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Give Thanks 2013: Day

Give thanks in plenty

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Today's Text: 1 Chronicles 29:10-15

Text: 1 Chronicles 29:10-15

We are careful to talk about how and why we as Christians should give thanks in circumstances that seem less than favorable. In need, hunger, pain, suffering, uncertainty and so on. But friends, we would be absolutely remiss not to put a keen emphasis on the value – the privilege – of giving thanks in the times of plenty!

At first thought, it seems simple. We’re relatively well-versed in bowing our heads when times are good. We return thanks at meals for the food set before us and for the hands that prepared it. We thank the Lord when our needs are supplied and when job offers are received and college acceptance letters arrive and when the harvest is good and the report card is favorable and the touchdown pass is completed and when we make it to the gas station just before the remaining fumes in our gas tanks are exhausted.

Our Lord has supplied our needs! And for this, we humbly give thanks.

But when we talk about plenty, it goes so far beyond moments and mail and meatloaf. Plenty is not just a season or a lifestyle enjoyed by a group of lucky people, just as Want is not just a sadface emoji that begs to be prayed for and brought a meal. We cannot simply characterize our circumstances on a sliding scale from famine to abundance because, for the believer, plenty and want are constant states of being.

Yes, we all have real, felt needs. And we each have noticeable, plentiful blessings. But beyond the surface, in light of eternity, our constant state is a want of grace, and our God is our constant supplier.

Sisters, may we count our good gifts one by one and credit His generous love for each. But wherever we find ourselves on the worldly poverty-to-prosperity scale, let us see ourselves in constant want of His grace and ever in possession of an overflowing cup of mercy from an all-sufficient God.

“Think how much grace one saint requires, so much that nothing but the Infinite could supply him for one day; and yet the Lord spreads his table, not for one, but many saints, not for one day, but for many years; not for many years only, but for generation after generation.”
–C.H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening

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For an added layer of worship and study, we chose a beloved hymn for each day of our Give Thanks plan. Today, we invite you to listen to “Amazing Grace” as we dwell on the truth of God’s word together.

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  • melanie Tippett

    Thank you for your love Jesus and at this time of year my heart reaches out to the lonely and abandoned who will spend time alone. Please reach out Father and wrap them in love that overshadows their pain and suffering. Make us aware of who needs our care and love so we can share with them and give as you give us every moment. Thank you Lord for every blessing you have showered me with and my prayer is for the lost to find you Jesus as we are so blessed to have received your gift of life.

  • Prayer for His mercy over my life. To remember that God is still on the throne.

  • I praise You and thank You Father because You are All-Sufficient! More than enough to meet the deep needs of my heart and the shallow needs of my day! What a love! Enable me to share that love with all those around me! I love you! In the awesome Name of Jesus I pray, Amen!

  • DaughterOfChrist

    The overflow of His mercy and grace is something that this world can not supply. We may have worked hard for the car we drive, the clothes we wear, the shoes we walk in, but we don't deserve His grace or mercy. What we do deserve is to be the ones nailed to that cross and die forever in hell–but because He is MORE THAN ENOUGH, we are reborn, alive, a chosen people to reign with Him forever and ever. So whether, we have a meal to be thankful for; shouldn't we be thankful for so much more?

  • Lately, my life has seemed to improve circumstance wise, and I can already feel my mind start to wander off from the Lord and my need of Him! Father, forgive me for this- how fickle are these seasons and how temporary my life? I pray that like David, I'd learn to love and honor you with absolutely EVERYTHING I have, no matter the circumstance. Thank you for your mercy and grace, father God; help me to rest in it and to believe it in my bones, but let me also stay alert and sensitive to where your spirit guides.
    As I've been living this out, I've also been reading about Joseph in Genesis. As the 7 years of abundance came and Joseph rose to be about Pharoah's equal, He kept seeking and honoring God through it as he collected grain for the 7 years of drought. I only pray that God would help me to see this season also as temporary, and that He'd build me up for whatever is to come.
    Father, help us all to remember that you are before all things, and that in you, all things hold together. (Colossians 1:17)
    This is my prayer for you, Ladies:
    "And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us." -Ephesians 3:14-21, The Message
    Be blessed.

