As I think about being thankful, I know I have so much for which to be thankful. But one thing I'm most thankful for is because I know I can put my confident hope in God! "I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope." Romans 15:13
As you think about your family and ministry, are you able to have confident hope in God? There are so many things to do and the world is certainly filled with uncertainty, but as you think about being thankful, keep the following in mind . . .
Isaiah 26:3-9,12; 28:16; 30:18 - "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal. He humbles those who dwell on high, he lays the lofty city low; The path of the righteous is level; you the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth. Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us. So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: 'See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.' Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!" (NIV)
Make this your prayer, too . . .
Dear God, on this day we want to praise You for Your promise to give us perfect peace when we are steadfast about trusting You! Please strengthen us as we choose to trust You forever because You, LORD, are our Rock eternal! Please lift our hearts in thanks to You for making our paths level and our way smooth when we walk in the way of Your laws and wait for You. You are the desire of our hearts: we yearn for You in the night and long for You in the morning. You give us peace: we know all we have accomplished, You have done for us and we thank and praise You for Your may blessings! Thank You for sending Jesus, the Tested Stone, the Precious Cornerstone as our Sure Foundation! Please help us find strength in knowing when we rely on and trust Him we will never be dismayed! We praise You for Your grace, compassion and justice;we will wait for You! Thank You, Amen!