Thanksgiving week—is the time we know we’re supposed to express our thankfulness to God. The Scriptures remind us often of this truth; 1 Thessalonians 5:18, for example, tells us, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Psalm 9:1 says, “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.”
But have you thought about why we should be thankful to God?
I’ve been a follower of Christ for close to 30 years now. As I look through these years, I realize that expressing my thanks to our Heavenly Father may be as powerful as any other discipline of the Christian life.
Being thankful compels me to fix my eyes on God rather than on myself. It humbles me. It lifts my mind off my troubles and anxieties and reminds me that God will always provide for my needs, and that “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Being thankful lifts my spirit.
Remembering God's care and provision
During this period of Thanksgiving, here’s one way to cultivate a thankful heart: Spend time listing God’s blessings in your life. And don't stop until you've listed at least 10-15. The exercise will force you to think creatively about God’s care and provision—even in small things.
Am thankful to the Lord for:
· My family and friends who make my life so rich with joy.
· My fellow little orphans and vulnerable children here at God’s Village and the gift of life He has given to us all regardless of what we have been through like diseases and other circumstances.
· Volunteers ‘Care Giver’ who knows how to share a laugh even when the schedule is so tight there's no time to breathe.
· Our dear sponsors and prayer partners who always stand with us and the ministry at large through their funds and prayers.
· The mosquito nets, irrigation pump and the surprise boxes that we received from our dear sponsors which have created a positive impact at the orphanage.
· The anointing of God He has given me to save Him mightily through the Community Outreach Missions Program in which I have seen many people giving their lives to Christ and God- given wisdom of the human soul that knows, deep down, that God is, and that He is good.
. The eternal and unchanging promises of God—that I am His and He is mine, now and forever.
. That there is a sure day coming when I will know Him fully, just as I have been known, and I will see Him face to face.
So, what are you thankful for to the Lord during this thanksgiving week?