Thanksgiving. when I think of that word, I think of turkeys and LOTS of food. and MORE food. but it is so much more. it is a time to gather with friends and family, fellowshipping, eating, and being thankful. truly thankful. often times, I think we get stuck in the rut of habit and lose sight of the meaning and what the celebration truly is. we must change our thought process this Thanksgiving…
if you reflect on the past year, I’m sure you can think of numerous people, events, circumstances, and things you are thankful for.
as I think about the past year, I think of so many new and exciting things that I am thankful for: God’s endless grace, competing in Miss Georgia USA, starting my final year of my undergraduate, new friendships, my mom celebrating her 50th, my parents making it to 30 years, health for my fam and myself, celebrating new marriages, and snuggling new babies.
BUT I can also think of so many heartbreaking occurrences and circumstances that have happened in the world around me: Orlando shooting, friends saying goodbye to family members, diagnoses of cancer or diseases, ISIS attack, hurricane Matthew, and the most recent, a school bus accident filled with little babies.
so friends, we have a lot to be thankful for this year. whether it is your health and you can get up each morning, or you are still able to hug your child, we all have something to be grateful for.
our little problems, do not seem as big anymore when we take a step back and look at the world around us. that could have been my grandmother with the bad test results, that could have been my house completely destroyed by the hurricane, or that could have been my students in the crash.
if you are in the category of the heartbreaking occurrences and circumstances, we are loving and sending up prayers on your behalf. and know that through it all, God is still so, so good. when He seems so far away, He is so, so near. reach out your hand out and He will meet you halfway. you do not have to walk through this time alone. He is walking side by side, hand in hand, and holding you tight each step of the way.
so… this Thanksgiving must be different for all of us. if you are one that was amplifying your small problems, be thankful and praise Him through it ALL. if you are one that is waiting for the results from the doctor, be thankful and praise Him through it ALL. if you are one that lost a family member, be thankful and praise Him through it ALL. y’all, we are not called to walk through the good, the bad, and the ugly alone. we are called to trust Jesus, lean upon Jesus, and let Jesus carry us through the sunshine, the rain, the hail, and the storm for He more than enough.
everyone is going through something, but through each “something,” Jesus is walking with us. for that, I am thankful.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; GREAT is your faithfulness. // Lamentations 3:22-23