Happy Thanksgiving!
Sister Joy

We Will Remember

Just before we read our text,
Sister Joy wants to challenge you to sit down and make a list of all
the wonderful things the Lord has done for you.
Most everyone I talk to is hurting in one way or another.
If we are not careful, we will find ourselves forgetting to
Give Thanks with a Thankful Heart.
We all have something that God has done for us that we
can choose to lift our eyes to the Lord and say
"Thank You Lord."
You may not have to reach very far to remember something
the Lord did for you, and you want to just say, "Thank You Lord."
You may feel you have to reach back a week, or a month, or a year,
but if you take a minute and just get alone with the Lord, you will
remember. A friend of mine sang a song recently called,
"We Will Remember."
Let us make a choice, no matter how good or bad we feel this year.
No matter how rich or poor we are this year.
No matter what we are facing this year.
We can make a choice to say,
Thank You Lord!
1 Thessalonians 5:18
"In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
It is not always easy to say "Thank You Lord."
However when we yield up and say, "Thank You Lord" even when we do not feel like it or in times
we do not even understand why we are facing the trial we are going through,
We are showing the Lord, we trust Him, even when we do not understand His Ways.
This sign of obedience and trust in our Heavenly Father says,
"Lord I love you and even though I do not understand, I trust your ways in my life."
Whatever we are facing today, let us always remember love has brought us there.

Psalms 136:1
"O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good" for His Mercy endures forever."
Our Lord is full of goodness and mercy. Sister Joy needs the goodness and mercy of the Lord.
How about you? As we give Thanks to the Lord we will begin to see the unending goodness and mercy of God each
and every day. Let us chose to, "Give Thanks unto the Lord" no matter if we are up or down,
spiritually speaking. As we learn to grow in the Lord and "Thank Him" more, we will remember more
and more things we want to give thanks for. As our Spiritual eyes open and we will see more and more
just how good God is to us!  We will begin to notice how His Mercy flows out to us daily.

This is not a lesson we will learn once and for all.  You see people, satan uses discouragement on all of us.
Someone once told the story of how Jesus went to a garage sale put on by satan. Jesus saw lust, lying, swearing all out on the table for sale. Jesus ask satan where discouragement was. That is when satan told Jesus that he wasn't going to sell discouragement, because it works on everyone. 
Well we would do good to learn from this little story.
When we feel discouraged we are being fought by satan to steel our joy.
The enemy of our soul knows the joy of the Lord is our strength.
It would be good for us to remember the joy of the Lord is our strength.

So, when we feel down and discouraged,  we can begin to choose to remember what the Lord
has done for us. It is not always easy but God will reward our obedience to His Word.
Maybe it was yesterday, last week, or a month ago, but we can reach back in our minds eye
and remember and, "Give Thanks" for something our Father has done for us.
This is the will of God for us to do and He promises blessings if we will obey.
Sister Joy loves that song,
"We Will Remember"