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8 Traits of God to Be Thankful For

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As a family we regularly praise God for Who He is, His Nature and Character during our prayer time.  As we celebrate Thanksgiving we will again be praising Him for the many amazing and pure qualities that He is.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:4

Here’s a list of 8 traits to get you started.  I’m thankful God that you are:

Pure Knowledge. “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3)

Pure Presence. “Am I a God near at hand” says the Lord, “and not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the Lord. “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 23:24)

Pure Power. “God has spoken once, twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God.” (Psalm 62:11)

Pure Ability. “Then Job answered the Lord and said, “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from you.” (Job 42:2)

Pure Sovereignty. “The earth is the Lord’s and its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters.” (Psalms 24:3-4)

Pure Holiness. “For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God; therefore be holy, for I am holy.” (Leviticus 11:45)

Pure Justice. “The Lord is righteous in her midst [Israel and the rest of the world], He will do no unrighteousness. Every morning He brings His justice to light; He never fails, but the unjust knows no shame.” (Zephaniah 3:5)

Pure Truth. “He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.” (Deuteronomy 32:4)*

in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

That I may make the voice of thanksgiving heard and may tell of all Your wondrous works. Psalm 26:7

What are some Thanksgiving traditions that your family has that honor the Lord?  Share them with us!

*(“Pure” list above is an excerpt from blogger “Nobody”)

Written by Jamie Shaver

 

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Are You Thankful in ALL Circumstances: Part 2

“In all things and in everything give thanks and praise in Christ Jesus.”  (Emphasis added) 1st Thessalonians 5:18 Does this describe your attitude toward life? I wish that I could say that it always does mine, but the truth is that sometimes I allow my circumstances to determine my response rather than having a God-pleasing response to all of my circumstances. I tend to find that is most true in the 'small things' of life in which I can get most easily irritated.

Meditating upon this scripture, I thought about things that irritate me or that I may not understand at the time, that God has used to protect me from something harmful or to give me an unexpected blessing. Do you trust that if you are in Christ that God orders your every step? (Psalm 37:23) He is over not just the ‘big things’ in your life, but also the ‘small things’—the very details of your life!

For example, I’ll never forget hearing from a friend how upset she was with her Mom when she was in high school and her Mom told her she couldn’t go out with some friends one night. Her Mom had a sense that she shouldn’t go; it turned out that her friends were involved in a horrible car crash and several lost their lives. Even though she didn’t understand the ‘why’ behind her Mom’s decision and at the time she didn’t agree with her, God used her Mom to order her ‘steps’ to protect her.  How thankful she was for her Mom’s discernment and that she had obeyed her Mom!

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I’m sure that like me, you’re aware that over 30,000 people who were supposed to be at the World Trade Center Towers on the morning of 9/11, weren’t there for a variety of reasons. One of those stories is about a man who was supposed to be at work on the 86th floor by 8:30 a.m., but because his 12 year old daughter—usually ‘an angel’—couldn’t find the ‘right shoes’ to go with her dress, and then remembered she had homework she had to do, caused him to be late. He yelled at her the whole time he was taking her to school, but his irritation soon turned into gratitude when he realized that God had used his daughter’s disobedience to save his very life!

You may never know what God protects you from as He orders your steps. However, I encourage you to consider how different your life would be if you were thankful in all things, trusting that God is always at work for your best. How different do you think your attitude toward life would be if you approached every day as an adventure with God in which you trusted Him to order your every ‘stop’, as well as your every ‘step’?

For example, what if you praised him immediately when you got stuck at a red light?  Or, if you immediately thanked God for the opportunity to be ‘Jesus with skin on’ to the person whom you’re seated next to on the plane rather than being irritated that they’re a ‘talker’ or gruff and unfriendly?  Or, what if instead of complaining about the fact that your husband always leaves his dishes on the sink rather than putting them in the dishwasher, you thanked God that you had a husband and considered all of the ways in which he blesses you?  Or, if instead of being upset when your boss forgets to tell you about a last minute deadline that puts you under additional stress, you thank God that you have a job and ask Him to help you get your task done in a way that you’ll know you couldn’t have done it without His strength? Or being thankful when your dog throws up on your carpet just as you're walking out the door to go to an important meeting? Or when you seem to run into a glitch with your computer every few seconds (like what has happened to me while I've been writing this blog!)?

You can trust that when God says to be thankful in all circumstances—even in the ‘small’ things of life that may be the very things that most easily irritate you-- He is at work for your good to bless you.

Written by Julie Van Gorp

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