The Thanksgiving List

What are you thankful for this year? Well, we are thankful for you! Our readers have been such a blessing to us! As we've been navigating health issues, life changes, moving and a new baby we are so grateful that you share the journey with us! We hope and pray this Thanksgiving season finds you and yours healthy and joyful. The Lord's sweetest blessings on you and your family <3

Here's a few links from Thanksgiving past, the latest Thanksgiving post and a printable for you to enjoy:

A Sacrifice of Praise

From the Motls & crosswalk.com
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:15-16 NIV
We all have stuff to be thankful for, but what do we do with the stuff that is just so hard to feel thankful about?
As Christians, I think most all of us have a sense that we are supposed to be joyful and thankful all the time, especially during the Thanksgiving season. But we all have corners of our life that bring us sorrow, disappointment, pain and even disillusionment.

The Flavors of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my husband’s favorite holiday. And yes, it’s because of the food! Early in our marriage he told me he’d just love it if I could learn to cook a really good Thanksgiving dinner and over the years, apparently I’ve stumbled on the secrets to scoring Thanksgiving food touchdowns for his scoreboard (considering the un-kitchen-fied way I came into adulthood, that is nothing short than a bonafide miracle!). But beyond the fresh herbs for the perfect stuffing, or my auntie’s recipe for cranberries, the Thanksgiving we observe in our heart comes in a variety of flavors as well.

Jacob Cleanses His House - Audio/Video

Genesis 35:1 - 7

Jacob found it important to cleanse his household of pagan idolatry and ancient occultism. Followers of Jesus Christ ought to consider doing the same in our day. Without knowing it, many Christians have pagan items, with roots tied to the occult, right under their own roofs. Can these unclean items, detested by the Lord in His Temple, offer “doorways” to spiritual oppression within our households?

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Jacob Moves to Schechem - Audio/Video

It’s Critical that God’s people practice acknowledging Him in all their ways daily. Often times the Law of Compromise sets in and we drift away from God’s will for our lives through a series of seemingly small, unnoticeable steps. These small steps can lead to huge dangers if not kept in check consistently.

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Beyond the Surface

There are six things which the LORD hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers. Proverbs 6:16-19

Most of the time when we consider the things that might really displease God we think of murder, stealing, and stuff like that. While this passage from Proverbs does state that shedding innocent blood is something God hates, He also includes arrogance (haughty eyes), lying, thinking up mean or wicked plans, delighting in watching/knowing about something evil (or perhaps something we might just consider entertaining drama?), and being divisive. 

Jacob Wrestles with God - Audio/Video

Genesis 32:24 - 32

Jacob was a man who had been struggling with the people and circumstances surrounding him since the day he was born. It wasn’t until this amazing encounter with God Himself that he realized he’d really been struggling with God all that time. God desired brokenness in Jacob. It is here that Jacob finally comes to the end of himself. Do I wrestle with God sometimes like Jacob did?

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Finding Good Counsel

Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but counselors of peace have joy. Proverbs 12:20

I’m a collector of what I call “litmus test” verses and this is one of them! I am so thankful for the people the Lord has graced my life with to send His counsel my way. But I’ve noticed lots of people like to offer lots of counsel--whether or not that counsel was requested! I’m still working on filtering the words I let into my heart, but this verse gives us one (among many) factors we ought to look for before we allow someone’s counsel into our life. 

Jacob Meets Esau - Audio/Video

Sometimes life seems to hit us left and right with one trouble after another. This was the case for Jacob. After finally getting out of the conflict with his uncle Laban, he enters right in to another potential one with his brother, Esau. If life ever gets this way for you here are some Biblical tips to get you through them in Christ.

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A Precious Possession

The precious possession of a man is diligence. Proverbs 12:27 

I’ve long loved this verse. As a girl with a lotta gumption, but not necessarily always the girl with the outcomes she imagined that gumption would get her, this verse is a comfort to my ever-trying soul. What is precious isn’t always the outcome, sometimes it’s just having diligence.