“Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High.” (Psalms 50:14 NIV)
I have lived 500 miles or more away from my family for nearly 10 years, yet I have always been able to make it home for the holidays. Despite my obligations, I have been fortunate enough to always be able to travel home to Chicago to be with my loved ones. Whether it was school breaks or vacation time from work, I have been present for the carving of the turkey, eating of the feast and the round robin “I am thankful for…” Of course this year was a different story.
A couple of months ago God blessed me with a new job in my field which meant that I would be in the office the day after Thanksgiving. Upon first knowledge of my Turkey Day 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee I wanted to totally deny it. Facing the fact that I would be eating a take-out meal and watching a RedBox movie on the ultimate family day was unbelievable and quite depressing. Sure I could have flown into town just for the day, but I had to be realistic and know that I am financially blessed and not financially insane! So as the days of November raced by me I was forced to swallow my pill of disbelief and simply asked God, “What am I supposed to do for Thanksgiving?”
Days after I popped the question to God I continued on with life as if the thought never crossed my mind. I praised Him for our relationship, thanked Him for the love He gives me, and worshipped Him for who He is. Honestly, ladies, after I questioned God I was prepared to be reprimanded, but things were different. He didn’t discipline me in our quiet time together, nor did He hit me with His Word. Instead the days after my inquiry, He sent His angels directly to me. I received Thanksgiving dinner invites from my boss, co-worker and classmate back to back. Once again I was concerned about my plans and God had already made the preparations on my behalf. The best thing that I could have done was continue to be happy no matter what the end result of the situation looked like. My gloomy holiday outlook was attempting to deceive me when all I had to do was give thanks to my God and everything else fell into place.
I may not be in the situation that I prefer right now, but I praise Your name for Your provisions. You are always working on my behalf and that is more than enough. Continue to show me how to be thankful even in the most challenging circumstances. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to be thankful for it all. You have been blessed to make it to this holiday season and the Lord is still making moves in the spirit so that you can begin living in the overflow in the natural! Get ready for your blessing! Be Blessed!
Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management. She resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She serves tirelessly with the Evangelism Team there. Latasha also works at Mt. Zion as a member of the Administrative Support Staff. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.” Isaiah 54:17