Hey our friend
We want to start this off by saying how thankful we are for you. You are such a blessing to us and the ministry here. May God bless you richly. We hope you had a wonderful week. We had great moments in all areas of the ministry and are thankfull on how God is guiding us forward. Please keep our thanksgiving meal in your prayers.
We also want to ask you to pray about to join our monthly or one time gift support team. We lost a few supporters over the last few months and want to see if you would like to start partnering with God and us in the ministry we are doing here. Pray about it. You can click on this link for more info on how to support us. Thank you for considering us. It means a lot to us. May God bless you richly.
A day of Thanks
This week we will celebrate on of the big holidays with lots of Turkey, family and friends. With that special day coming up, I want to look a bit more at the impact of ungratefulness at the example of Israel. As thankfulness carries blessings I believe it is also true that ungratefulness carries curses and moves us away from God. When you look at Israel and the many years they were connected with God you can see over and over again how they were ungrateful. Many times in the desert they complained about the situation they were in instead of thanking God for freeing them out of Slavery. They focused many times on the momentary short lived circumstance (walking through the desert and not having the good food of Egypt) instead of being thankful for what God has done for them. And every time they did that they end up slipping into sin and start walking away from God. But when they were thankful they were drawn closer to God.
When you are ungrateful you have your focus on lack instead of God. But on the other hand, when you are thankful your focus is on the One that has everything you need.
But why is that? Because their focus changed. When you are ungrateful you have your focus on lack instead of God. That opens the door to all kind of things like trying to be happy through things you should not do. But on the other hand, when you are thankful your focus is on the One that has everything you need.
We want to challenge you this week with this little exercise. Find each of those days things you are thankful for in that topic: Day 1 friends, Day 2 things you have, day 3 the good things God did in your life (gave you a job, kept you safe etc.), Day 4 family, day 5 your church and the people in there. After you are done with that start looking into other areas in your life you are thankful for. Start every day of your week by thinking about 5 things you are thankful for.
Have a blessed week and happy Thanksgiving.
Markus and Jen