Thankful

Thanksgiving  2014
Today on my early morning walk, I began thanking God for the innumerable blessings in my life. Inevitably I came to God’s Word and my gratitude spilled over into a list.

I’m so thankful that God, who created all there is, gave me a book where He reveals Himself. I see God in the recorded events of Jesus’ life. I hear God speak when Jesus speaks.

I am able to commune with God around His Word, confident that I am worshiping in spirit and truth. And there’s no limit to the depth He will take me.

His divine power has given me everything I need for life and godliness through my knowledge of him. Everything! I have found this promise to be true over and over.

God’s Word shows me the ancient path when I come to a crossroad. And in choosing that path I find rest for my soul.

When heartache devastates those around me, and my words are insufficient to heal, I borrow words from the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.

I have clarity in what it looks like to obey the Great Commandment to love God and to love others. I can love God by embracing the truth of His Word in daily choices. I can love others by pointing them to the Words of Life. This simplifies for me what otherwise seems so complex.

In my world of disorder and deadlines, God’s Word gives me a worthy goal to continually strive for—to be a workman who is not ashamed, who correctly handles the word of truth.

The Bible gives me words to repeat back to God in praise and thanksgiving.
“Shout with joy to God all the earth! Sing the glory of His name. Make His praise glorious…”

As this year’s calendar will soon turn to the last page, I’m thankful beyond words for all the opportunities God has given me to be a channel of His Word flowing to others. There is no higher privilege or greater joy.

I would love to hear from all of you. In what ways are you thankful for God’s Word?

7 comments to Thankful

  • Maria

    God’s Word has served as healing balm for my soul. His Word has given me physical & spiritual strength. This morning I spoke His Word out loud & I was overwhelmed by His presence & love.

  • Sue Bond

    Beautiful, Janet. Just beautiful.

    I am so thankful for His word as guidance and truth. I know I can trust what He says and who He is because of His word. And as you put it so eloquently, “I am able to commune with God around His Word, confident that I am worshiping in spirit and truth. And there’s no limit to the depth He will take me.” And as with Maria, “His word is healing balm for my soul.”

    I am so thankful and full of praise to our great God and my heart is filled to overflowing with joy because of Him!

  • Chérie

    As I’ve said before — having a friend that is like-minded is a major blessing in life, and finding one is better than Gold—any day of the week. I have to say though, that the friends I’ve made through Janet’s blog have proven my theory that if the like-minded-ness that is shared is because of the abundance of scripture etched in each others memory, that like-minded-ness jumps to a whole new level, and a bizarre-o supernatural something or other is present.

    That is probably why the Holy Spirit through the apostle Paul wrote ,
    “…then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose”. 
    —Philippians 2:2 (NIV84)

    SO!!!!!!!

    I am grateful in brobdingnagian proportions for the mega-memorizing sisters I have be-friended here.

    Not a one of them lives close by. 

    Not a one of them can I have a cup-a-joe with.

    Not a one of them can I “pop-round” to chat with…( as my British friend Isabelle says… and it means to “stop by real quick”) …..

    YET! It is undeniable how a friendship like this is so incredibly different and meaningful, and today I just wanted to shout out,…

    “I AM SO THANKFUL!”

    • oh wow Cherie, I feel the same way about this community. I’m thankful beyond words, (never heard the word brobdingnagian before) for the sisters AND THE BROTHERS out there in the blogosphere. God has poured his blessing on all of us.

  • So thankful for friends in Christ, and so tremendously thankful for The Word that tells me of the Friend I have in Jesus. To experience this like-mindedness is a gift, as Cherie wrote, I am so grateful for this community. Thank you to all of you, and thank you Janet for your inspiration and faithfulness in leading this group of Bible memorizers.