Thanks be to the Father

PTThanksgiving2014

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Thessalonians 5:18

Dear God,

Today, we celebrate our six years here in our home…our sixth thanksgiving!

Looking back, I always knew in my heart that You have it all planned. I knew in my heart (from every time we passed the area), that this is where we are going to build our first home. It amazes me how You have everything all planned out. Not exactly how I expected it to be, but it is amazing nonetheless.

I remember when we first moved here, we were so full of joy and hope and dreams and yes uncertainties. Uncertainties that hit us as soon as we were settled in. You knew what you were doing.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Matthew 6:25-34

In the last six years we have been to many downs and ups and trying times. Times that tested our faith, our love and our strength. Times where I questioned your plans and cried (a lot). I am embarrassed to admit that there were also times that I got tired of praying and talking to you. I felt like, you were not listening….

“But it is sure that God has heard. He has listened to the voice of my prayer.” Psalm 66:19

In those times, you brought us closer as a family. You showed us our strength. We got to know ourselves better. You helped us grow spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. You showed us that we can endure more. Though we can accomplish with so much, yet we will still survive and be happy with so little. We learned to wait….for Your time, not ours. You taught us humility. You can give and you can take…so that we may not get too consumed with the world.

“It is God Who gives seed to the man to plant. He also gives the bread to eat. Then we know He will give you more seed to plant and make it grow so you will have more to give away. ” 2 Corinthians 9:10

Today, I want to praise You with thanksgiving. For the six years were you showed us how much of a caring, loving and understanding Father you are. For never abandoning us. For always seeing us through when we are at our lowest and neediest time of our life. For blessing us with people who prays for us and be there for us in whatever way they can do and give. Certainly not to be forgotten, thank you for my parents, my family back home. Even though they are far, they never cease to check on us, celebrate with us and cry with us. They were always there to lift us up and remind us not to give hope and to keep on praying. Thank you for Dada’s new job. I pray that you continue to bless him with good health, wisdom, strength and all that he needs to be successful in his new job so that he can be of service to you and others. I pray that, as we start on our seventh year, you continue to bless our little family with just enough so that we can help others and stay grounded. Bless us with your continued guidance, lasting peace, a deeper faith good health and much love to give to others.

Thank you Father for all that You are!

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His loving-kindness lasts forever.” Psalm 136:1

With much love,
Charina