From Fathers Heart To Yours
Thursday, October 19, 2017
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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving
Most everyone knows the story of the first thanksgiving. Though there are many these days who are trying to change the history record of this nations early days and our forefathers it was in fact a day of celebration for those early settlers.  They had been through a lot of hardship but were a people who trusted God, the only true God and their savior Jesus Christ. We have a lot to be thankful for and some of our most prized possessions are those dedicated people that came here so you and I could enjoy the religious freedom we still have today.
On the table this week will be many turkeys, hams, etc. with all the traditional fixings and I suppose some that are not so traditional. Families and people all over will gather in homes and other festive places to celebrate. Some will be truly in the spirit of thanksgiving others will be mere tradition or just an occasion to use for some devilish deed.
At our house everyday is thanksgiving. I know if you have been in church very much or just on certain occasions as some folks do, thanksgiving maybe being one of those occasions, you have heard thanksgiving sermons galore. But my thoughts today are how many of them do we have in our hearts?
It is easy, so easy, to become traditional even religious about certain things, to the point it no longer means to us what it used to or what it’s supposed to.
To those early settlers it meant something to have a Thanksgiving Day celebration. When Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving Day set aside, he stated that it should be a day for all the people of the United States to offer up thanks to the God who had blessed us and caused us to be great.
To have a grateful heart is of great value before god and man. People will be more likely to help someone in need if they are known for having a grateful heart. With God it carries much recognition. He said in His word to offer the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to Him. (Hebrews 13:15) In another place He said, in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (I Thess 5:18)The Psalmist said, Oh give thanks unto the Lord for He is good and His mercy endureth for ever (Psalm 107:1)
These are just some of the places where we are admonished, even commanded to give thanks to God.
It is almost impossible to properly give thanks to God if we can’t see what God does for us. I know many people that will give credit to luck, to some other person, to their dog, that good fish bait, to a good location, even a good deer stand but will not give thanks to God. You see if we really will look we can see God’s hand at work in our lives every where every day.
When’s the last time that you thanked God for your good wife, your good husband, your good job, your good children, your good health, your good food, your good clothes, that good deer you got, etc. You see the List is endless if we are looking. If we truly want to have a heart of gratitude then let’s look.
Many, O Lord my God are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us ward; they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them they are more than can be numbered.( Psalm 40:5)
Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men. Psalm 107:8
Be thankful!