Giving Thanks

by Rebecca Olmstead on November 22, 2011

in Meat & Potatoes,Sharing

Blessings Friends,

Isaiah 40:31:

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Praise The Lord!

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already upon us! And we have so much to be thankful for!

I taught on the Beatitudes Sunday, In Matthew 5. What beautiful reminder that no matter how bad things get here, poverty, sickness, mourning, oppression, testing, cruelty, strife and discord, persecution, if we remain faithful, we have a future devoid of all that.

An inheritance that includes, The Kingdom of Heaven, comfort, a new earth, righteousness, mercy—an eternity with God. Thank you, Jesus!

Thanksgiving can be a difficult time for my husband and me. It was on Thanksgiving Day, twenty-one years ago, that a confession triggered the long, painful death of my first marriage. My daughter, Hannah, died the day before Thanksgiving, fifteen years ago, and my husband’s late wife, passed away the day after Thanksgiving, nine years ago.

So, while we busy ourselves with Thanksgiving preparations, I sometimes feel heaviness in my heart that makes me a little more tired, a little more somber.

2009 was especially hard—on my husband, because I was so ill. An orange-sized tumor was growing out of the nerves of my leg, and we weren’t certain I’d see another Thanksgiving, here. This had to bring back some bad memories and fear for him, and for me, because there wasn’t anything I could do about it.

This year there will be another empty place at our table, as another of our sons has estranged himself from us.

But, in spite of all this, I have seen the promise of Isaiah 40:31 come alive.

Sometimes, waiting on The Lord is incredibly hard. In fact, it’s impossible on our own. But I have a joy that transcends my grief and pain, and I know this is the fruit of The Spirit.

Patience is one of the manifestations of God’s love in us. It is only in dwelling in His love that we can experience the joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control that embodies His love.

Waiting on The Lord is essential for our spiritual growth.

It is only through The Holy Spirit that we can endure great suffering and, not only keep our faith intact, but become even mightier in Christ.

The enemy comes to steal our joy and peace. When he can steal that, he takes our hope, and in turn, our faith. Then, he has won, and we have been robbed of our victory—our future.

I’m writing this to encourage those of you who are struggling right now. Hold on to Jesus. Immerse yourself in the love of Christ, drink up His Word, and praise Him in all things. Keep your focus on The Author of Life, and He will sustain you.

Though it may not seem like it now, you will mount up on wings as eagles and soar on the updraft of His joy. For, “the joy of The Lord is my strength.” Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you; His angels will surround you and minister to you, and the enemy will flee.

No circumstance is bigger than our God.

You are so precious to Him, and He will never leave you. He promised, and He does not lie.

This life is so short, compared to the eternity of joy just ahead.

So, please, don’t let go.

If you are not struggling right now, please pray for those who are. Pray without ceasing, storm the gates of heaven for those who are weak. They need you more than you know.

I pray this Thanksgiving we all take time to count our blessings and give thanks for them. God is so good. No matter how bad life gets down here, we have a future worth celebrating, and praising God for!

I also pray for your healing, peace, and joy.

God’s grace and peace be yours,

Rebecca

 

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