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Jennifer Jo Weiss

Making a List and Checking it Twice

  Today, amidst all the baking and rushing around, I wanted to stop and give thanks to the Lord.  I am an avid list maker... I probably make lists of things every day; chores, grocery items, etc.   I probably have 3-4 lists going at any given time.    But today I want to list my most cherished blessings and reasons I have thanksgiving in my heart.  Let me start with this verse:

"Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift."

2 Corinthians 9:15 KJV

Here are some things that I am thankful for: 

T-  Time with family  and friends

H- His unfailing love

A- All of my senses

N- Not lacking anything from God

K- Kids (especially my own)

S-  Salvation

G- Good food to eat

I- Imaginations 

V- Victorious living

I- "I " am a child of God and His precious jewel

N- Nothing is impossible with Him

G-  Generosity and giving Christ to others

So remember to make your own list of reasons you are thankful and think on those things (Philippians 4, verse eight) .  Too many times in life we dwell on the problems and not the good things that God is doing in our midst.  Make your list and check it twice!!!

And finally I would like to reveal one of my pet peeves.  Now this really bugs me folks... Christians who do not give thanks for their food before they eat it!  If we are to take Christ's example, why do we fail to follow the scriptures in this area?  Should we not be giving thanks in all things... especially when God has provided for us?  Sustenance is not something that should be taken for granted.   His provision is something to thank Him about and our giving thanks for our food shows that we are giving honor to the Lord who has provided for us.

A few Sundays ago, my middle son was out to eat with friends.  The appetizers were served and then the meals came, but he wouldn't touch it until he asked the family he was with, "Can we pray so we can eat?"     Don't forget to give thanks and also consider special prayer time that you might give thanks around the table for your list of blessings. 



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