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Today’s Truth

Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.

Psalm 106:1

Friend to Friend

In homes across America, friends and family will soon gather around beautifully decorated tables filled with warm, scrumptious food to give thanks. It’s Thanksgiving Day. However, this day will be nothing like holidays of the past for many people.

Lonely but committed soldiers covered in the dust of battle will patrol foreign borders, fighting for our freedom while their families back home long for word of their safety. The homeless will make their way to the nearest soup kitchen, hoping for a warm meal and a smiling face as so many celebrate this day of abundance. An empty place at the table will be a painful reminder of the loved one lost. A worried husband and dad will sit at the head of the table, wondering how he is going to tell his family that he just lost his job. The list of wounded hearts and unmet needs is brutal.

We convince ourselves that life will be better when we have more money, when we find the right mate, when we get the kids raised or build the right house. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we buy a nicer car, when we get that promotion, when we are able to go on our dream vacation or when we retire.

We keep trying to find joy, contentment and peace in lifeless places and useless things. Jesus Christ is life. He is Joy and He is Love.

We can give thanks when it seems like there is nothing for which to be thankful because Jesus Christ took our place on the cross. It always comes back to the cross.

One day, a man went to visit a church. He arrived early, parked his car, and got out. Another car pulled up near him. The driver rolled down his window and shouted, “I always park here. You took my place!” The visitor went inside for Sunday school, found an empty seat, and sat down. A young lady from the church approached him and stated, “That’s my seat. You took my place.” The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome, but said nothing.

After Sunday school, the visitor went into the church sanctuary and sat down. Another member walked up to him and said, “That’s where I always sit. You took my place.” The visitor was even more troubled by this treatment, but still said nothing.

Later, as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them, the visitor stood, and his appearance began to change. Horrible scars became visible on his hands and sandaled feet. Someone from the congregation noticed him and called out, “What happened to you?” The visitor replied, “I took your place.”

Yes, we live in a broken world. Life is filled with pain, challenges, dark times and trials. But today can still be a day of celebration because praise and thanksgiving have little to do with the Thanksgiving holiday and everything to do with our inner attitude toward God.

It really doesn’t matter how much we lose here, my friend. I have read the Book, and we win! We just need to take the time to remember … and give thanks.

Let’s Pray

Father, we come to You today, praising You for meeting our needs this year in ways that we may or may not have understood at the time. Looking back, we see Your hand of mercy and love. We recognize Your presence and your power, and we celebrate You. Today, we celebrate life.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Sharon, Gwen and I want to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, a day of remembering all that God is, all that God has and all that He wants to be in your life.

We praise Him for allowing us to do life with you and with each other.

We want you to know that we are with you, on the same journey, here for you,

Girlfriends in God.

11 Responses to “We Win … So Give Thanks!”

  1. Tracie says:

    Somehow it seems like this year many people are enduring. I have been so sad and stressed at the fact that we are struggling financially, that I’ve lost sight of what our trials consist of. It’s all God. He gives us power of attorney to do HIS work here on earth, so let’s speak to these mountains. Let’s have the Godfidence to challenge the devil in the mess that has been created. WE SHALL WIN. Thanks GIG, for the daily encouragement, as today is a true reminder that I’m not fighting alone.

  2. Nancy says:

    Thank you so much for your devotions everyday. These devotions have lifted me up so many times this year. I love sharing them with my friends. Again thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Lori Strange says:

    Hi girlfriends. Just wanted to thank you for your daily devotions. They have spurred me on and encouraged me tremendously. I am presently in the waiting room while my husband is dying from severe COPD. Through this season the Lord has taught me so much, mostly about trusting Him and His purposes. I have a strong desire to write a book. “Altered by the Altar”. Just in the research stage. I don’t have much education, but others have told me I have the gift of teaching and writing. I’ve done some bible teaching in the past, before I had an affair of the heart which led to being cast from my family. After being separated for 10 months, my husband had a stroke and died of cancer within 6 weeks. I remarried and am now living the consequences of my disobedience. Praise God I have repented and am forgiven and have returned to the Lover of my soul. Sharon, I have read many of your books and I am convinced that God will use my scars for His glory. My book perhaps will be part of that. I would appreciate your prayers, that the Lord would give me confirmation, vision and direction. It all comes down to trusting the Lord. I choose to trust Him today. Thank you again for the part you all have played in my surrender. God Bless and strengthen your ministries. Wishing you a blessed and joyous Thanksgiving

  4. Debbie says:

    Thank you, you are all a blessing to me. I plan to read this to my family at Thanksgiving. May you be richly blessed by Jesus!

  5. Erika says:

    Beautiful devotion Mary! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  6. Madessa says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Ladies,
    Thank you for sharing the talent the Lord has given you. You have Blessed me and taught me so much through Gods word, and I am so grateful for all of you! “May you and your families have a Blessed Thanksgiving!”

    Your Sister in God,
    Madessa

  7. Mina says:

    What a wonderful way to start this beautiful day with Thanks, love and blessings. Thank you ladies for such wonderful devotions. Mary, you are a tremendous gift. You bring joy to so many.

    Happy Thanksgiving ladies!!

    ~Best, mina

  8. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! We are so blessed to do the work of God and minister to precious women like you. Have a blessed day of giving thanks!

  9. Lori says:

    I give thanks for the three of you! Each morning I have coffee and my Bible time with one of you. On the weekends I’m in one of your books. Thank you for sharing your love of the Lord, your gift of writing, and being real in this life.

  10. CK says:

    Thank you for the time you put into these devotions. They have blessed my life. Happy Thanksgiving.

  11. sami says:

    happy belated thanksgiving! thank you always for these devotions love sending these to people and also helps get me through each day. (even though I slack and need to send people more than one gig to catch up).

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