In giving Thanks to the Lord I think of each one of you and wish you many Blessings this Thanksgiving Holiday and throughout the Year! Blessings come upon us every day always accessible if we pay attention to them! For EXample, I am Blessed with Smoke FREE Living with the help of the Almighty who has shown me how to succeed - I did the work but He supported me through it!
Jon Kabat Zinn has a saying that sticks with me in times of adversity:
“As long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than there is wrong, no matter how ill or how hopeless you may feel.”
So meditating on that I will share my special Blessings List:
1) That God is sovereign and in complete control of the intensity and the duration of my affliction.
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose’ Is 46:9-10
2) That God’s love and mercies never cease
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. Lam 3:22-23
3) That Jesus will never leave nor forsake me.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Heb 13:5
4) That God is with me in my affliction
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Is 43:2
5) That God hears my every prayer
The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous
and his ears toward their cry. Ps 34:15
When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles. Ps 34:17
6) That God is using this affliction to make me more like Christ.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Romans 8:28–29
7) That this affliction is momentary and light compared to the eternal reward it is producing
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison… 2 Cor 4:17
8) That Jesus is my sympathetic High Priest who intercedes for me constantly
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Heb 4:15
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. Heb 7:25
9) That God is near me in my pain
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit. Ps 34:18
10) That Jesus is my refuge, strength, and strong tower I can run to.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Ps 46:1, ESV
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. Pr 18:10
11) That God has saved me, washed away my sins, and adopted me as his own child.
Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Rom 4:7
12) That someday Jesus will wipe away every tear from my eyes and I will see his glorious face.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. Rev 21:4
In moments of darkness I forget these powerful Blessings! I stop noticing His presence, His awesome Greatness in my Life! But He doesn't leave me!
He Blessed me with a Beautiful little old Lady who sought comfort and in comforting her in her Fear, He opened my eyes to see His overwhelming Omnipresence right there, right here with us! What a Thanksgiving Blessing!
May we all remember to Thank our Creator for all we have around us especially His unfaltering Love, Faith and Trust in US! When we know this, we choose to care for His Gift of Life and part of that is Smoke FREE Abundant Living - always caring for our bodies which He has said are His Living Temples of the Holy Spirit!
"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;"
1 Cor. 6:19
Have a Very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving Everybody! - Smoke FREE!