Hey friends, how are you today? How was your week? We have been enjoying the very best weather over here in my neck of the woods, especially when Buffalo, which is just a little over one hundred miles away from us received over four feet of snow. Of course, we know this won’t last, but today, we are thankful for temperatures over 40°. Hubby and I went away for the weekend, and it was good.  My soul needed that time away.  Thank you, sweetheart.  Can you believe Thanksgiving Day is in two days! Wow! Time flies! Although I should admit, I am presently listening to Point of Grace Christmas songs; ‘All is well’ is one my favorite.   Have I said before I love this time of the year? I just want to soak up every one of days like these, because truly they are a gift from God.  

This Thanksgiving Day will be different certainly; a little less people, perhaps less food, although at this point this seems unlikely, maybe even less shopping, although that too, seems unlikely.  but hopefully thankful hearts will be present.  As a child and also a teenager, when I was asked to name a few things, I was thankful for, believe me when I say, I could not think of any. It sounded so trite and unremarkable to say, ‘I’m thankful for my family, for food (everybody said those things, I wanted to stand out, I wanted to be different, but I could not think of anything that had not already been said.  

The month of November has always brought the giving of thanks, more than any other month, to the forefront of my mind, (I wonder why?)  Most days, in my time with the Lord, I do give thanks, but at times, it feels obligatory, not very intentional.  Why do you think the giving of thanks is as necessary as breathing for us as Christians? The Lord commands us to give Him thanks, but is it because He needs it? Does it add to His stature when we say, “thank you? Do the words profit Him in any way? Do they benefit Him? 

I don’t think saying thanks makes the Lord bigger, stronger, better in any way.  Neither does it endear us to Him any more than we are already.  God is not a man, like you and me, who requires thanks for us to keep giving or loving each other. We hold it against them when the other person does not say “thank you” for all that we’ve done.  We are upset when others take what we do for them as their due. While this may cause us to become slightly bitter,  the Lord does not NEED our “thank you“. He already has and owns everything and everyone.  

So why then should we give thanks if it adds nothing to God’s stature? We gives thanks for our good! Giving thanks helps us to look back, to take stock, to compare (not against each other, but where we are today against where we were yesterday).  It allows us to evaluate our lives and its direction; helps us to realize that in spite of the severity of our life today, it could always be worse.  When we give thanks, we starve depression of its hold on us.  We make our days glad and the lives of others around us happy.  We give and get hope when we say, “thank You”, because we know better days will come in the morning.  When we say “thank You” we allow ourselves to breathe and find joy and beauty in our present circumstances. We are reminded we are not alone; not only are there others like us, perhaps with similar issues, but there is also the presence of the God of the universe.  We are reassured of the goodness and greatness and mercy and grace of God.  We are reminded of His faithfulness and His strength.  Our foundation in Him is reinforced, when we say, “thank You”.  We have a testimony to share with our words, because we are aware that others need hope too. We learn to rest and take comfort in the promises of God, which frees us to ease the heart of others. 

So today, take the time to give thanks.  Intentionally reflect on your blessings, whatever they may be, say ‘thank you’.  Say “thank you” in spite of the circumstances and because of the circumstances.  Remember our God is bigger than all the mountains combined, deeper than all the valleys and He is greater than the sum of all our problems.  What are you thankful for, today? 

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37 responses to “FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS…”

  1. Thank you Brenda! I completely relate to not wanting to say the seemingly prescribed response when asked What are you thankful for? At the table this year, I got to reflect and say I was “thankful for genuine laughter and actual silly moments. I’m thankful for the ability to keep going even when everything feels horrible and is a mess (resilience), and this is because of the faithfulness of God. So I’m thankful that God is faithful and full of mercy, even when we are faithless.”

    Thank you for your posts. I always enjoy reading them ❤

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  2. I am thankful for YOU, my dear! I always look forward to your posts, and am never disappointed.
    This: “We learn to rest and take comfort in the promises of God, which frees us to ease the heart of others.” Wow, what insight, what a statement. When we leave our burdens at the foot of the cross, we are then more ably fit to offer our services to God.

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  3. I am thankful that God is on His throne and there is nothing man can do to mess that up. I love your post, especially the reminder that God doesn’t need our thanks, but we certainly owe it to Him and receive a blessing just from being thankful. I am re-blogging and directing people to the original post.

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  4. Thanks so much for this encouragement in Christ Jesus!

    I woke up this morning not feeling very wanted or thankful. The attached song (I Exhalt Thee-It Is Well) was playing in my head as I prayed. It is my practice to ignore my phone during my morning time with God. Then the phone buzzed, and I was moved to look at it. There was your blog. Thank you, He knew I needed that!

    So often we think we are in control, but surrender is admitting to God we know we are not in control, He is. Like you write, our thankfullness is not for Him but for us.

    When we recognize that our God is the Holy creator that made everything, and that He chose us before He made His creation, we give thanks in His glory for His Grace. Praying for you and your ministry. ??

    L??L?? Love Others Loudly!

    Mark McCuen ________________________________

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