thanksgiving, worship

A Thanksgiving Challenge In August!

Beloved Women of God,

In just a few short weeks we will transition from the crazy sometimes lazy daze of summer to the school and work schedules that characterize the Autumn season.
Some may look forward to the new season with anticipation, some with dread. No matter what the emotion – a new season is upon us.

New Season = New Strength

“Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be— you get a fresh start, your slate’s wiped clean.”

(Psalm 32:1 MSG)

Although I’m absent from you physically, I’m with you in spirit…. (Col. 2:5a) During this brief time of hiatus, I have been pondering how our enemy, Satan, is always trying to make us feel like we are alone in our circumstances; as if no one understands what we are going through. He isolates us from one another so he can manipulate the truth or just simply lie.
It all started with Eve, and it still plaques us today. “Did God really say…?” (Gen. 3:1)
His goal is to steal the life saving power of the word of God from our lives. We are tempted to believe that God’s word really doesn’t have the power to change our lives or our present circumstances.

We are tired, overwhelmed, disappointed and afraid. We are afraid that life may never get any better than this. We ask questions like, “Is this all there is?” “Is there someone out there who “gets” me?” “what is my purpose in life?”

Before we know it we can become weighed down with depression, bitterness, grumbling and complaining because we think that there is a magnificent life party that we we not invited to attend.

Here is your official invitation to the party. It is a “thanksgiving” party. No turkey will be served. 1 Thess. 5:16-18 says, “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Let’s attend the party together. For the next 30 days, make a commitment to respond to every situation in the form if a thanksgiving prayer to God.

“Do everything without complaining or arguing.” (Philippians 2:14 GWT)

Application: Say THIS, Not THAT

Make everything a prayer:

Instead of saying, “I hate my job!”, say “Lord, thank you that I have a job. Teach me what I am supposed to learn in the difficult aspects of this job.” this exercise can be practiced in any circumstance (relationships, responsibilities, etc.).

“You received Christ Jesus the Lord, so continue to live as Christ’s people. Sink your roots in him and build on him. Be strengthened by the faith that you were taught, and overflow with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:5-7 GWT)

“The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing.” – Hannah Whitall Smith

The next 30 days could change your life. Are YOU willing to take the thanksgiving challenge?

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Christine James is a wife, mother and pastor at CareView Community Church. This is her first blog. She is glad you came.

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14 thoughts on “A Thanksgiving Challenge In August!”

  1. Bless the Lord, oh my soul and all that is within me- Bless His holy name for He has done great things! I salute you and join you in this commitment to gratefulness! Speak on! The faithful are listening!

  2. Message was a blessing, I accept the challenge to join the Thanksgiving Party, I am so grateful for the goodness and mercy that the Lord has shown towards me He is Worthy of all Honor and Praise!!!

  3. Amen, thank you Pastor Chris for this timely message of thanksgiving. So simple, yet so deep. Just be grateful in all things, count your blessings because God has truly been good. The song “Awesome” by Charles Jenkins just popped into my head.

    MY GOD IS AWESOME
    HE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS
    KEEP ME IN THE VALLEY
    HIDE ME FROM THE RAIN

    MY GOD IS AWESOME
    HEALS ME WHEN I’M BROKEN
    STRENGTH WHERE I’VE BEEN WEAKEN
    EVER HE WILL REIGN

    MY GOD IS AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME

    MY GOD IS AWESOME
    SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE WORLD
    GIVER OF SALVATION
    BY HIS STRIPES I AM HEALED

    MY GOD IS AWESOME
    TODAY I AM FORGIVEN
    HIS GRACE IS WHY I’M LIVING
    PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME

    HE’S MIGHTY
    HE’S HOLY
    HE’S GREAT
    DELIVERER
    PROVIDER
    AWESOME
    PROTECTOR
    AWESOME

    “I’m thankful for the awesome God we serve”

  4. I will make this pledge to live in Thanksgiving. I have been experiencing some low feelings lately (grumbling), but I will turn my crying to thanksgiving and pray even more intently than before. Thank you for reminding me of whose I am.

  5. First, thank you for thinking of us while on hiatus. Second, thanks for the reminder to change a negative thought into a postive thanksgiving. I’m on board.
    See ya in September.
    nana

  6. Thank you Pastor Chris, for you wise words of faith. You are a precious gift to me. I am desperate for God at such a lonely/desert time in my life. Yes!!! I believe I’m in the center of His will. God is carefully watching over us and our future. What an awesome God we serve!!!! Lord I thank you for taking me to yet another level of thanksgiving and worship as I serve in your kingdom. Velma

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