  • The overflow of mercy, the abundance of grace…I look at this and wander how I can ever forget to thank our God for all of this. And then I look around and really realize the abundance of all He has given me, and I am ashamed that I still don't lift my thanks enough, my praise enough. God's precious gifts are so astoundingly simple that I tend to overlook them in my day-to-day living.

    Thank you Raechel and my #Srt sisters. I must never take this all for granted. I must treasure 1 Thess. 5:18, the giving thanks in all…

  • I loved this one today-really made me think. I feel like I am a pretty thankful person, but today's reading made me think of everything around me that I don't even think to be thankful for. Right now I'm sitting in a nice office, drinking a cup of coffee with every convenience anyone could want. My car is right outside my window, my co-workers would move mountains if I needed them to….so many things just in this one moment. Thank you Lord for the blessings in each minute of the day. Thank you ladies of SRT for what a blessing you are.

  • megkwhit

    Every day of this plan has really hit home, and today was once again exactly what I needed to hear/read. I often thank God for his grace in my prayers, but I rarely think to thank him for EVERYthing else!!

  • I'm thinking on all that I have been given, whether it be riches or grace, and how often I am selfish with those things. Today I am praying over myself and my family that we would give out of our abundance and our need to share what the world around us needs – be it grace, food, a cup of cold water. Let us be on the look out for opportunities to share what has been so freely given to us.

  • We seldom believe it is a good thing to be in a constant state of want, but Raechel reminds us "our constant state is a want of grace, and our God is our constant supplier." This indeed is a very rightful/good place to be. I want God's grace daily, hec who am I kidding, I need God's grace every second of my day. And I don't even have to feel like a grace sucking hog, because sisters he's got an abundant–never ending supply for us all! Amen and amen. This is something for further meditation and great thanksgiving on my part.

    Thanks Raechel, lots to ponder.

  • Janee White

    Grace – the getting of what we dont deserve. Mercy – not getting what we deserve.

    "let us see ourselves in constant want of His grace and ever in possession of an overflowing cup of mercy from an all-sufficient God."

    I have never thought of Grace as a desire of my heart. I have never thought of Mercy as a necessity. But this clearly reminds me that what I truly need is to be Saved from what I deserve. And what I truly want is what I dont deserve. Oh Lord, help us to realize what is truly necessary in this life. And help us to be grateful for all that we have. Yesterday, Psalm 23 said we lack nothing because You are our shepard. So today, Lord, I declare, that I lack nothing, in Jesus Name.

  • As someone who is self-employed, working with my husband, with our adult son in the same business….I find myself praying for us to succeed and survive. My eyes were opened through a friend this weekend who went through some difficult times but always with grace and faith in God. Lately I THANK God for all he's given my family and I believe now that we have succeeded and we are surviving and thriving as a family and a part of our community.

  • Candacejo

    Thank you for this today Raechel. I am thinking like Lola today, of those around the world who do NOT have plenty. Of those I saw when I lived in Eastern Europe who had much less than we do but still considered themselves rich because they had their basic needs supplied. When one asked what I missed most from America I said I missed having my clothes dryer/ and they asked, "Why? It is not necessary." And I had to realize they had only had washers since 1991 so it was no big deal to them to hang their clothes up to dry. They thought Americans were "soft". :)

    And then there is my friend Bonnie, who is on her THIRD trip to Haiti this year, right now. She brings joy to the faces of so many with the gifts she gives. Like the suitcases full of Crocs for their feet…my, my, if you could have seen their faces when they received these colorful shoes! They had never seen such "plenty".

    Today I will be thankful for the shoes on my feet (several pair to CHOOSE from), the clothes on my back (a closet full for sure), the roof over my head (no tin roof or thatch hut), and the food on my table (not only do I get to eat but I get to CHOOSE from an abundant supply!).

    Thankful for Plenty!

  • Candacejo

    Thank you for this today Raechel. I am thinking like Lola today, of those around the world who do NOT have plenty. Of those I saw when I lived in Eastern Europe who had much less than we do but still considered themselves rich because they had their basic needs supplied.

    And then my dear friend Bonnie who is back on her third trip to Haiti this year right now, giving again to those who truly have NOTHING and are thankful for ANYTHING they receive, even when she brought them suitcases full of Crocs. My, my, my! If you could have seen their faces when they received these colorful new and durable shoes! Never in their lives had they had such "plenty".

