Philippians’ 1: 3 (MSG) I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy.

As the Thanksgiving Holiday draws near I am reminded of all the things that I have to be thankful for. I have a loving, relational God who cared enough about me to send His own Son to die for me, so I could live with the Lord eternally. God has blessed me with a beautiful wife, both inside and out, who loves me and supports me. How about you? Don’t look for perfection, just look for the best possible aspects of your loved ones.

The Lord has given me a wonderful family, and wonderful friends that I can count on day and night to be there for me. And I have a special job, where I can take what I used to struggle with and turn it around to help others struggling with the same thing. I am grateful and starting to connect the dots in my life, how about you? 

And yet I also realized that I don’t take nearly as much time as I should to thank God for all of His wonderful provisions for me. Often I take them for granted, as if I deserve them, as if they were owed to me. How about you? Who do you need to let know they are appreciated?

Point to ponder – I received a letter from my big sister Angela, letting me know how she appreciated me, and our relationship as her baby brother. Today’s message was inspired by her connecting with me in more than I can say in today’s message! Look for good qualities of those in your life today, share those qualities with them, and thank them for being in your life. And thank the Lord for them, and all the things God has given you. It could turn out to be the best Thanksgiving season you’ve had in a long time!

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Kingdom Blessings,

Pastor James Baker, Jr.

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