It’s that time of year when many people are busy making plans for the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve…how we look forward to the excitement of gathering with family and friends. But for many, holidays are not a time of joy, but remembering the past…and old wounds.
Thanksgiving in our home means a day when we gather around the table and remember our blessings. For me, it takes only a moment to look around the room and realize God’s goodness. I am thankful for my husband, our sons, our daughters, and our beautiful grandchildren.
Yes, I am truly blessed. But there are times when I am tempted to open the door to memories which are not so happy. And that, dear friend, can be a dangerous preoccupation. So, before you allow the enemy of your soul to rob you of peace, joy, and love…I urge you to forgive.
Of course, some of you will be quick to say, “But I can’t forget what happened”. That’s true for many. When we carry a scar from an old wound, the evidence is always there. But have you asked God to heal completely, or do you enjoy picking at the wound until it begins to bleed,once more?
I must remind you…God loves you, and he desires you to walk in the fullness of His Spirit. That includes: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22). But, the choice is yours. It takes an effort on your part to say, “Yes, I want all the good things that life has to offer”.
So, during this holiday season, before you make out a shopping list and prepare to celebrate…I urge you to first prepare your heart. Then we can all take time to be “Thankful”.
Be Blessed, Donna