Give Thanks

Colossians 3:17 ESV

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Philippians 4:6 ESV

4 thoughts on “Give Thanks

  1. The photo is a perfect visual to prompt thankfulness! As a plant lover, I noticed the various fall plants and how different and unique and in different stages each one is; which to me, reflects our Creator and His love for color, beauty, detail, uniqueness. The light in the photo sparks gratitude for His Word and is a reminder that Jesus is the Light of the world and He is the Word. And even though so many things pass away and are changing and unsteady, His Word, The Word, never changes…just like the rock in the photo. He is the Rock we can lean on when things seem shaky and uncertain. And the shovel boasting the words, thankful, grateful and blessed remind me of something I heard an older lady say recently. She said her father always taught her to remember that we don’t have to go to work, we get to go to work….and what a blessing that is.

    1. Debi, I love the scripture you reference, “ Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.” Matthew 24:35 I sure need the shovel in photo to dig a little deeper into the Word!
      I like the wisdom your friend gave you from her father, “ She said her father always taught her to remember that we don’t have to go to work, we get to go to work….and what a blessing that is.”

  2. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
    —1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NRSV)

    I would like to give thanks for farmers, gardeners and all food services in each and every way, place, and day food is brought to our tables. Many of us as children may have been taught to always offer *this prayer at meal time. I’m seeing more and more the power of this prayer for tots, teens and adults alike. The awareness of how many go to bed at night with hungry.
    Elizabeth Mae Magill in her book writes.

    “If we really listen, our ordinary conversation can lead to an understanding and awareness of how other people live and of the forces that make some people’s lives harder than others. When we allow ourselves to be moved by stories, we find ourselves in solidarity with people who live in poverty. And this feeling of solidarity makes us want to work with them to change the systems blocking their way forward. Small conversations make a big difference in our relationships.“

    *God is great!
    God is good!
    Let us thank God for our food.
    Amen.

    Focus scripture below brings us full circle to our praise shovel and it’s fruit/deeds when we dig a little deeper!

    Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
    —1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NRSV)

  3. The footnotes for 1 Thessalonians 5: 15-18 says: (NIV) “ our joys, prayers, and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. Obeying these three commands – be joyful, pray continually, and give thanks-often goes against our natural inclinations. When we make a conscious decision to do what God says, however, we will begin to see people in a new perspective. When we do God‘s will, we will find it easier to be joyful and thankful.”
    Beautiful photo above 🥰

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