The Joy of Being Thankful

Hello dear PWC friends.  I want to begin the month of November by saying how very thankful I am for you.  You bless my life with your smiling faces and your joy in learning God’s Word. 

Mark your calendars now as we look forward to our November PWC meetings.  Our topic this month will be “The Delicious Flavor of Humble Pie.”

North Dallas – Prestonwood CC – Tues Nov 17

Allen – Cottonwood Creek Baptist – Wed Nov 18

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Here is a devotional about the joy of being thankful.  See you soon!

As we start off the month of November, I want us to consider the importance of showing our gratitude toward God.  You and I both know how it feels when we do something nice for another person, and yet they never say thank you.  But I must admit I’m guilty of doing the same.  Life gets busy and I forget to write a note or call to let someone know how much I appreciate them or say thanks for what they have done. 

I’m guilty of that same sort of ingratitude toward God. Out of His kindness and love He cares for us and blesses us each day.  He answers prayers, He meets our needs, He comforts us, He strengthens us, and He forgives us even when we don’t deserve it.  Yet how often do we take the time to sincerely thank Him?  It’s interesting how we may be busy doing all sorts of good things for Him, but one thing He desires more than our sacrifice is our gratitude. 

Listen to what He says in Psalm 50:7-15

 7 “O my people, listen as I speak.
      Here are my charges against you, O Israel:
      I am God, your God!
 8 I have no complaint about your sacrifices
      or the burnt offerings you constantly offer.
 9 But I do not need the bulls from your barns
      or the goats from your pens.
 10 For all the animals of the forest are mine,
      and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.
 11 I know every bird on the mountains,
      and all the animals of the field are mine.
 12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
      for all the world is mine and everything in it.
 13 Do I eat the meat of bulls?
      Do I drink the blood of goats?
 14 Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God,
      and keep the vows you made to the Most High.
 15 Then call on me when you are in trouble,
      and I will rescue you,
      and you will give me glory.”

And later in verse 23 He says again, “Giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me.”

Why is thankfulness so important?  Gratitude keeps us humble as we continue to recognize all we have is from Him.  Gratitude makes us more joyful as we focus on the good things in our lives.  Most importantly gratitude builds a deeper love relationship between us and God.  It points our eyes toward Him and helps us reflect on His presence with us and care for us.

May I encourage you each day in the month of November to spend some quiet time alone with the Lord, and as you do begin by praising God for who he is and thanking him for what he has done in your life.  I like to keep a prayer journal and write down my requests to the Lord each day, but before I write any requests, I take time to write out my thanks to God for how he took care of me the day before.  Let’s honor God this month by allowing our daily prayers to be filled with gratitude for our loving God.

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