Blessed Thanksgiving

A blessed Thanksgiving Day to one and all.

This Thanksgiving, may our thoughts be focused on the Lord’s goodness and favor which He has bestowed to us through the years.  Let us give THANKS and remember the precious encouragement in the Bible which says: “In everything give THANKS for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18. 

 We hope this Thanksgiving Prayer can bring JOY and GLADNESS to you and your family. Please use this prayer all year round to continue to renew your mind and focus on God’s mercy, grace, and goodness.

 

Thanksgiving Prayer

Thank you, God, for this food we are about to eat.  And thank you for Your many blessings on us this past year…the ones we’ve seen, as well as the ones we haven’t seen. Thank you, Lord, for the times You came through for us when we didn’t even know we needed a rescue.

 

Thank you Lord, for the losses we have experienced.  They have been a reminder that You are our greatest gain.

 Thank you, God, for the tears we have shed.  They have kept our hearts soft and moldable.

 Thank you, God, for the times we haven’t been able to control our circumstances.  They have reminded us that You are sovereign and on the throne. Thank you, God, for Your ability to take what we consider a tragedy and turn it into a treasure.

 Thank you, God, for those You have called home to be with You.  Their absence from this earth reminds us to keep our eyes fixed on heaven. Thank you, God, we have an inheritance in the heavenly places…something that this world can never selfishly squander.

 Thank you, God, for the greatest gift You could ever give us: forgiveness through Your perfect Son’s death on the cross on our behalf. Thank you, God, for the righteousness You credited toward us, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s a righteousness we could never attain to on our own. And thank you not only for eternal salvation, but for the salvation you afford us every day of our lives as You save us from ourselves, our foolishness, our own limited insights, and our frailties in light of Your power and strength.

 Thank you, God, for all that You have allowed and not allowed in our lives this past year. For we commit our lives anew to You this day and ask that You would continue to remind us, throughout this year, that You are God.   You are on the throne, and You are eternally good.

 Thank you, finally, that we can pray in the name of Jesus, who made our access to You – and a personal relationship with you – possible.  Amen! – Author Unknown

A Life Style of Gratitude and Worship

Gratitude Journal – Our hearts were stirred that first weekend of September at the MEANS retreat.  Prompted to pray and ask God to open our eyes and hearts to His gifts, we began our journey of counting the ways God loves us.  This journey involves developing the daily practice of giving thanks for His graces, His love gifts.  We started writing down these gifts in our Gratitude Journal. We were inspired by these words from Ann Voskamp in her devotional, One Thousand Gifts Devotional, Reflections on Finding Everyday Graces – “Whatever you do, the practice is intended to be a way of cultivating a habit, of learning to live praise, to make gratitude and joy your default, to move thanksgiving away from a holiday to a lifestyle – that all the days be holy and set apart for real joy.”

The key word here is intentional.  There should be a conscious effort to make gratitude as natural as our breathing.  The end of this gratitude habit is to discover more about God, to center our thoughts and hearts towards Christ and transform us to become more like Him. “We who contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18

From Gratitude to Worship – This daily habit of thanking God for His gifts, should also progress to worship.  The beauty of the things God created quickly fade and doesn’t satisfy.  God meant it that way so that it will lead us to seek satisfaction in Him and to declare His glory.  “We live each day surrounded by a symphony of beauty.  The few who live attentively find wonder in nature, art, music, story, food and relationships.  Some of these beauty lovers recognize that all beauty is ultimately derived from our Creator.” – The Beautiful One sermon series, The Compass Church.

So, as you take notice of God’s gifts, receive these with thanksgiving.  Acknowledge Him as the Creator of all the beauty all around you.  Make your joy and delight in His gifts a holy experience of worship.  “Everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” – Timothy 4:4-5

Contributor: Grace Rocha, MEANS Volunteer

FF Gonzaga Elementary School Read to Grow Reading Park

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Teachers from F. F. Gonzaga Elementary School attended MEANS Read to Grow workshop in Bacolod City last June 3, 2017. It is one of the schools that will receive books from AT and T FACES/MEANS book drive. In preparation for the books arrival we asked our partner in Bacolod City to paint the library. A beautiful environment is much more conducive to reading and learning.

Two teachers who are in charge of the library attended the MEANS Read to Grow workshop.

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To supplement the need for more reading space, a READING PARK was also created in the school ground, with children helping to clear the area.

 

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