My Thanksgiving Thoughts for 2017
by Christian Author Elena Ramirez
It’s a day before Thanksgiving, and I am grateful to God. This year has been tough on me for a few reasons.
Its been a struggle in many ways. I have been challenged by life, by health, by friends, by enemies, by finances, by my own habits, and sometimes, you just have to grow. But God has been with me, and guiding me through it. I am grateful. Thankful, stirring up my faith.
I have grown. And I truly believe I have in many ways. I have had to go to the enemies camp and take back my respect. Maybe someone does not understand that. But when you trust people, and they immaturely reject you, or do not honor you, you stand up for yourself. And you take back what someone has hurt, and abused. Respect.
You know when you are a child, you trust people to take care of you. To be sensitive to those things and you need to learn. And when they abuse that, and you don’t know the difference, you accept it. But when you grow up, you see how perhaps, you were abused, and you want to break spiritual curses, or cycles, that hurt you. I think I am in the process of breaking some of these cycles, or curses, because I see, I am the Kings Daughter. I see, I am the head, and not the tail.
But when you see, people, especially people, you esteemed highly, and they have no regard for honoring you in these ways, you gain strength, and walk away.
So its sad, yet bitter sweet when you rise above it. But growing, is the goal for me any way. I want to keep learning, and growing, for Christ.
I have had to let go, and let God. In a lot of ways…. For other reasons, as well…
These are things, that this year, I have seen, I need to be careful in. With my walk with the Lord, and with others. And its been hard. Its been sorrowful, its been eye opening though.
And I do trust God, I am so grateful for my family, and the true friends I do have. I am thankful for my Salvation, for repentance, for God teaching me that I need to trust Him.
But I have learned, in my own giving of Thanks, to be grateful for little, and big things. To be careful not to get cold in my walk with the Lord. To be careful, even if I vent, not to hate anybody. To pray more. I have learned a lot, that I cannot even put into words.
To remember, though, not everybody takes these things to heart. So my red flag is up….
To look, and see what God’s Holy King James word says. And to try and obey. As a disciple of Christ, I have learned to discipline myself.
But as I think on these things, that I am grateful for, I am reminded, no matter how hard life can be, or how blessed one may be, one must draw closer to God. This has been my lesson it seems this year.
To seek Him more, to obey more, to be careful more, not to open spiritual doors, that are not of Him. And through it all thanking Him, and praising Him. And I make sure, I do. I will not neglect this, by being passive, or not letting my light shine for Christ. I try, and thats one thing, I pursue, to give Him glory.
I am someone, who stays away from spiritual entities that offend God. I honor God, and only God. In fear of God.
And I am careful what I speak…. I know more then ever, the power of life and death in my tongue.
But I know, I cannot be indifferent. I cannot be cold, or lukewarm in my walk. I cannot take God for granted, or people, or life for granted. I must pursue His Kingdom, in His righteousness.
Repentance clears the slate, even if I don’t even understand. But I must pursue God.
Revelation 3, from my King James, tells us, that He knows whether we are cold or hot. He knows if we are lukewarm, He will spit us out. He tells us, to be careful with the blessings we do have, because some who are rich, think they do not need Him.
They don’t know that they are miserable, poor and blind. He counsels us to to seek Him. Because He will rebuke us when we are wrong. He stands at the door, and knocks, and if we hear Him, He will come and dine with us.
Tomorrow we feast. As a tradition here in the United States. Thanksgiving day, is a time to reflect. And Christ is invited in my home, my humble home, but where love is, and where grateful hearts, reflect on His love, and goodness. THANKFUL!
Some do not have these blessings, and its sad.
But, I am just thankful to God. I am thankful for everything He has provided for me, and I am even thankful for some things I don’t have.
Learning to be content, is peace. And there is no peace with the wicked, as scripture says. So, I pursue Him, in this world, that does not always seem to give love in return. He is the vine, and I am merely a branch, but I can grow in Christ. And produce fruit, worthy of His Kingdom. But I make sure I stay on the vine with Christ.
And I pursue Him, grateful, for who He is. With God all things are possible, and I never let go of Him, in these thoughts of mine, because all things do work together for the good who love Him.
So I am grateful this year, as I surmise on everything, and I praise Him.
Happy Thanksgiving…With much love, in Christ,
Much love, Elena Ramirez
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