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3M: How thankful are you

Everyday since November 1, many people have been sharing on Facebook a reason they are thankful.  It has been great to read some of their responses and to see people counting the ways they are thankful.

At the moment, I am in Budapest for some dental and medical treatments.  I have much to be thankful for, not the least is the opportunity to live in Donetsk, Ukraine and having friendships with many wonderful people.

I am thankful that I got to hear two sermons in English today.  I attended the International BC this morning and then a group of colleagues got together tonight for a time of worship and word.

My colleague, Alvin, shared from Philippians 4.  One of the things he shared really struck home to me.  He said that often a person will spend days, weeks or months praying for something and when the Father answers the prayer, how many times (days, weeks, months) does that person spend thanking God for the provision?

It caused me to reflect back over some things I have prayed for, seen God’s Hand obviously in the situation, thanked Him and went on.  I need to be continually thanking the Father for the way He intercedes on my behalf.

There is an old hymn, “Count your blessings,” which says, Count your blessings, name them one by one…  I am thankful for a relationship with a Father in Heaven who loves me and takes care of me.  I am thankful for Him calling me to live in Donetsk, UA.  I am thankful for 2 living sisters who love me.  I am thankful for a family that is supportive of the ministry of which I am involved…

With just a few days before Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for? Count them!

UPDATE: Just today I received a blessing from an answer to prayer.  I have been looking for a coat to wear over suitcoats, etc.  They were expensive in the US and I found one in Berlin that was less expensive, but I didn’t buy it.  Since being in Budapest, I have been to a couple of stores looking and found one that I almost bought on Friday.

Well, I decided to go back to the store this morning after my appointment.  I walked into the store and saw that they were having a sell, but I thought it was kind of like the sales Kohl’s has in the US: purchase something today and we will give you a coupon for 25% off in December.  Since the signs are in Hungarian, I couldn’t read the details.  Well, I decided to purchase the coat and at the cashier, I soon discovered that I was going to save 25% on the coat! What a blessing for waiting and praying some more!  Thanks be to the Father!

Comments

  1. Joel Ragains says:

    I am thankful this season for my wife remarkable recovery from breast cancer and for His provisions through all of this. He truly is a faithful God. I knew that but have been experiencing it first hand again.
    Blessed beyond measure. Thankful for family and friends worldwide.

  2. Joel,
    I am thankful to have friends and colleagues like you and ME who are like family. Praying and believing for MER.

  3. I am serving as the interim Minister of Music at First Baptist Church in Longview Texas, and I would like to bring attention to your mission work in one of our upcoming worship services in hopes that our congregation will continue and increase their support for mission work around the world.

    To that end, I would like to ask you to help me by preparing a very short (3-5 minute) video that I can play in our worship service. It should not be a polished, professional video piece. It could be recording via webcam or any other device that is easily accessible to you. I would like to give you some creative freedom on what you would say to us in the video, but I would suggest the following format:
    1. Speak a brief word of greeting to the FBC Longview family to personalize the video.
    2. Introduce yourself and briefly characterize the work you are doing and where you are doing it.
    3. Describe the need for Christ in the culture in which you serve.
    4. Describe how the Christian people of that culture celebrate the birth of Christ (traditions, etc.) this time of year.
    5. Tell us how we can pray for the people of that culture.

    Please let me know if this is something you can do for us. I would be most grateful, and I pray God’s blessings on your work.

    Sincerely,
    Tom Webster

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