Thursday, December 5, 2013

Choosing Gratitude Day 25

Day 25

Deuteronomy 8:1–10

Historians have differing perspectives 

in relation to the first Thanksgiving 

celebrations in America, but we know 

some details are true. We know the 

Pilgrims’ journey from Holland to 

England to the New World was 

frightfully difficult, with sickness and 

storms on the arduous, weeks-long 

voyage. We know once they arrived, 

the task of carving dwellings out of the 

forest quick enough to hold back the 

advancing effects of winter was a losing 

race against time. Nearly half of those 

who made the trip didn’t survive the 


And yet with sheer survival the order of 

each day, and with fears for their 

families an all-consuming worry, their 

writings and recorded history are filled 

with demonstrations and attitudes of 


Each Sunday—in lean times as well as 

relatively plentiful—they gathered for 

prayer, meditation, the singing of 

hymns, and a sermon. It was their 

regular practice to stop and give 

thanks to God at the outset of each 


Use your prayer time today to think 

back over the history of God’s 

faithfulness in your life, your family, 

and your church. Make a list of 

desperate situations or seasons when 

you have witnessed His providential 

protection and provision.

Ha! This would have been a good one on Thanksgiving. ;) 

Hmmm...I'd have to say my family is in the middle of a desperate situation/season. :) But God has been faithful though this hard time. Here are some ways:

-God has eventually provided the funds for things we NEED. Giving my husband or I a little work here and there.
-He has provided us a place to live (even if it is my parent's finished garage. ;) ).
-There is something wrong with the van (actually at least 3 things), but he has kept it running.
-Plus family is going to help pay to get it fixed as a Christmas gift to me!
-God always provided the gas for the van that was NEEDED.
-He kept Josiah and I safe and alive through my difficult pregnancy and his premature birth.
-Plus He provided loving care for both girls while I was in the hospital.

What are some ways God has provided and protected you? I would LOVE to hear, it would be such an encouragement!

For His Glory,

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