Our Thanksgiving

Last night I gave my two sons a piece of paper and pen/pencil. I asked them
to write three things they were thankful for. One wrote:1)food 2)family 3)
electricity, the other wrote 1)mom 2)dad and 3) brother. Now I had to write
my three things as well:1)my family 2) my health 3) a place to live. I began
to think on this and yes, I am thankful for all of these things, but we have
many blessings to be thankful for. This song is truly a great
blessing:
“Amazing Grace, how sweet
the sound, that saved a WRETCH
like me. I once was lost, but
now I’m found, was blind, but
now I see.”

God so freely offers this grace to everyone who will receive. May we all be
thankful this season, for His Grace!

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20 thoughts on “Our Thanksgiving”

  1. Tammy, I love this blog. We have some much to be thankful for. God blesses each of us daily with his grace. Amazing Grace is my family’s song. It is sang at all my family reunions and it was sang at my grandparents funeral. This song truly speaks to my heart. Thank you for sharing this Tammy. Let us be grateful for God’s many blessings. May the Lord’s grace be spread throughout this world and may his children receive this grace with thankful and joyful hearts.

    1. Amen, Amen, Amen, May The Lord’s Grace be spread throughout the world and may His children receive this grace with thanksful and joyful hearts. I join with you in this mighty prayer and believe that each of us will be a part of making that grace known more and more as we sing and speak about God’s grace.

    2. God…Redeeming….All his….Children to live….Eternally with him…..(take all the first letters that are in caps..GRACE) I say amen with both you and Sara to this prayer above..dj

  2. Amazing Grace is one of my most favorite hymns. I thought I would do a little study on the word grace. The word for grace in Greek is “charis”. One definition is “that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, and loveliness” Such as Jesus’s words were gracious (Luke 4:22) This should be characteristic of our speech. Col. 4:6 says “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.”
    The second definition is “goodwill, loving-kindness, favor.” This is like when we wish people well. It also means a “kindness that is put upon someone that he does not deserve. I Cor. 15:10 says “But by grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” Our spiritual growth is dependent upon how we use God’s goodness and God’s favor in our lives. When we accept the goodness and favor of God we receive God’s benefits. The last definition of “charis” is thanks. 2 Tim 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day.” We are given time to choose to walk in God’s grace which He gives to us freely as it is said in I Corinthians 1:3 Grace (favor and spiritual blessing) be to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May all choose in time to accept God’s grace. We have learned that according to John 1:17 For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ. We know that according to Psalm 84:11 “For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord betows grace and favor and glory! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” We are so thankful each and everyday for God’s Grace. Ephesians 2:5 says it so well: ” Even when we were dead (slain) by shortcomings and trespasses. He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; (He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which he quickened Him, for) it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).

    1. Rena, that five letter word ‘grace’ certainly is packed with meaning and much to meditate on. And to think that all the good things grace affords is given to us as described as ‘unmerited favor’. Can’t earn it, don’t deserve it, yet can receive it as you tell us above. When I think about this it really becomes ‘amazing’ and something to be thankful for. As Psalm 95:2 invites us…”Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving.”

      1. I like the way Debi gave the stipulatations about GRACE; ‘can’t earn it; don’t deserve it AND YET can receive it.’
        I love what Paul says in Galatians 2:20-21, “I am crucified with Christ so “I” live no longer BUT CHRIST LIVES IN ME. Only through HIM DO I live in reliance on Him. 21) Therefore I do not FRUSTRATE the Grace of GOD, defeat its purpose in my life, set aside and nullify the GRACE, unmerited, undeserved, AQUITTAL from guilt and shame that GOD’S great favor called GRACE has given me.”(paraphrased)
        Thank GOD we are out from under the TASK MASTER (LAW) and under the glorious, generous, gracious, great GRACE wherein the Law is wrtten in our hearts and we have the GRACE AND FAITH to Keep COVENANT with the LIVING GOD! AMAZING!!

  3. 1) Jesus all inclusive 2) family all inclusive 3) provisions all inclusive

    Thanks Tammy, Nicholas and Nathaniel for allowing me to join with the three of you and others in giving thanks.

