With Thanskgiving a couple of days away and the start of the holiday season, so many people start to worry and get anxious about all the errands they need to run, the details that need to be worked out and accomplish, or worry about whether everything will turn out perfect.
For some, there is the worry about having the finances required to purchase enough food for their family and friends, or some may start to feel down or sad because the find themselves alone at a time when others are talking about all the friends and family members they are looking forward to seeing during the holiday.
I often find myself getting anxious about the little details. Not sure why, when the people I plan to have over for dinner are the same family and friends that I see all the time. It’s just something about expectation and anticipation that gets me going. Plus the fact that I am still trying to recover from being a perfectionist. Oh, and also the concern with trying to stay within my budget.
If you find yourself in a state of overwhelm, like myself, or are feeling weighed down with burdens, give yourself the gift of compassion and find some time to get away for a few moments or mintutes to meditate on a few scriptural reasons to not worry, but to give thanks. I have gathered a few of my favorites and hope that they will uplift and encourage you during this season of Thanksgiving.
Psalm 28:7 (GW)
- The Lord protects and defends me; I trust in him. He gives me help and makes me glad; I praise him with joyful songs
Isaiah 40:29 (GW)
- He gives strength to those who grow tired and increases the strength of those who are weak.
Romans 4:20 (TLB)
- But Abraham never doubted. He believed God, for his faith and trust grew ever stronger, and he praised God for this blessing even before it happened.
- And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4: 6-7 (MSG)
- Dont’ fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Philippians 4: 6-7 (MSG)
Colossians 3:16 (Amplified)
- Let the [spoken] word of Christ have its home within you [dwelling in your heart and mind—permeating every aspect of your being] as you teach [spiritual things] and admonish and train one another with all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
- You make the path of life known to me. Complete joy is in your presence. Pleasures are by your side forever
Psalm 3:3 (Amplified)
- But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.
These are just a few reminders of the many reasons we can give thanks in the place of worry. Allow at least one of these scriptures to penetrate your heart and feast on His word as you enjoy your Thanksgiving blessings. I believe within my whole heart that your heart will be especially blessed.
Build Faith: Feast on at least one of these scriptures as your main course… allow it to nourish your heart today.
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