Thanksgiving

Autumn is a time of new beginnings. Or maybe new remembering.

At times I feel as if each new discovery of God’s love and grace is something my heart has always known, something only needing to be refreshed and made new for today.

Either way, as a new beginning or as a deep remembering, I want to encourage you this day. God sees you and He cares. Just as He knows every tree in a forest, He is aware of the turning of every leaf. Our times are in His hands (Psalm 31:15).

God sees you

No matter how much we may want to cling to the familiar, we have to accept that things must change if we want to experience the full beauty of all that God has for us in life. This can be so difficult for us if we are clutching to the past as a way to avoid the pain of facing the reality of all that has happened in our lives due to an abortion in the past. The only way I know to get through it is to continually come back to the question of how God sees you in this present moment.

To even risk asking this question requires faith–and, as Oswald Chambers said, “God’s character has to be cleared in our own minds.” We must believe and know firsthand that He is kind, He is loving, He is good and just, He sees us, and He cares. Nothing escapes him, yet Jesus doesn’t reject anyone (John 6:37).

If you haven’t yet settled those questions about God’s character for yourself, today is the day. Now is the time to worship Him and begin to believe. Faith is a muscle which gets better with use. Read your Bible for some amount of time today–for the sole purpose of getting a better understanding of God’s character. Ask God to teach you who He is.

Pray.

Be still and know Him.

And be sure to take time–don’t rush through the coming holiday this week–to give Him thanks.

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