    We do not know what "want" truly is, we are so blessed. Today I will be grateful for the shoes on my feet, (I get to choose from so many), clothes on my back, (a closet full for sure), the roof over my head (not just a tin roof or a straw hut), and the fact that not only do I have food to eat but I get to CHOOSE what I eat from abundance.

    Thankful for plenty!

  • Praise The Lord for today’s devotional. I was thinking about the subject of “plenty” yesterday. The Lord has blessed me with not only living in a first world country, but the resources to enjoy what this country has to offer. As I lay here in my warm bed typing away on my iPhone I feel heartbroken for those living in poor conditions. And I don’t mean America’s definition of poor. I’m talking about how poor the people are in countries like Haiti and Ethiopia. Some of these countries have a life expectancy as low as 48. My heart breaks for what these people endure on a daily basis. In my thankfulness for what I have, God has opened my eyes to what others around the world don’t have. Thank The Lord for His people who go out and minister to these people and help supply their basic needs.

  • Joanne Sher

    Love and need this reminder. When it comes to grace and mercy, we can always have more than we need – we always have plenty!

  • Good morning SRT! Giving thanks for this forum where I can read and share the word!

    God thank you for the women of this group and all the people who make this possible! Thank you for your grace Father! May we go forward with humility, grace, and thankfulness today as we live out this day as vessels of yours:) In Jesus' name, Amen.

  • Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound…..we sang this at my daughter's funeral….. it's one, if not my favourite hymn…..I cry every time….
    The Grace given to one as UN worthy as me, the amazing love poured over me when I have felt UN lovable…
    Grace. Grace. Grace. Amazing Grace. Bless you Lord God for your Amazing Grace, Love, Mercy.
    Thank you. Forever I will thank you Lord. Thank you. X
    Thank you Rachael, for this morning's devo, a great reminder of just how much Grace Our Lord does extend to us every day.
    God bless you my sister's today with his amazing Grace, Love, Peace and Joy.
    X

    • Loretta Monahan

      Hello Tina, you blessed me this morning by your comment. I can't even imagine what it must be like to loose a daughter. I am so sorry for your loss. This brought me to tears as I can only imagine the pain you must have gone through and still do. But to see that you are still thanking God gives me hope. My biggest fear is loosing a child. I am plagued with fear of them dying in a car crash and been plagued with fear of car crashes. I haven't ever told anyone this. And my children are not walking with the Lord and not 100% sure if they are even saved. This gives me hope knowing that there are people out there like yourself that are going thru this pain and still be able to give God glory. I have recently starting doing Beth Moore's breaking FREE and know that there are lots of areas that I have to break FREE from and this message that you put this morning God just spoke to me that I have to be set FREE from fear. I am thankful for this devotional site and this message from Tina this morning. May God wrap his loving arms around you. Sending you a hug.

      • AnnaLee

        Loretta, praying for you. May God's love quench all fear and doubt in your heart. Ephesians 3:14-20; He is Soevereign and ALL is in His hands. No worries, sister. Love you.

        • Loretta Monahan

          Hey AnnaLee,

          I just read that portion of scripture. Love it. Going to write it down and that one is going to be something I see each and every day. God bless. Love you too.

          • tina

            Loretta, morning. Our God is amazing…… a year before julee died I took a year out of work trying to figure out what to do next as I was unhappy in what I was doing…… I spent most of those days with my daughter……my gift from God….because the following year she was called home to be with the Lord…..I look back now and can see this…… please do not, I beg you, worry about thing that might happen, you are wasting precious blessings time….. you miss the blessings ……your blessings are the here and now, we neither of us know what tomorrow will bring…..Jesus tells us not to worry for we do nit know what tomorrow will bring, so please worry less, and enjoy your family. Praying God's peace over you, Loretta. Enjoy your day and the blessings that are now. X

      • tina

        Loretta, morning. Our God is amazing…… a year before julee died I took a year out of work trying to figure out what to do next as I was unhappy in what I was doing…… I spent most of those days with my daughter……my gift from God….because the following year she was called home to be with the Lord…..I look back now and can see this…… please do not, I beg you, worry about thing that might happen, you are wasting precious blessings time….. you miss the blessings ……your blessings are the here and now, we neither of us know what tomorrow will bring…..Jesus tells us not to worry for we do nit know what tomorrow will bring, so please worry less, and enjoy your family. Praying God's peace over you, Loretta. Enjoy your day and the blessings that are now. X

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