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Thanksgiving week

1 Chronicles 16:8,9 – “Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.”

It is the week of Thanksgiving. I agree with the statement that we should be thankful more often than once a year. I try very hard to live a life of thankfulness. As you can see here, I wear a bracelet to remind me to be grateful and thankful.

What does it mean to give thanks? 

I think that being thankful can take many forms. 

Prayer – Reaching out to God in prayer just to tell Him how appreciative you are for Him being active in your life.                    Songs – Singing praises to God with a heart in a position of humbleness and gratitude.                                                         Conversation – Have you ever taken the opportunity to turn the spotlight off yourself and turn it on God? Giving Him the glory for an achievement in your life is a great way to show thankfulness. All too often, we are so focused on ourself that we take away the opportunity to praise Him and give Him glory.                                                                                                                                      Giving –  I think that when we take the time to give to someone else out of the abundance that we have, we are, in a way, giving thanks. When we give with the heart of humbleness and the desire to help someone else along, we are telling God thank you for supplying my needs and giving me the opportunity to help someone else.

Just like anything else, all of these acts of thankfulness can be corrupted by our heart-itude. If our heart is focused on ourself, if our motive is promoting self, then each act is torn to pieces in front of the throne of Christ. Our acts of thankfulness becomes acts of pride and selfishness, neither of which is honoring or glorifying to God. 

So, as you enter this week of busyness – planning, traveling, buying, cooking, cleaning, preparing and all the other craziness that I know goes on at my house – check your heart. Make sure that you determine in your spirit that you will choose to plan, travel, buy, cook, clean and prepare with thankfulness in your heart because all of these actions require prayer, singing (to keep from going crazy), talking with others and giving of yourself and what you have out of your abundance. Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks. Make sure THAT is your primary priority.

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Seeking

1 Chronicles 28:9 – “And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.”

David is encouraging his son here. He reminds him that he knows God. He serves him wholeheartedly and with a willing mind, that means he is willing to do what God says to do without question. David reminds Solomon that The Lord searches our hearts and understands our thoughts. God knows the reason that we do things. And He knows what the desires of our hearts and minds are. David explains to Solomon that if he seeks Him, he will find Him. But if he chooses to reject or forget Him, God will no longer bless him. See, God wants to bless those who want more of Him. If you don’t want anything to do with God, He will leave you alone. And that is something you DO NOT WANT!

Seeking. We are always seeking something. Sometimes people are seeking the latest fashion, the latest color of the year or the latest fad diet. We are always seeking something to make us better. To change our lives for what we feel will be the better. Yet, excluding Cinderella, I don’t know anyone whose life truly changed from wearing the latest fashion.

David is encouraging Solomon to continue seeking God. See, seeking Jesus is the fulfillment of that need to transform our lives. He will change things up and mix things around like you have never seen! He changes our seeking into understanding and fulfilling our purpose in God’s light.

When we seek change without God, nothing really changes. O, the color of the walls may change or the things we eat may change but rarely do those changes stick. We get tired of eating celery and drinking carrot juice and go back to coffee and chips. We get tired of turquoise blue in the living room and go back to a shade of tan. The world’s idea of changes to be made are temporal. They don’t last.

But the changes that come from seeking Jesus and continuing to seek Jesus are remarkable. When you have a problem in any area of life, you have Someone to guide you to the answer. You have a Friend that sticks closer than a brother. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He listens. He understands. But do you notice something in all these positives? It requires you interacting with Him. Seeking Jesus is an active relationship that requires you to move.

So today princess, seek Jesus. Be encouraged by these Old Testament words of David. God wants to richly bless you. But He won’t get involved in your life unless you ask Him.