1 Chronicles 16:34 (NLT)– “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.”
Hi WR2W, I pray that your month has been filled with blessings and your day will be one of joy, love, and gratitude. As I reflected on this past year, I embraced many different emotions that forced me to feel beyond the surface of my heart and brought me into moments of joy, indifference, and sadness. I became sad most often when remembering moments shared with loved ones who have transitioned to be with the Lord. However, I am grateful to God for the memories that He allowed us to create. For those of you who are having the same experience, I encourage you to seek the joy of the Lord as your strength. We are to “give thanks to the Lord, for He is good” even in the midst of mixed emotions. During this time of year, when we are expected to celebrate with family, friends, co-workers, etc., research shows that many of us are suffering from depression, loneliness, and unfulfillment, which in my opinion are the primary ingredients for the devil’s recipe. So, when we feel the vices of depression, loneliness, and unfulfillment coming our way, let us consider [them as] an opportunity for great joy and one that is fully developing our endurance where we will be perfect and complete, needing nothing (James 1:2-3 NLT). Why? Because God’s faithful love endures forever, and He fulfils His promises even when we wander in these vices yet for a moment.
Therefore, my prayer as we come closer to the end of the year is that we continue to give thanks to our Almighty Father for His goodness and faithfulness to all generations. Let us give thanks not just today or during the month of November, but every day because having the ability to breathe the breath of life and serve Him daily is indeed a true gift from God and we ought to be grateful. WR2W, I challenge each of us to finish this year and go into the next year thanking God daily for being God, our Everything, and complaining about nothing as we sow seeds of expectation and reap a harvest of manifested blessings. I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!
Let Us Pray…….
Abba Father, in the name of Jesus, we petition You with hearts of Thanksgiving, giving You praise, honor, and glory for being our Everything. God, thank You for being Good and Faithful, but most of all, we thank You for Your never-ending love. Father, You are more than Good and words cannot express the gratitude we have for You as You welcome us into Your presence. As filthy rags, You purify our hearts, clean our hands, and renew our minds so we are fit to enter in and worship You. Father God, there is nothing greater than worshipping at Your feet and breathing in the power of Your Holy Spirit. Sweet Jesus, thank You for interceding on our behalf and sacrificing Your life so we can serve and worship You in Spirit and in Truth. Holy Spirit we seek You as Comforter and Guide and we ask now in the name of Jesus that You lead us into all righteousness and grant us the Spirit of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control so we can serve the Kingdom in excellence. Holy Trinity, we give You thanks as “those who belong to Christ Jesus hav[ing] nailed the passions and desires of [our] sinful nature to [the] cross and crucifi[ng] them there (Galatians 5:22-24 NLT). O’ Mighty God, we commit our all to You in Thanksgiving, have Your way with us and forever use us for Your glory, in Jesus mighty and matchless name we pray, Amen!