In our society, there is little time to reflect on all for which we give thanks. The joy of Thanksgiving has been overtaken by the race to get the best deal. We have a tendency to choke down the meal and quickly proclaim thanks for our family as we are racing out the door to in an effort to beat our neighbor to the best deal on needless items.
This year God blessed my family with a beautiful and abundantly joy filled week for which we reflected on all He has poured out upon us this year. Yes, it was different as this was the first Thanksgiving without my Dad. Yet, as He always does, God proved so very faithful.
Our God son, daughter-in-love and granddaughter entered the house! Nanna and Poppy enjoyed a week of spoiling a certain little Pumpkin Pie, while spending quality time with the big kids. We talked about life, and spent much time talking about the Lord. We even had the opportunity to open our home to a young man who is not a believer. As we reached our hands out to pray before our meal, I felt great joy. Joy that even in a simple prayer before an abundant meal the gospel was presented to this young man.
Our homes are as much a mission field as countries on the other side of the world. A seed was planted for the Lord, and I pray that one day He will reap a mighty harvest!
Another mission opportunity presented itself on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. My husband so willingly agreed to open our home up to many of my talented friends. We hosted a Holiday Gift Open House. Crafters and small business women filled our home setting up tables adorned with our wares, while the community found their way through our door to shop.
They were welcomed by smiling faces, homemade hot chocolate, cookies, and lots of pretty things to take home. But, there was something far greater that welcomed them in our home. It was the ever present Spirit of God. He was present and welcomed each woman who made her way into our cramped little space. What a joy to love on people in the name of Jesus!
This year I cannot say that Thanksgiving has come to an end and Christmas is beginning. Rather, because of the work God is doing in my life, I can say that I will come to the Lord with thanksgiving in my heart for all He has done. This Christmas, the greatest gift I will receive has already been provided…it is an opportunity to serve All Mighty God.
Yes, we are going to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, not simply one day but for many days! This year, we will walk together in the reading and study of my new Advent Bible Study Unwrap the Joy. We will celebrate daily! So before we even get going, I’d love to give you a gift! It is a set of printable Advent Bible Verse Cards. Just click the link and download!
I’d also like to give you a challenge this year. As you spend each day in the Word, heed God’s command in Matthew 28:19-20. Then remember that God is always with you! Whether you open the front door, go across the street, to the office, or to a busy store…just Go. Then, share the gospel of Jesus with someone at least twice each week! I challenge you to show others how to Unwrap the Joy found in the greatest gift mankind will ever receive…Jesus Christ!
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20