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On Thankfulness…

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A week from tomorrow many of us will sit around a table with family and enjoy a meal that should have meaning.

Albeit, we celebrate Thanksgiving in the U.S. to commemorate our freedom from England and it’s restrictions on beliefs and religion.

But today…2010…what are we Thankful For?

Hebrews 13, the first 10 verses says, and if we are thankful we should…

  1. Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.

Do we, I ask? Throughout the year, do we truly love one another like family? Sacrificing our own comforts for this love? Are we thankful that God has given us family and friends to to love, in our lives? I ask myself, do I appreciate all those who are in my life?

     2. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

I forget, do you forget, to be hospitable to strangers?

A smile, holding a door for someone, or simply ignoring an impolite driver, who may have the world hanging in the balance, at the very moment he cut you off;  are these, really, huge sacrifices in the scheme of life?

Am I hospitable? Do I miss the opportunity to bless an angel of the LORD?…Do I remember the LEAST of these…

     3. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Now maybe you do, or maybe you don’t,  know someone who is in prison proper; however, we each know someone, even within our Christian acquaintances, who are in their own private prisons.  A prison that they have not yet learned they are free from.

Do I remember that I was once in that same prison, and go to this person and show them the open Gate? This one I can say I am doing…however, I did not always!

And the mistreated, have I extended comfort? Or do we look the other way, maybe in judgement, or worse, in self-involvement, thinking I have my own wounds to lick? Oh I hazard to think, as I feel the guilt of my ignorance.

      4. Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

As Christians, our marriages are the vision of the church, the body of Christ. Are we standing in the gap for and with our married couples and our single brothers and sisters, alike? 

 Are we extending invitations, to our church family singles,  a place to belong in their singleness? Or are they left out to battle the temptations of the world, alone?

Does my marriage extend examples that strengthen others in this command.  Does my marriage show, those still in the world, a picture of Christ’s Church?

Do we honor the great covenant of marriage, as we do its mirror image,  The Church?

       5. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you;  never will I forsake you.”

This is a hard one, for all of us. In this economy, this looks almost impossible, if we take our eyes off of God.

 I ask myself am I content with what I have? 

As the money gets tighter and we cut another hole in our financial belts…do I trust God? Do I remember that I do not participate in the lack of this world?

As this computer loads slower, day by day, don’t I long for the newest media laptop, with which to blog and edit pictures?

Do I really trust God to take care of the things I need, let alone the things that I want?

I learned a hard one this year health wise!! As most of my readers know. I may have left the money and the love to God…I did not, however, trust Him with my healing. Now I don’t know if I actually thought of it that way…but it was the result. I didn’t trust that He would take care of my health. So the next verse….

         6. So we say with confidence,“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

Do I? In all areas, do I really see the LORD as my helper? Do I stay out of fear?

FEAR is the OPPOSITE of FAITH…a woman of faith, I call myself…really???

And those mortals?? Just yesterday!!!! I allowed the actions of a mere mortal to offend me and make me feel lesser than my Father says I am!

Do I have confidence in my Father God..or do I, small mindedly, attribute to Him the lesser abilities of my mortal father? Though I love my father(s) dearly, they are mere men.

            7. Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

Do we remember what was taught to us on Sunday??? I can say that, eventually, I get back to remembering what it was God said through my Pastor. That is, after I get tired of battling what has gotten into my mind less than 72 hours later! I then…consider what Moses or Daniel or Hannah may have done…considered their faith and intimacy with God. Finally, by grace, finding center. And I can say that I am THANKFUL for Wednesday evening service because, by then,  I have wandered away, so aimlessly and sinfully wandered into the world, or my own head.

             8. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Am I thankful for this?? MY goodness YES! This is the scripture I was looking for when I found this blogpost ready to be written!  He is the same Yesterday and Today and Forever, thank God! 

The immutable God: INCAPABLE AND UN-SUSCEPTIBLE TO CHANGE.

Oh the tragedy of this life, if HE were to change like I do, so often! Forgetful, inconsiderate waife that I am, without Him!

              9.Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings.

Are we carried away by strange teachings? What are these?

These are any teachings or practices that take us away from Christ’s way of living.

Basically the ways of this world. The ways of the world, that take this Thanksgiving Holiday, we all celebrate, and make it about the things we’ve attained throughout the past year. Making thankfulness something about ourselves and our own abilities…forgetting that we do nothing without the breath of God each morning.

We are a people who tend to be thankful of things…I ask myself…what am I thankful for?

            10. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so.

What a blessing this verse is…STRENGHTENED BY GRACE!

Each Thanksgiving we basically eat a CEREMONIAL MEAL. In the ceremony itself there is no benefit. We see this in our very own actions on this Day of Thankfulness, when we are thankful for full bank accounts and our cars in the drive. Thankful of and for THINGS.

When what it is we SHOULD be thankful for is the FAITHFULNESS OF GOD THE FATHER who provided us the skill, provided the miracles, provided the food for this ceremonial meal.

Thankfully, But God…

and we are STRENGTHENED BY GRACE… We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.

WE HAVE AN ALTAR, FROM WHICH TO MINISTER AT THE TABERNACLE, FROM WHICH WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO EAT!

Christ…He is our altar. We must minister by Christ…

We must put into practice these things revealed here so that we might, by GRACE, minister  true thankfulness at this Thanksgiving Ceremony.

We come by our Salvation by Grace…the unmerited, unearned Favor of a loving God who provided the Altar from which we minister, from which we eat, daily.  WE did not earn this altar!

Faith without Works is dead…contrary to other scripture some say, confused…but what is confusing I ask myself?

If I am a woman of Strong Faith, as I say, why then do I question my part in these tasks these verses so clearly prove as the key to such Faith?

Do I?  Am I? Strengthened by Grace…

I read somewhere that Thanksgiving, in a Christian sense, is about being thankful for the year to come. That true Thankful Faith is about knowing that God is GOING to provide…I like that.

These ten scriptures are essentially a long list of PERSONAL “to dos”…

We have a week….can we get them all in?

Personally I am going to try! Come next Thursday I would like to be able to Thank God for the opportunity to have been a blessing. I want, as well, to thank Him for the provision He has for the coming year and the continued opportunity to work this list of 10.

I thank God for those of You who read…I thank God for those of You who wander by…I thank God that He allows Me into your life and You into mine.

Happy Thanksgiving Loves 

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Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

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