God’s word tells us in Ephesians 5:20 that we should “give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”.   This morning I was reflecting on this and it doesn’t say just the good stuff, it says everything.  How does this reflect in your life?  Are you thankful for all things?  I know for me, this time of year, it is sometimes easy to be thankful because we are reminded at Thanksgiving to stop and be thankful.  Thankful for the turkey meal that we will be sitting down to enjoy with our family and some of you may even have the pleasure of enjoying the meal with extended family and friends.


I have so much to be thankful for, health comes to mind.  I’m breathing the air that God’s provided, and able to wake up each day to a day that He has planned just for me.  This time last year I was healing from a broken ankle and a couple of fractures, now how do you find thankfulness in a situation like that?  I was thankful for being able to work from home while healing, thankful for an army of good friends that brought us meals, thankful for the doctor and medical staff (yes even the Physical Therapist) that were extremely helpful in my healing process.


Was it convenient?  No!  I remember my two sons wanting to just pick me up to take me into the house so we could enjoy our Thanksgiving meal at one of their houses, but, no, I had to do it myself with that scooter I had and the only saving grace was that it wasn’t the crutches (I’m convinced that those are from the devil, lol).  I am so thankful for my family, they are truly gifts from God.


Thankful for the call I received from one of the couples here at the church that wants to open their home up to a couple or family that don’t have family here to enjoy a thanksgiving meal with and knowing that this church couple will love on their new guests and make them feel welcomed and special.


Thankful for the call I got from a good friend that is a member here and she was involved in the Hamilton County Great Banquet last weekend.  One of her relatives attended and didn’t really know why she was going since her husband reminded her that she wasn’t religious.  She accepted Christ and is going to be baptized here at our church the day after Thanksgiving!  Thank you Jesus!


Thankful for being a mentor mom at our MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting, and being able to challenge one of the moms at my table that she could pray out loud.  In love, reminding her that it is conversation with God and that she could do it.  She did!  …and I know God was smiling down at her and I was very thankful that the words God gave me encouraged her to do something that was not in her comfort zone.


Thankfulness gives us a heart of gratitude and we know that every good gift comes from God (James 1:17).  When our hearts are in a good space, full of Him, we can see more clearly and not miss all the gifts to be thankful for and this enables us to send up a one liner (I loves these because you can send them up anytime, anywhere, and as often as you like) thanking Him.


Let’s all be thankful each day (not just this time of year) and as Paul reminded us in 1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18 “Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”.  Do you belong to Him?  Have you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior?  If yes, I’m very thankful.  If no, please let us talk and we will both be thankful!!!


Sherri Stetnish
Connection Director




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