“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:4-6
“Prayer is God’s ordained way to bring His miracle power to bear in human need.” Wesley L. Duewel
- Dear Sister, it’s time to gather your Bible and journal, and spend time with Jesus. Is it cold where you live this time of year? Grab your favorite sweater or blanket and snuggle in for our devotional reading today.
- Take time to read these accounts: Matthew 14:19-20, Matthew 15:36-37, and Mark 8:1-9.
Miracles of Multiplication
I have always been awed by the miracle story of the five loaves and two fish! In this incredible miracle of multiplication, Jesus first took time to give thanks for the little He had. Our Heavenly Father then multiplied the loaves and fish so generously that there was not only enough to feed thousands, but there were 12 baskets full of leftovers! Authentic thanksgiving is a key step to receiving blessings.
We reserve the fourth Thursday in November to celebrate traditions, with lots of eating, and hopefully, lots of gratitude given unto the Lord! Consequently, this time of year can also highlight the areas in our lives that we experience lack or discontentment. Perhaps it’s your finances—that’s usually what we think of first. How about the size of your home, your wardrobe, etc? We can all find something we wished we had more of! Instead of focusing on what you want, or even need, thank God for the blessings you already have. When we offer a sacrifice of praise, even during hard times, we take the attention off of ourselves and place it on the Almighty God. Thanksgiving conquers our discontentment, and we gain the discipline of rejoicing always!
My mama used to say, “There will always be people who have more than you and those who will have less than you.” Don’t get caught up in the comparison game! This tactic of the enemy makes you miserable! The enemy likes to camp in this area of your heart; but when you count your blessings and are thankful for what you have, Satan packs up and moves out!
Blessings and Love,
Questions to Ponder
- How has God blessed you? Write these blessings in your journal. Write down even the smallest thing for which you are grateful. Challenge yourself to see how long you can make your list. Pray and record the attributes and spiritual gifts you have been given, thank God for them, and ask Him to mature you in these areas. If you have a material need, first thank God for the little you have and then praise Him for being your Provider, your Jehovah-jirah.
Mama, if we want blessings and miracles in our lives, we must be thankful at all times, and not just on Thanksgiving Day! Make a habit of being thankful every day—starting this week!