And It Will be Given to You
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, just a few days away. The first Thanksgiving that took place in what is now the United States was organized by the pilgrims of Plymouth colony in Massachusetts in 1621. The event celebrated the year’s harvest after the first continental winter survived by the colonists (source: Yahoo)
In some historical accounts, it relates that the Indians, the natural inhabitants of the New World celebrated with the Pilgrims. It signaled a peace for a time between the Colonists and the Natural Residents .
Some of my readers may remember that in 2016 I wrote a series of articles under the main title of 366 Days of Thanksgiving. The goal was to try and show everyone that there was something to be thankful for each and every day, no matter what you might be going through or had been through.
I was surprised at the many unusual things I found to be thankful for, things that we take for granted on a daily basis. It ended up actually being a type of therapy for me as well. For many years I didn’t believe that I had a lot to be thankful for because of the 18 year abusive relationship I had been in.
Even after becoming a Christian, even after I was delivered from that situation, I still thought every day about the cruelty, the physical and mental abuse that I had suffered. I went through each day trying to act like a Christian but I still had some of the bricks left from the walls I built around my heart.
Over the years the Lord has chipped away at these bricks through the love and kindness of others. This opened my mind and heart to the good memories I did have and showed me that I had so much to be thankful for.
Each and everyday, even when something triggers the PTSD or Depression or the bones ache more than usual, I look around and start to pick out the many blessings that I have. There are so many and true to human form I often take them for granted because they are part of my everyday life.
I’ve allowed the nightmares and thoughts of the abusive past creep in only long enough to remind me where the Lord brought me from. I can clearly see each step that was taken to bring me to where I am today.
I am surrounded now by so many people that care for me, so many that aren’t afraid to claim their love for me and in return it has taught me how to love back. I am abundantly blessed and truly thankful for each and every person in my life today.
Luke 6:38 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Psalm 100:4-5 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.