    1. Hi, Sara! The three things I am thankful are 1. My whole family including my new cousin from China and my dog, Sherlock 2. My dear friends like ToTo and the people on the daily lily and 3. The soilders fighting for our contry and others! It is neaver to late to be thankful!
      With Faith,
      Grace
      PS: GOD AND JESUS ARE IN MY FAMILY

      1. How exciting that you have a cousin from China. We would love to hear about your cousin.

        God and Jesus are in my family also. So that means that you are in all of our families as well, dosen’t it?

        I agree very much with you about being thankful for our country and solderies fighting for our country. They are such brave men and women and we honor and appreciate them.

        I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

      2. My cousin from China is named Eliza! Her China name was Fuelelainsue or something I can’t spell. She is so darlin and has the cutest personalty! She climed my brother like a mountain and loves music! If she sees you laugh she laughs. It’s almost like she knows when to laugh. You know what is strange, if you put her in her cribe she just turns over and falls alseep right when your still in the room! My grandma loves to see her do that. She eats when you put food in front of her. She sleeps when you put her in the bed! She is perfect! Her first word was Ahh Ohh! She says it when something falls! Eliza is my school project. I doing a project called A New Life about Chinese girls coming to America and why girls are not uch seen in China because the one child law. I saw her durning thanksgiving!
        With Faith and Joy,
        Grace

      3. What a beautiful name, Eliza. Oh, she sounds so wonderful. Maybe you can share some of your project about girls in China with all of us. I know a number of couples that are interested in adopting little girls from China. I will ask them to read this article from you on The Daily Lily and hear about such a perfect little girl to love and be loved.

        Does Eliza live close to you so that you can see her often? As she grows taller, her mountain will get higher as well, don’t you think? Just so precious. I want to add a #4 to my list of things I give thanks for and I give thanks for Eliza and her family.

        Maybe she will grow and be a part of The Daily Lily one day. Thanks for sharing.

      4. HI! I found out that the girls were treated diffrently than the boys! I tell you later when I finish! Here is what I can tell you: 1. China is mostly choosed to adopt from because the health. 2. THEY LIKE BOYS BETTER. lAST, 3. The one child law IS FOR THE POPULATION!
        With Faith,
        Grace

      5. How wonderful hear of your precious cousin Eliza…and what a perfect project to write about…when she grows up and learns that her cousin wrote about her and shared her country with others I know it will touch her heart….what a beautiful way to give thanks….what did she think of Buzzy?

      6. You should see her! She is 10 months old so I don’t think she would know about Buzzy but when she is older I will tell her! My grandadies were in the war but died when I was 3 and 5 because they smoked frome 21 – 32 then stoped.
        With Faith,

      7. I am sure as you and ToTo stay friends when Toto comes to visit she can bring Buzzy with her and maybe if your cousin is visiting then, then she will get a chance to meet Buzzy ….It is sad that your grandads smoked…so many people need to know and realize its not good..but what is so sad is some people already know but they still do it….we just need to keep praying that they will not even like the smell of it ..and that they will just trust God to help them stop….My dad was in the army and two wars too, he was even shot and recieved a medal called the purple heart…He also smoked and we just buried him in Arlington National cemetary this past monday the 27th…(he died of cancer)..so you see its important that we pray for those who smoke…God needs strong healthy soldiers in His army and so we need to keep praying for them to not smoke and to know Jesus….

      8. Grace!! What a great story concerning your Chinese cousin, Elza. I have a little Chinese girl in one of my classes who has been adopted by one of our teachers. She went right to China to pick her out and bring her back to our school. She came over as a little baby but now she is in the 5th grade. Her name is Katie and she is VERY PRETTY, Also. We are so blessed to have these precious CHINESE girls in our lives and I believe ELIZA is even more blessed to have GRACE as her AMERICAN cousin. What grand work the Lord must have for you, Grace, to do in the behalf of your new little Chinese relative. I Can’t wait to hear all about it, each time something new happens.

      9. I am so glad they got to adopt a girl from China. In China they treat boys diffrent than girls. They love the boys because they keep the family and they think they are stonger. The orphanage Eliza was in had 60 girls and 3 boys. Two of the boys were being adopted.
        With Faith,
        Grace

      10. Grace, it’s good to hear the news about your new cousin. She sounds so special and wonderful. And it is great that you are writing and telling us about orphanages in China so others will want to adopt these baby girls.

      11. Thank you! I love to hear your kind words! I think Eliza would like you! Thanks again, Mrs. Chaves! You are so nice!
        With Faith,
        Grace

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