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A Time for Giving Thanks
By Joel and Victoria Osteen - Nov 25, 2021
Today is a special day to pause and remember the goodness of God in our land and to thank Him for our freedoms. It's a time to remember the good things that God has done in your life and in the lives of your family members and to give Him thanks. When you take the time, you can see those places and spaces in your life when God brought you victory, brought you success. When you remember what God has said and bring an offering of gratefulness to God from your heart for Who He is and all that He has done, it will transform your life.

Living with an attitude of thanksgiving can happen every day of the year, because Thanksgiving isn't just a holiday; it's an attitude of the heart. The psalmist tells that every day we should "enter God's gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name" (Psalm 100:4). It all begins with what you choose to focus on. You can either focus on your problems, or you can focus on your blessings. The question is, Do you want more problems, or do you want more blessings? Living with an attitude of gratitude means you don't just thank God for what He did in the past, you also thank Him for what He will do in the future. You thank Him for opening new doors. You thank Him for increasing you. You thank Him for bringing the right people into your life.

When we thank God in advance, that's really a declaration of faith. Your thanks is saying, "God, I'm so sure of Your goodness, I'm so sure that You're working in my life that I'm going to thank You right now for what You are going to do tomorrow." Remember, faith is what pleases God. Faith is what moves Him. Faith is what opens the door for His promises to enter your life.

Wherever your plans may bring you, we want to remind you to not only enjoy and cherish the special time set aside with your family and friends, but invite God's presence into your life and home this holiday. May you feel His blessing today and every day of the year!

"Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever" (Psalm 118:1).
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