What Are You Thankful For?

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the blessings God has bestowed on us. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving season? 

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 118:1 (ESV)

Amid the strife and divide permeating nearly every aspect of our society, you and I have a lot to be grateful and thankful for. Ours is truly an age like no age before it. Sure, we could focus on what we don’t have, but what’s the point in that? We need to focus on what we have, not on what’s missing in our lives. 

God made you just the way you are. There is no one else who can quite be you like you. Life is precious. Don’t waste it caught up in trying to obtain treasures that rust. Acquire those things that are eternal, that last beyond this lifetime. 

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Live life in praise. Don’t gloat and don’t mope. Neither are good attitudes positionally or eternally. God’s got you. Don’t ever doubt that. Even when you’re walking through the fire and enduring a tumultuous storm. Keep your eyes on Jesus, trusting Him to see you through whatever adversity you are facing. 

I am thankful.

I’m thankful for my life and my beautiful wife, Sweet T. I’m grateful for our families and our four-legged fur babies. I’m overwhelmed with joy at being used by God as a vessel for delivering the Gospel. I am grateful for recovery and second chances. I am happy to have the opportunity every day to motivate someone to be and do better. I’m thankful for God’s grace and mercy. He is so good, it’s unfathomable much of the time. I am thankful for friends—new and old—they make life better. I’m grateful for you—the reader—who takes time to reflect on the words I’ve written. 

What are you thankful for?

Praying you and your family will have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Blessings,

The Devotional Guy™

 

For the Love of God and the Promise of a Donut

Since our church became a Central Drop-Off Location for Operation Christmas Child several years ago, Sweet T and I spend Saturday mornings moving hundreds of cartons filled with thousands of shoebox gifts out of the Sunday school room and loading them into a 28-foot pup trailer. Our Saturday morning crew consists of a number of people: men, women, and children; individuals and families; who generously give of their time on what seems to always be a beautiful Fall Saturday morning, to help us complete this monumental task. They do it for the love of God and the promise of a donut, with joy and love, grunts and laughter. 

Matthew 9:37 (ESV)

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 

Every year during National Collection Week, Sweet T and I are overwhelmed by our numerous Operation Christmas Child volunteers who freely give of their time to help us complete the mission of this wonderful ministry. Every collection season we look forward to seeing familiar faces, many of them who have worked alongside us since we began this journey. Each year, we’re blessed by new volunteers who fall in love with the heart of this ministry that brings the love of Jesus to millions of children all around the globe.  

We are also incredibly blessed by our growing donor network, many who start out like Sweet T and I did back in 2008, packing a box or two only to multiply that number into hundreds and hundreds of love-filled, prayer-immersed shoebox gifts.  

Psalm 105:1 (ESV)

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples.

It is truly amazing to see God at work through the church, inside the four walls of brick and mortar, and outside the traditional church walls, in businesses, schools, small groups, and other community organizations. It’s been an incredible week so far and Sweet T and I find ourselves feeling very grateful, encouraged by our sea of ministry partners who answer the Lord’s call to deliver exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever imagine. 

Matthew 16-20 ESV

You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.  A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

God is good all the time and all the time God is GOOD!!!

Blessings,

The Devotional Guy™

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