Today’s post was written by my wife, Rebekah. She is a thoughtful and intelligent woman that I enjoy sharing life with. I’m so grateful for the gift of a godly wife! Just a few things about her.
Her favorite book – The Lighthouse by Eugenia Price
Her favorite movie – The Lake House
Her favorite music – Classical and Jazz
What she is reading now – She Prays by Debbie Lindell
Her favorite color – Emerald Green
Her favorite spot – Italy
Her favorite food – Chocolate
When did you commit your life to Christ? “When I was six.”
Your favorite Bible story – Ruth and Boaz
Here is what she wrote for tonight.
• pleased and relieved
• expressing gratitude and relief
In our home we have a Thanksgiving tradition. On each plate is a single kernel of corn. We pass a small china dish and before one bite of turkey everyone must say something they are thankful for. As the kernels drop into the dish we hear things like, “I am thankful for my family, my home, that finals exams are over, my fiancé, my wife, and the list goes on and on.
Occasionally we will have a year full of circumstances that have brought the unexpected and sometimes the unwanted into our home. In those times it can seem difficult and even unreasonable to give thanks. However, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” So, in a very simple way we respond not to the circumstances but to whom we belong. I am “thankful and relieved” that because of my confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, I now belong to the Father in heaven. Just as Jesus is His Son, I am his daughter. My Father has a plan in all circumstances. I give thanks that regardless of the situation, I am his child.
This year I pray the prayer of Daniel “O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands.” (Daniel 9:4 NLT)