Thoughts about blessings, faith and life to ponder on Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving a day to, well, be thankful for all the wonderful blessings that we have in our lives.I could go on and on about the things I am personally thankful for. My loving fiance Terri, my wonderful children, Ashley, Chris, Miranda, Mary and Chuck. My new family and friends in Pennsylvania plus my extended family ... you know who you are. My job, my house, this blog, my pets ... lots of things.

Okay I kinda just went on and on a bit.

I urge all of you to take time today to just kinda soak in life. Think about all the things in your life that you are truly thankful for. Enjoy your family, though they may make you nuts, and you may want to throw them in the oven with the turkey, you may realize that life would be empty without them.

You my not come to that conclusion, but I urge you to give it a shot.

Here are some thoughts about blessings, faith and life to ponder while you pound down your meal and watch 'A Christmas Story' yet again.

Blessings: We often forget that everything in life, including life itself, is a blessing from God. As a man of faith I thank God during my daily prayer for all those blessings he has bestowed upon myself and my family. If you ever want to know just how blessed you really are? Just take a few moments to look around you. There are many people who are having a much harder time getting through their daily life than you are. Take time to pray for those people. Even though it may not seem like it to the casual observer, The Lord is taking care of them as well.

We live in a world full of distractions. From cell phones to television our daily lives are filled with things that take our minds off our problems as well as God. I urge you to take the time to look around you. There is a beautiful world out there. Instead of watching another cute cat video, watch some children playing, look at a sunset or if you have the means take a walk in the woods. The miracle of God's creation is all around you and is a much more wonderful show than anything on the television or internet. Take every opportunity to disconnect from technology and grow closer to God through enjoyment of his wonders.

Nobody ever said the having faith would be easy, it's not, in fact it can be one of the single hardest things in your personal life. Everything we are taught in our lives, both consciously and unconsciously, seems to put us in a position not to trust in it. The first moment that a problem, no matter how severe, rears up it's ugly we head we begin to worry. Stress can overwhelm and the mind begins to run wild with scenarios. Stomach upset and a restless nights sleep will undoubtedly follow. Faith, at it's core, centers on a persons ability to overcome this (or at least attempt to do so in earnest.) and accept God's will no matter what. That of course is easier said than done.

Many times God's will, Gods plan, or God's timetable for the events of our lives simply don't mesh with what we want. Everyone lives in a society of instant gratification instant news, instant food and an "I want it now" mindset. God simply doesn't work this way. Just because YOU want it immediately or YOU may feel something is an immediate need does not always mean that it is what is best for you in the grand scheme of things. Very rarely do we as human beings take this in to account. We almost never look at these things as a possible harm. God always does and on numerous occasions He will step in and stop things, not to make our lives hard, but to protect us from unforeseen hardship and to provide an even better opportunity through His grace. This, as one would expect, puts the human race at odds with God. Not because we wish to fight against the Lord, but simply because we are human with all of it's frailties and lack of an omnipotent point of view.

The important thing to remember is that God always has your back. Look back throughout your life and try to remember some of the hardships you have endured. Did you make it through that situation? Did the problem seem to solve itself, or did something unexpected happen to solve the problem? Are you here on the other side of the event with a better perspective on the event wondering why you were so worked up in the first place? That my friend is how God works in our lives through faith. You may not have had a plan at that point in your life, but God did and He delivered you through it to where you are today.

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