How to give thanks

I know it’s a few weeks to Thanksgiving, but I want to get ready for it.  If you pay attention to Wal Mart, you’d think you should be getting ready for Christmas with their Christmas section growing every day, but I challenge you not to skip your preparation for Thanksgiving.  While you may think the only thing you have to prepare for Thanksgiving is the dinner, Paul tells us in Philippians that is not the case.

In Philippians chapter 4, Paul tells us in verse 11 that he has learned to be content in whatever state he is in.  While he’s certainly not saying the because I’m in Pennsylvania today I can still be content, if I think about it like this it may help me.  When Diane was at Myrtle Beach, SC a couple of weeks ago, she was probably pretty content.  When she came home, there were some positives, but also some challenges and problems and “realities” that she didn’t face in Myrtle Beach.  Paul says the key is to be content in whatever state you’re in: fear, hurt, pain, joy, etc.

So Paul, how do we do this?  I believe Paul gives us the answer in the same chapter (4) verses 6 & 7 –

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Paul says when you are thankful to God and turn it over to Him, you will receive the peace.  Not when you get the answer you want, but when you thankfully let your request be known.

So how do we prepare for Thanksgiving?  I learned in the state of Pennsylvania this week that if you repeat a phrase 3 times a day for 20 days, you will have been reprogrammed.  In other words, if I say to myself, “I am thankful I am at peace” three times a day from now until Thanksgiving, I will indeed be at peace by Thanksgiving and believe me (and believe Paul) that will make you and me truly thankful.

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