I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. …Happy Thanksgiving
Psalm 107:1 KJV, “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”
There is so much to be thankful for. God’s goodness and mercy flow through our lives daily. Even when we encounter tough circumstances, we can still remain thankful knowing that He will never leave us. He always has a plan, so we do not have to worry about today or tomorrow.
Being thankful helps us to look beyond our troubles and see the bigger picture, the bigger picture of how big the God is that we serve. Thankfulness reminds us that through God all things are possible. Rejoice and give thanks, because God’s grace is sufficient for our every need!
Psalm 37:1-4 NIV, “1 Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; 2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. 3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Don’t be discouraged by the wrong doing you see. Keep faithfully serving the Lord and doing good. You can put your complete trust in Him and know that He will protect you. As you delight yourself in the Lord, He delights in blessing you with the desires of your heart, nothing is too hard for Him. He knows what you need and when you need it, and He is never late. He cares about all the details of your life, so rest in His goodness today.
Matthew 18:20 NIV, For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
When we come together in Christ name, rather physically, virtually, or on the phone, (thank God for technology, especially during the pandemic) He promises to be in our midst. There is strength that comes from joining together in His name. We can pray together, share His Word together, and encourage one another as we persevere in our faith. The Christian lifestyle is not meant to be a solo journey, and it is a blessing to be part of a family of believers that we can walk side by side with. As Proverbs 27:17 tells us, iron sharpens iron.
Right relationships are a vital part of our walk with the Lord. The Lord will send the right people into our lives when we ask. We can trust Him to guide us to relationships that will propel us forward in our faith in Jesus.
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I joined the U.S. Army during my senior year in high school, and left for basic training at Ft Jackson, South Carolina about a month and a half after graduating. I remember when my recruiter, Sergeant Gore, asked me why I wanted to join the Army, I said because I admired military people and wanted to serve the country too. He was surprised to hear that, especially coming from a high schooler. He said most people joined to travel, get money for college, or some other benefit. Of course I was thankful to find out about the benefits when he explained them, but for me, growing up in a military area in Virginia, I really did see military people as admirable, and I saw a chance to be part of something bigger. I was excited about the new adventure that was ahead. Although, I was only in for four years, I will always be thankful for the time I spent in the U.S. Army, the people I met, and for the unforgettable experiences I had.
Here are some of my memories from basic training…
One of my worst memories was when we had to go into the gas chamber and lift our gas mask. The gas was no joke. This gave me a deep appreciation for my gas mask.
One of my most enjoyable memories was basic rifle marksmanship (BRM). It was fun learning to fire the various U.S. weapons.
One of the saddest memories was when one of my fellow platoon mates, Private Blair, who was also from Virginia, had family drive eight hours from Virginia to South Carolina, to visit her during Sunday visitation. Her mom’s chocolate chip cookies were so good, and since her family was from Virginia, I felt like my family was visiting too. However, after a short time, one of the drill sergeants came out and announced visitation was over, her family left. Ten minutes later he came back out and said he was just kidding. She cried and cried and cried. Her family was gone, and no phones were allowed so she couldn’t call them to come back. Some Drill Sergeants could certainly be cruel. I always appreciate my platoons lead drill sergeant for saying, “His job was not to make our lives miserable, but to train us.”
One of the most tiring memories was getting up every morning at 4:15am for physical training (PT).
One of the scariest memories, is when we finished our 4 day in-processing and they bused us over to the area where we would officially start basic training. When we stepped off the buses the drill sergeants were in our faces screaming like they had lost their minds. After the first couple of weeks they did calm down, “a little.” Towards the end of basic, they did say they did that because otherwise we would not have respected them.
One of my most peaceful memories were the night time Bible studies that a set of twins in my platoon, the Johnson’s, had in their room. These two privates were inspiring us to put Jesus first.
One of my most victorious memories was graduation day! It was great to see my parents and get out of basic training. Although it was bittersweet parting ways with my fellow platoon mates, that I had spent the last eight weeks with.
And finally, one of my most heartwarming memories happened about two weeks before graduation. I located a letter in my wall locker that had been secretly hidden by the soldiers that were in the room before us. They were encouraging us to not give up. It was amazing that they would take the time to write such a letter. Me and my roommates were thankful to read it. I still have that letter today, along with all the other letters I received while in basic training.
Well I’m passing that same word on to you today, don’t give up no matter what you’re going through. Trust in Jesus because He never fails. Happy Veterans Day everyone, especially to my fellow veterans! ✌🏿
Galatians 6:9 NLT, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, Lord…A New Heart