The excitement of the holiday season is here and although there is a pervasive message of joy, many are overwhelmed with depression and discontent. Also, what should be a season of revitalized gratitude is often characterized by narcissism and selfish desires; a shameful display of how easily we overlook God’s blessings. Paul tells us, Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus(1Thess 5:16-18); however, we fail to adequately express our appreciation to God, even in this season of Thanksgiving. We should continually thank God for:


Our Salvation

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Cor9:15). Jesus was crucified in order to atone for our sins, and because of this sacrifice we have the opportunity to receive God’s gift of salvation and spend an eternity in heaven with Him (John 3:16). Thank God everyday for the gift of your salvation.



His blessings

Rich or poor, healthy or sick, ungratefulness sometimes festers in our hearts.  We give superficial thanks to God, while deep in our hearts we are discontent; however, the blessings of God are innumerable and we should thank Him daily for both keeping us sheltered, clothed and fed (1 Tim 6:6-8) but also for filling our weary hearts with hope and giving us peace (Isaiah 26: 3).


His continued presence in our lives

“Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.” (Psalm 51:11). The presence of God in our lives eludes most people. It can be hard to grasp the reality of an unseen Holy Spirit; however, the presence of God in our lives, is a gift and helps us to function in the spirit of truth, convicts us of our sin, provides comfort and strength, and intercedes with God on our behalf.


Life’s trials

Apostle Paul demonstrates true thanksgiving in a time of great adversity.  While imprisoned in Rome, Paul did not complain of his hardship or express hopelessness. Contrarily he reveals his contentment (Phil 4:11-12). We should thank God and be joyful even during hardships, knowing that the testing of our faith during trials will produce patience (James 1:2-3).


Thanksgiving to God should be a distinguishable characteristic of an obedient child of God. I challenge you to use this season to rekindle your God-centered gratefulness and persist in an attitude of gratitude throughout the holidays and beyond.
Your Sister in Christ,
Ashley Smith

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