We at Anchored In Him wish everyone a
Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving along with
Seasons Greetings. As you read the poem below
from our Sister-In-Christ Mary Ann Trott
think about the content.
The title of the poem should cause all of us
to stop and think "Am I Grateful"?
Sadly when we go out to eat we do not see
folks giving thanks to God for the food or asking
God to bless the food.
So often we take for granted what God has
blessed us with, life at the beginning of
a new day, a roof over our head, food on our
table, clothes on our back and in the closet,
the ability to pay taxes and living in a country
where we can worship freely without fear of
retaliation from a government.
Everything comes from God! We will complain and
blame God about the hard times as well as the
trials and tribulations. Whether we realize it or
not God is molding us into what He wants, not what
we think we want. Are we thanking God for these times?
Oh how we thank and praise God for the "good" times,
but fail to thank him for the "hard/bad" times.
There have been Thanksgiving seasons where I just
felt like I was bubbling with gratitude,
but then there are others where gratitude naturally
ranks on the very bottom of the list if it even
happens to be on it at all.
You know what I'm talking about, you can fill in
the blanks of when you've had a loss right over the
holidays, and the zip and spark for the occasion
just drained out right on the spot.
And then somehow and some way, even though it
looked like a complete dead end, things change
in perspective as you muster the courage to whisper,
"Thank you, Lord," for the first time.
So this year, let's join hands, thanking God,
not only for what He has done for us,
but for what He will continue to do for all of
us as we praise Him.
As you gather with family and friends during this
Holiday Seasons ask your self "am I holding, a grudge,
bitterness or hatred in my heart"? If so confess these
sins to God. None of us are promised tomorrow, besides
you will feel better knowing that you forgave.
Remember those less fortunate, pray as to what God would
want you to give.
Pray for our missionaries, our Armed Forces and their
families and our great nation, we are truly blessed.
Remember just say "Thank you "Lord" no matter what
you are going through, Happy Thanksgiving.
Dear Heavenly Father
as I sit here tonight
I look to You for guidance
on this dark and dreary night.
It seems we are surrounded
enemies on every side,
but I must look up
and in You alone, abide.
Am I grateful for my warm house
as simple as it is,
or do I envy the mansion down the street
and wish it was there, I lived?
Did I pray today Lord
for the homeless and depressed?
Or was I just seeking
my own pleasure and happiness?
I heard a story this week Lord,
of a woman who was very ill,
but she spent her time reaching out to others,
about her own life, she was hushed and still.
She is gone now Lord
and many of her friends mourn,
but she left a wonderful legacy behind
oh, but their hearts are torn.
Am I grateful for my blessings,
do I thank you each and every day,
for all You have done for my salvation
do I get down on my knees and pray?
Do I just sit and thank you Lord
and not bring my list of needs,
do I remember to just Worship You
or is my heart filled with selfishness and greed?
Forgive me Lord
when my focus is not on You,
when I let the struggles of life
do a number on me too.
I need to make the time Lord
to just sit and talk with You
being grateful for all I have
and for all You have seen me through.
There were forks in the road
and bends around the creek,
I had many choices to make
Lord many times Your Face, I had to seek.
You never failed me yet Lord
You spoke from Your Holy Word,
I held onto those Promises
in my Spirit, Your Voice I heard.
I need to come before You
in simple Praise and Song
with a childlike heart
I know its with You, I truly belong!
To bask in Your Presence
to Lift up Holy Hands,
and Worship the King of Kings,
all God's Children understand!
Tonight I thank You Jesus
for being there for me,
never leaving or forsaking
even when I wandered away from Thee!
to Whom all Praises Ring,
I thank You for who You are
my Saviour, Lord and King!
A special thanks to our Sister-In-Christ
Mary Ann Trott for use of her poetry
©November 7th, 2013. God Bless my Sister.