Thanksgiving 2021

As God has blessed me with seeing another Thanksgiving in my life, I want to give some thanks and share some of His wonderful deeds in my life.

I thank God for:

1) Jesus paying the price for my sins

2) The salvation given to me

3) His great love for me

4) His Holy Spirit guiding me

5) My wonderful wife and marriage of 29 years

6) My 2 wonderful daughters

7) My 6 wonderful boys

8) My great son-in-law

9) My great daughter-in-law

10) My wonderful grandson

11) My great pastor

12) The jobs I have and had

13) His provision of food

14) The house I live in

15) His provision of vehicles

16) My wonderful dog

17) The 20+ wonderful cats

18) Friends

19) Extended family members

20) Living in Texas

21) Living in the country

22) My health

23) His protection in an accident my wife and I were in

24) His healing touch many times

25) His word-the Bible

26) The freedom to be able to worship Him openly

27) The struggles that have pushed me closer to Him

28) The many readers of my blog

29) The lives God has touched through me

30) The air that I breath

31) The stars and moon at night

32) The sun during the day

33) The needed rain

34) Cooler days

35) All my clothing

36) My hearing

37) My vision

38) The places I have been able to travel and see

39) Missionaries around the world

40) God fearing leaders in my life

41) The computer I use to write this blog

42) The internet to reach people around the world

43) Memories of all the good things God has done

44) The many experiences I have had

45) The large library of books I have

46) Godly speakers who have spoken into my life

47) The land that I own

48) The men’s group at our church

49) Our small bible study group

50) God’s presence in my life

51) The education I have had over the years

52) My time in the Army and National Guards

53) Living in the United States of America

54) The years I have lived on this earth

This is just a small list of one or more things that I am thankful to God for. It is one for each year that God has allowed me to live on this earth.

As I give thanks to God today, and every day, what are you thankful for? How has God blessed you?

Take time to give thanks to God and tell someone of what He has done in your life.

John 21:22 Poking Your Nose Into Other People’s Business

Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” John 21:22

Putting their noses into another person’s business is a common problem that many people have. Sometimes it is done to be able to control another person. Often it is done out of jealousy.

Most people want every thing to be fair and equal to every one, especially when it involves themselves in the comparison. When things do not appear to be fair and equal, people see it and jealousy often arises.

Jesus had just told Peter to feed His sheep, if he loved Him. Peter then asked about John. Jesus said He could keep him alive until He returns, but it has nothing to do with Peter.

Men and women in the church are no different than people outside the church. Many are often ‘concerned’ about another person getting something that they did not get. It is an undercover for the feeling of jealousy.

They will poke their nose into the business of others to see what they are getting they are not getting. Or why one person gets a blessing from God, while another does not. Some will question God as to His choices on handing out of blessings.

How God is blessing another person is of no real concern to any other person, unless one is willing to give God the glory for the blessing. Believers should rejoice when they see someone else being blessed.

Along with that, believers should accept their assignment from God. There should be no jealousy as to what God gives as an assignment to another person. God works with each person differently, but in the same way in guiding that person in the best way possible for his life.

As you go through life, you will see God bless others or give certain jobs to that you will not get. When you see these things, do not allow yourself to become jealous about it.

Give God all the glory and praise for what He is doing in another person’s life. While doing that, you can focus on what God is doing in your own life. Be more concerned about what God is telling you to do and how He is blessing you.

Don’t poke your nose into the business of others when it does no good.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God is calling you to do; that you will focus on what God is saying to you; and that you will not be jealous of what God is doing in and for others.

Mark 11:9 Excited For Arrival

Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our Father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Mark 11:9

When a famous person is arriving in town, everyone gets excited. They roll out the red carpet and line the streets to see the person arrive. Flags are flown and people are talking about it.

The excitement goes even higher when the person is there to help them and make life better. Praises and honor are given to the person in their excitement.

As Jesus came riding into Jerusalem, the people lined the road before and after Him. They shouted praises to Him and about Him in their excitement. They expected great things.

Although He does not physically come riding in on a donkey, Jesus still loves to make an appearance in the lives of people. He now sends His Holy Spirit in to touch and change the lives of people. The Holy Spirit is there to help the believer overcome the world.

However, there are some people who are not excited about God showing up. Sadly this includes some in the church. Upon seeing God showing up, they know that there will be changes needed to be made.

The Pharisees did not like it when Jesus arrived. God’s presence shines light upon sin. It meant change.

Every believer should be excited when God shows up, whether in a church service or somewhere else. He should be welcomed. Praise should be raised up, because God is there to bring about life and to make changes for the better.

In the presence of God, the cares of this world should take a back seat. Praise, honor and worship should take priority in God’s presence.

God wants to work in your life. He wants to be an ever-present presence in your life.

Allow yourself to stop what you are doing and roll out the red carpet for God to enter into your life. Be aware of when God is showing up to make a change.

Do not fear God’s presence, but embrace it, knowing He loves you and wants to be with you. God is desiring a relationship with you and is riding in on a colt to meet with you.

Are you excited about His presence? Or do you dread His arrival?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will welcome God’s presence in your life; that you will give great praise to God; and that you will allow God to change your life.