{Stuffed} on Thanksgiving

"Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, 
and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 
For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness."  
(Psalms 107:8-9)

Hi there and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Are you gearing up for a feast right now?  Maybe the smell of a delicious turkey is wafting through the house making your stomach growl or maybe you've already "dug" into Thanksgiving dinner with your family! Now you're probably as stuffed as the turkey you just ate! Lol! You left enough room for a slice of pumpkin pie though- right?! ;) Lol!

Well, for today's post, I wanted to share two things that I'm desiring to be "stuffed" with this Thanksgiving!  CONTENTMENT AND GRATEFULNESS!  I want to feast on these two character qualities that please God's heart on Thanksgiving day and beyond!!!

Contentment is recognizing that God the Great I Am is enough and also believing and resting in the fact that He gives us all we need for our present happiness.  

I love how Roy Lessin describes contentment! 

"...Contentment takes you to still waters, not to waves of covetousness; to satisfaction, not to dissatisfaction; to sufficiency, not to jealousy; to peace, not to striving. It helps to edify, rectify, and sanctify the soul. It harmonizes with the songs of heaven and echoes in your spirit the reassuring words, “Peace be still!...
...And on what is contentment based? It is not based on your bank account, your paycheck, or your assets, because all of these can change in a moment of time. Contentment is based on this truth: “God is my provider and I trust in Him alone…He is faithful to His promises, He takes care of me, and He will never leave me nor forsake me..."    

Gratefulness is recognizing God as the Good Giver and lifting up your heart in thanks for all HE IS and all He gives!

Max Lucado words it so wonderfully as...

"...The grateful heart is like a magnet sweeping over the day, collecting reasons for gratitude. A zillion diamonds sparkle against the velvet of your sky every night. Thank you, God. A miracle of muscles enables your eyes to read these words and your brain to process them. Thank you, God. Your lungs inhale and exhale eleven thousand liters of air every day. Your heart will beat about three billion times in your lifetime. Your brain is a veritable electric generator of power. Thank you, God...
"...Gratitude gets us through the hard stuff. To reflect on your blessings is to rehearse God’s accomplishments. To rehearse God’s accomplishments is to discover his heart. To discover his heart is to discover not just good gifts but the Good Giver. Gratitude always leaves us looking at God and away from dread. It does to anxiety what the morning sun does to valley mist. It burns it up..."

"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." (Hebrews 13:5, 8)

"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content." (1 Timothy 6:6-8)

"Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:4-13)

"Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness." (Psalms 107:8-9)

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's." (Psalms 103:2-5)

Blessings to you as you feast on God's goodness and fill your heart with contentment and gratefulness!  


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