"..I give you thanks, O LORD, with all my heart; I will sing your praises before the gods."
Thanksgiving should be an integral part of our daily lives as Believers. As we thank God daily for our material and spiritual blessings, I believe we should also thank Him for His saving grace and numerous answered prayers.
I wanted to share this devotion of thankfulness with everyone especially because, today marks my 40th birthday. Wow, what a journey it has been! I thank God that He was interested enough in me to set His love upon me - the worst of sinners, saving a wretch like me almost 27 years ago. Thank you Lord!
Thank you Heavenly Father for the many blessings you have provided in my life. First, I cannot thank you enough for saving me. It still amazes me how you never gave up on me throughout the years I was away from you. My life since being back is so rich and full of joy and your peace. Thank you for the blessings of my family and for allowing me to grow up in a Christian family.
My late dear mother and grandmother taught me principles of the Word of God, and helped me understand the great and wonderful promises found in you. It was through my mother's influence that I came to know the Lord Jesus as my personal Saviour. I thank God for His eternal life, and for all the blessings I have received in Christ Jesus. I thank God also for the life He gives me on this earth, and the opportunity to be a living testimony to the world around me. It is incredible to see His power working in my life.
I am particularly very thankful to God for allowing me to live to reach this milestone in my life. And for rescuing me nearly 16 months ago after being in the wilderness only to lay the foundations for this new Life He had predestined for me. It is a privilege indeed to be the apple of my Father's eye. I am thankful for all my friends who have stuck with me through thick and thin with their love and support. It hasn't been a very smooth journey, but indeed a very rewarding one in every way possible. I love my church family for being very supportive, my pastor for His continuous teachings and mentoring. Not forgetting my First Lady (Pastor Awo Antwi), ever so caring and a good listener ready to share my burden. I am truly blessed and can't be thankful enough, Love you Jesus!
I want us all to remember, when we ask God for protection, strength, comfort, patience, love or other needs and He supplies them; let's be careful not to take God's provision and answered prayers for granted. The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, "Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." Being thankful in all circumstances for me implies our joy, prayers and thankfulness to God should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings.
Are you thankful to God? If you are please take a few minutes to express it, and allow me and others the opportunity of sharing in your thankfulness to God as an encouragement to someone today.
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