Graceful Perseverance: Thanksgiving in the Holy Word – 11/18

thanksgiving2Welcome to this week’s blog, a holiday week. It seems appropriate to call attention to the English word “Thanksgiving,” the French translation “Merci de donner,” the Italian translation “Grazie dare,” and the Spanish translation “Gracias que dan.”  Such a beautiful word is wonderful to practice out loud with family and friends this holiday season.

I thought it would also be very interesting and enlightening to identify the word “Thanksgiving” in the Holy word (NIV), a universal book shared by many cultures and nations. The first scripture that jumped out at me was Psalm 100:4 – Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

thanksgiving3Exactly. Give Him thanks and praise and not just one time a year, but daily. Pour out your thanks to the one who created you, the one who protects you and watches over you, the one who will never leave you or forsake you.

Holy Bible and Rosary BeadsScripture tells us the true meaning of Thanksgiving focuses on the relationship between God and man. Thanksgiving begins with acknowledging God as faithful and earnestly giving Him thanks, in advance, for His abundant blessings. Philippians 4:6 speaks of prayer and petition – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Everything the Holy word instructs is around the act of giving thanks, the grateful acknowledgement of benefits or favors, especially to God. Thanksgiving is an expression of thanks, to our Heavenly Father.

Yes, Thanksgiving is a universal, public celebration in acknowledgement of divine favor or kindness. Thanksgiving is a day set apart for giving thanks to God: above all that He has blessed us. He calls us to glorify His name and give thanks that we have a Heavenly Father watching over us.Group of People Holding Cross and Praying in Back Lit

Scripture clearly defines Thanksgiving as a time to praise God. It’s a reflection of adoration, sacrifice, praise and offerings. Thanksgiving is an act of worship, a grateful prayer to God. Psalm 42:4 says “These things I remember as I pour out my soul; how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng.”

According to scripture, long before the colonists celebrated their successes, Nehemiah assembled two great choirs to give thanks for God’s faithfulness in rebuilding the wall. According to Nehemiah 12:27 – “ . . . The Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully and (to give) dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps, and lyres.”

I believe Thanksgiving should be an “attitude of the heart” that reinforces our intimate relationship with God.

Psalm 50:23

Psalm 92

thanksgiving1Happy Thanksgiving, and may the Lord bless you and keep you, may His face shine upon you and give you peace. May you spend the day with family and friends reinforcing the multiple blessings we receive from our Heavenly Father, as well as carrying out persistent prayer and petition throughout the season.

Blessings until next week,

Debra Pauli
Unstoppable Believer

About Debra Pauli

Debra’s life story is truly a testimony of an incredible amount of courage to survive one of the most catastrophic child abuse cases ever recorded in Missouri history. With absolutely amazing strength to overcome a childhood foundation built on daily terror, torment and near-death experiences, Debra has conquered a very horrendous life, and today convinces everyone thru her blogs, books, passion and raw honesty that what they're desperately searching for already lies within. Over several years, Debra prevailed the path of self-destruction, self-doubt and complete life regression, and instead dedicated her mind, body and soul to a life of healing from the inside out, rather than the path of self-destruction. She shares her life lessons, and faith-based teachings to her followers in order to incorporate her years of successful strategies into their work life and personal life. As a woman who has proven time and time again her profound passion to conquer life, Debra's followers are changed forever when she reveals the true meaning in life, why it’s important to take risks when pursuing dreams, and how to focus on the gifts we’ve been given, rather than concentrating on our short comings. Her powerful faith-based blogs and books are engrained, everlasting and timeless for everyone, as her raw truth and humor teaches all of us to embrace every day with the right attitude – good things happen and bad things are only a test! As a successful author and blogger, Debra brings 30+ years of expertise to her readers and followers alike. Debra attended Rochester Community College and Winona State University in Rochester Minnesota, receiving a degree in Psychology and Sociology. For the past 31 years Debra has evolved into an executive, professional, entrepreneur who started her own book publishing company, written and self-published six books, with more on the way. Today Debra is a professional faith-based blogger with over 338,370 followers on social media. Today Debra resides in California with her husband. She is the mother of four sons, a grandmother of nine grand babies (6 girls/3 boys), and a mentor to thousands of followers who are drawn to her inner strength, perseverance, and passion for life through her books and blogging. Debra has been a professional faith-based blogger since 2010 with more than 338,370 followers of her blog café. You can also follow Debra on social networks such as Facebook, Cambridge Who’s Who, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Blog Cafe, as well as many other social networks. Debra Pauli is the author of six books - A Survivor's Closet 2003, . . . And then there was LIGHT 2004, Why we Cry for a Soul set Free 2005, Once Upon a Man (frog or prince) 2013, Saving Three Leaves on a Tree (me, myself and I) 2014 and Where is God (a testimony of conviction) 2015.
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