Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! We hope you're having a very blessed day and taking those moments to think back on all God as done for you! Even though some of you may not celebrate this holiday because you don't live here in the US, its still important to be thankful for all our Father has done for you even if it's not a national holiday.
Psalm 100 reads....
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He that made us, and we not ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.
This chapter in Psalms says to make a joyful noise unto God all nations. To serve with Him with gladness. To be thankful unto Him. And that His mercy is everlasting to all generations. There are no limitations to whether or not you live in a certain country or not. We're to be thankful to God for His provision and praise Him for it.
I can't tell you how many times lately I've had the words "be thankful" or "praise Him" come up in my personal Bible studied of late. I love hearing of the yearn for our triumphant noises from YHWH, but really thats all I was getting from the passages I was coming across daily, besides a reminder to be thankful.
So none of it really had a huge impact on me until this week. It's funny, but during Thanksgiving is more the time that I'll usually look back on the year prior and just think about all that has happened to me, thanking God, and also set a few goals for the next month or so. This really helps with the whole "New Year's Resolutions" thought as it gives you a chance to not be more or less a complete failure that "coming year" but to better say "how do I want to end this year in my life?".
So as I began doing that this week, I realized that really I've lost alot of people in my life within a year's time. Now thats not to say that it hasn't been apparent through the months at all! Believe me! But it just hit home when I really began to evaluate the last year or so. Many people have had to no longer be a part of my life for differing reasons, but instead of feeling completely depressed by the thought, I somehow had this emotion of thought that "its okay". Just that plain and simple thought that the Lord gave me has been my complete peace this week.
At the beginning of last week another person whom I'd become very close to can now no longer be part of my life at this time. And though deep sadness ensued, my expectation of being very depressed somehow was not there. Thats when it all made sense to me, why God had given me all those verses. All those passages about being thankful and praising His name. All those chapters I'd underlined for months. It all made complete sense to me as to why I'd really been reading them. God was preparing me for this time in my life and I didn't even know it.
The idea that I can be thankful right now without bitterness is so amazing. The emotion is just not there. I'm just so, so blessed that God would give me the strength I needed for a future time so many months before and that His peace has been my comfort that it leaves me completely overwhelmed that I can't help but praise Him.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus/Yeshua Messiah.
Many, many blessings to you,
the elder sister and writer