Another Thanksgiving is upon us, although for us who understand our need for a savior; and that savior has come to us, we know he deserves our hearts of thanksgiving every hour. I myself when I put my mind in on a process of thinking for less than ten seconds too many things click at once to be thankful for. I thank God for Christ as my high priest, savior, King, and my Lord. He has blessed me beyond measure. I thank him for family, Moody, friends, sponsors, and for bringing me to a different State every Thanksgiving year since I have been at Moody. I thank God right now for bringing me to the beautiful state of Iowa to meet a beautiful family and make new friends and share the Lord’s blessing in my life with them. I got to play soccer with some precious kids; they are amazingly fun to be around. I have an opportunity to have breakfast this morning t at Midwest teen Bible mission, where they have people with all sorts of problems. They have problems such as drug issues, alcoholism, sexual desire, suicide and rebellion. Many of these people are probably thinking that they have nothing to be thankful for, and I know they all do have something to be thankful for. I thank God for such opportunity. Now they have planned to have me share about God with them on Saturday. What else could I have asked for? I am so thankful and it brought me so much joy when the name of LORD is being proclaimed among the broken and the oppressed. I realized over the years that I have no story; it is God story. I have a friend who often compliments me saying “kesmy, you are so patient, motivated, and a hard worker”. I would always tell her, it is God, not me. It’s hard for her to accept that. Sometime she would say “yes He gives you the courage but you did it”. The true reality is; it is never me, it is Him. When we appear before God with a thankful heart of gratitude, it opens the door of opportunity to see God’s past and present blessing in our life. I remember a year ago one of my teachers asked me on a Thanksgiving Day, what am I thankful to God for. So many things I could have said in a short time, I boiled it down to one sentence, “I thank God for my life”! Some of us probably can name our all problems, but I am very sure none of us can count all of our blessings if we are honest with ourselves.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving today may we open our heart to spiritual blessings that are “eternal”. This attitude of thankfulness can give us a taste of the eternal glory we will have with God one day. We have so many reasons to be thankful. Let us rejoice in God. “Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).
Shout for joyto the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lordwith gladness;
come before himwith joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us,and we are hiswe are his people,the sheep of his pasture.Enter his gates with thanksgivingand his courtswith praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.For the Lord is goodand his love endures forever;his faithfulnesscontinues through all generations.
This is a couple pictures of me and some friends running a race. I’m so thankful for them.
Kesmy, you are always an inspiration to me! I was thinking the same thing the other day when trying to boil down what I was thankful for – I thought that I would first have to say I am thankful for my life! We have snow here in MN – it was blustery last night while traveling home and good to arrive home safe and sound. Now we have a blanket of white and a few snowflakes falling – it is beautiful….and cold! 🙂 Thank you for your posts and always pointing us to Christ. Happy Thanksgiving and I pray God will richly bless you! Robin Kriens
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