My Thanksgiving Defined…

Today is a reflective day for me.  I woke up this morning thinking about my life, mortality, my family, and the blessings in my life.  I felt like writing God a letter expressing my gratitude.  However, I wanted to be intentional about what the words I’ve used all of my life and what they  actually mean.  Below is a brief letter of thanks to God.  It might be time to define your thanksgiving too!

Dear God,

Thank you so much for your daily GRACE to me and my family:

grace

[greys]  noun, verb,graced, grac·ing.

1. favor or good will
2. a manifestation of favor, esp. by a superior:
3. mercy; clemency; pardon.
4. favor shown in granting a delay or temporary immunity
5. an allowance of time after a debt or bill has become payable granted to the debtor before suit can be brought against him or her or a penalty      applied.
God,
I know that my life has not always looked like your standard for me, but please know that I know, you were in it after all.  I also thank you for PROVIDING for me and my family.

pro·vi·sion [pruh-vizh-uhn] –noun

1. arrangement or preparation beforehand, as for the doing of something, the meeting of needs, the supplying of means, etc.

2. The act of supplying or fitting out

Finally Lord, I know that my life today does not mirror that of my age demographic. I fully acknowledge that it has been your FAVOR in my life that has brought me to this place…

fa·vor [fey-ver] – noun/verb

1. something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act
2. a gift bestowed as a token of goodwill, kind regard, love, etc.,
3. to prefer; treat with partiality
4. to deal with, treat, or use gently
For all of these and many other blessings, I give you praise and thanks,
In Jesus Name,
Amen.
Peace, Grace, Favor and Provision,
T2
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