Hello and HAPPY THANKSGIVING, friends!
If you’re like me, you might find giving thanks for the good things in your life easy. Today is when Americans gather around the table and share what our hearts are grateful for—an abundance for many of us. Much of the time it’s a breeze to feel thankful for a supportive family, our warm home, cars that run, good health and pumpkin pie. If you’ve read Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts then perhaps it is becoming natural for you to be thankful for the tiny gifts hidden in each moment— the vibrant gold of a fallen leaf, the smell of that fresh cup of coffee, the sparkle in your toddler’s eyes as he bangs the steel pot and lid together.
But sometimes giving thanks is not easy. Sometimes anxiety can replace the peace of thanksgiving faster than a Colorado snowstorm.
Sometimes all it takes is to remember the big decisions looming and the uncertainties of everyday life and your thankfulness is plowed to the side as if a snow truck charged through your heart leaving in its wake a frozen, worried mess.
It is difficult to give thanks from the pit of an anxious spirit, isn’t it?
I’ve been there. The stress lately stems from basic everyday life (what I would give for a full night’s sleep!) as well as big decisions needing to be made. Our children grow bigger and somehow more energetic and still we have not chosen a new home. (We are working on it!!!)
The reality of everyday anxieties and stress is why Philippians 4:6-7 is so fitting for this day of Thanksgiving, the day we intentionally set aside worries and focus on that for which we are truly grateful.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
The key to not being anxious? It is right there— “with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” We are to lay the hard things in our lives at God’s feet with thanksgiving.
This is for my heart this morning; I’m preaching to ME: The benefit of being grateful to God as your pray over the hard spots, the hurts, the worries, the money issues, the relationship messes is that Divine peace will actually guard your heart and mind in Christ.
My heart and mind could use some peaceful guarding this season.
Anxiety may be able to stomp peace out for a moment, but intentional thanksgiving for the very thing causing anxiety will trump the stress every time.
What good news for a day of thanksgiving! What good news for ME today.
Today as we review what we are thankful for, maybe take a quiet moment in your heart to include everything. Say “thank you” for the problems and worries and then send them Heavenward.
I pray that this year will be your most peaceful Thanksgiving yet.
Blessings in your living small,