I don’t know about you, but Pastor G and I have endured some pretty rough times. We know what hunger and homelessness is like, and we know how to give thanks during times like that just like we know how to give thanks when our needs are met, and, to us, abundantly so.
We thanked God for working our hunger and homelessness for our good and for His glory even when we didn’t know where food to maintain physical life or shelter would come from. We thanked God for the temporary warmth of a car heater during well below freezing nights we spent inside it along with our two dogs. We thanked God we would yet live to see another day. We thanked God for food from food banks, food that was discarded by supermarkets but was still quite edible. We thanked God for bathrooms that were in stores that we could use to relieve ourselves. We thanked God for supermarkets that opened early at 5am that we could take a cart and walk around for exercise even though we couldn’t purchase anything. We thanked God for keeping our car running and starting every morning in the cold even though we could put little gas in it.
Currently, we are thankful for how God turned our life around and provided employment in one of those supermarkets we once wandered in. We thank God for the employee discount that allows us to stretch our dollars and have quality food to eat and enjoy. We thank God for the miracles of replacing a 20 year old vehicle with one that was 10 years old at the time. We praise Him for giving us the funds to maintain it so that we can enjoy it for many years to come. We praise Him for giving us the funds to purchase a home in a 55+ park that we will own outright in less than 4 years. We praise God for knowing that, at this stage of our life, we don’t need a huge lawn to maintain. We rent the land, and it is just enough for Pastor G to indulge in his love of gardening.
Scripture says to give thanks in everything, and we surely have learned how to do that. Today, I am thankful for the gift of being able to share this post with you so you can examine yourself to see how thankful you are regardless of what’s going on in your life. I am also thankful that God has given us enough food to share with others right here where we live who had been without food. I know how humbling it can be to receive food and other things when we were well able to provide them in the past for ourselves. I also know how blessed we can be when someone follows God the Holy Spirit’s leading and gives as He shows them to.
Yesterday, Pastor G and I prayed together like we usually do and thanked God that we could be love to others like He is. That’s when He placed these neighbors in our hearts.
So, how thankful are you? Can you thank God for being His instrument of blessing to another? Can you follow His lead when He does so? Do you thank Him for being able to follow His lead and be love to others just like He is?
Pastor G and I pray that you can indeed be thankful and give thanks for all things. If you don’t see how you can be thankful, ask God for help. He will open your spiritual eyes to see. That’s another thing to be thankful for.
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