Written by: D’Anne Mullin

Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  It is one of my most favourite times of the year!

The weather becomes crisp, the leaves turn many brilliant colours, and the sky seems bluer against the orange backdrop.  The promise of turkey dinner and pumpkin pie is mouth-watering moments away.  Time to spend with family and friends is greatly anticipated, as is the homestretch countdown until Christmas.

I particularly enjoy the time to reflect on the last year and to give thanks to the Lord for all He has done, both in the ups and downs of life.  He is faithful and good and loving.  He is ever present and watchful and caring.  He is protective and graceful and encouraging.  Oh how He loves His children, of which I am humbled to be one!

As I reflect back on this past year, and ‘Count My Blessings’ as the old hymn beckons me to do so, I realize that despite a difficult year filled with its ups and downs, twists and turns, I have so very much to be thankful for.  God has had His hand on every moment and I am beginning to see His plan amidst the chaos.

I can see where He has been the one driving the car and steering us where He chooses, for our good and for His purposes.  I have recognized that despite my frustration and wandering, He has been unbelievably faithful and gracious.  He has kept my family together and serving Him, and for that I am beyond thankful!

And, Daughters, the more thankful I become, despite life and its fury, the more joy I find!  In fact, I was recently reading in a devotional that the word “Joy” occurs 181 times in scripture and the theme of thanksgiving is woven throughout the fabric of these verses.  God wants to hear all about our doubts, fears, concerns and questions, but wants us to give Him thanksgiving and praise despite!  He seeks those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth!

Psalm 92:1-2 says, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to Your name…to declare Your loving-kindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness at night.” 

Psalm 119:62 says, “At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, because of Your righteous judgements.” 

Romans 14:6 says, “He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks.” 

Colossians 4:2 says, “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” 

Colossians 3:17 says, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

All these verses point to one thought. Thankfulness! Whenever we rise in the morning or head to bed at night, if we are sleepless at midnight, whenever we eat, every time we pray, and in all our words and deeds, all should be tinged with thanksgiving to our God, which will bring forth a harvest of joy in our hearts!

Finally, we must give thanks at all times, both now and all through eternity. Ephesians 5 tells us that when the Spirit of God fills our lives, we will be thankful to God in all situations.  The Spirit reveals to us just where Christ saved us from, and that alone is enough to give thanks to God for his incredible mercy both today and on into eternity when we will one day be reunited with our Lord!

So I challenge you to go deeper in your thanksgiving experience this year, as you reflect on all that God has done in and through and for you, for His glory and honour and praise!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!