended up right where He intended – to see this day; to celebrate this day; to enjoy love and fellowship this day.  We have this day!

Let us not lose that focus.  I know it’s easy to follow mainstream society and just look at this day as a football/feasting day as we put together our lists of stores we want to hit afterward to rack up the Black Friday deals.

It is so much more!

Think now, as you read this, just from the time that you have opened your eyes this morning, are you able to even begin to count all the blessings He has done for you?

Are you?

When you think of every breath you have inhaled and exhaled; every morsel of food you have placed in your mouth; every sickness or disease He has kept you from or brought you through or is currently bringing you through . . .

When you think about every bit of warmth that wraps around you as you lay cozy in bed at night . . .

When you think about every blessing – period; do we (me included) really want to shortchange God?  Do we want to leave Him out of a day that was proclaimed to praise Him for all that He has done for us?

No, we don’t!

In your celebrating don’t leave out the main reason for celebrating: God; for this isn’t just a normal day.  It’s a day of giving thanks to the One who only truly deserves it.

Don’t let mister gobble gobble or all the festivities take over this wonderful day.  Enjoy this day.  Enjoy your family and friends.  Even, enjoy your feast and such.  But, more importantly – enjoy your God because He is enjoying you.  After all, He is our reason for thanks.

Have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!

Psalm 75:1, “Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.”

The Reason for Thanks

 

Yes, I know.  Trust me, I know.  It is too easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays and forget to stay focused on the real meaning behind them.

After all, I am expected to have an immaculate house, be able to put a five-star feast on the table, look happy even though I have been up half the night, and on, and on, and on.  I FEEL YOU!  In this area, we all do our very best to make the holidays most enjoyable for everyone involved.  We primp, we cook, and we do what we have to do to pull it all off.

Can I tell you, Thanksgiving is a day not like another?  Its whole focus rests on a God who keeps His promises.  God has promised that every need we have will be supplied.  He declares in His Word that with Him there is no want.  The fact that we are here to see another Thanksgiving is celebration enough.  Not only are we here, but we are here because He has provided the way.  He has orchestrated our lives so well, that we ended up right where He intended – to see this day; to celebrate this day; to enjoy love and fellowship this day.  We have this day!

Let us not lose that focus.  I know it’s easy to follow mainstream society and just look at this day as a football/feasting day as we put together our lists of stores we want to hit afterward to rack up the Black Friday deals.

It is so much more!

Think now, as you read this, just from the time that you have opened your eyes this morning, are you able to even begin to count all the blessings He has done for you?

Are you?

When you think of every breath you have inhaled and exhaled; every morsel of food you have placed in your mouth; every sickness or disease He has kept you from or brought you through or is currently bringing you through . . .

When you think about every bit of warmth that wraps around you as you lay cozy in bed at night . . .

When you think about every blessing – period; do we (me included) really want to short change God?  Do we want to leave Him out of a day that was proclaimed to praise Him for all that He has done for us?

No, we don’t!

In your celebrating don’t leave out the main reason for celebrating: God; for this isn’t just a normal day.  It’s a day of giving thanks to the One who only truly deserves it.

Don’t let mister gobble gobble or all the festivities take over this wonderful day.  Enjoy this day.  Enjoy your family and friends.  Even, enjoy your feast and such.  But, more importantly – enjoy your God because He is enjoying you.  After all, He is our reason for thanks.

Have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!

Psalm 75:1, “Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks: for that thy

name is near thy wondrous works declare.”