The Meaning of Thanksgiving! OPEN This Text!!!!

Gods beautiful Design

A common misconception among young people and non-believers is that we pray to God to ask for something. Perhaps there have been times when you yourself have prayed for good and righteous things. But we shouldn’t forget thanking Him for what has already been provided. God is not our concierge: in fact, we serve God.
In 2005 I found myself working on a film set as a stunt man in Bucharest, Romania. I had wanted to act since around 1999 but I had a terrible voice quality and was awfully shy. I prayed to God time and time again to provide me a big break and make me famous (for selfish reasons, too!). The stunt work was challenging, sometimes painful and I found myself surrounded by people that were often unpleasant. One evening, I returned to my hotel frustrated and began to cry. Why was I so close to achieving my dream but running on a hamster wheel? Why was it painful? Why was God mocking my ambitions?
I felt claustrophobic and decided to stand on my balcony under the Eastern European night sky. The cool breeze calmed me. My attention was pulled to two young gypsy girls begging in the street. My perception changed almost immediately, appreciating all the gifts that God had provided. That night was the first night I prayed to God to only offer thanks.
I thanked Him for inviting me into His glorious creation, for providing me with a means to follow my passion, and providing me an opportunity to share my privilege with those that need it, in His name.
Trust in Him, for God gives us what He deems is necessary for His children, and for this, we should continually show our gratitude.

Exoplanets are planets beyond our own solar system. Thousands have been discovered in the past two decades, mostly with NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope. 

These worlds come in a huge variety of sizes and orbits. Some are gigantic planets hugging close to their parent stars; others are icy, some rocky. NASA and other agencies are looking for a special kind of planet: one that’s the same size as Earth, orbiting a sun-like star in the habitable zone.

The habitable zone is the range of distances from a star where a planet’s temperature allows liquid water oceans, critical for life on Earth. The earliest definition of the zone was based on simple thermal equilibrium, but current calculations of the habitable zone include many other factors, including the greenhouse effect of a planet’s atmosphere. This makes the boundaries of a habitable zone “fuzzy.”  

Astronomers announced in August 2016 that they might have found such a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri. The newfound world, known as Proxima b, is about 1.3 times more massive than Earth, which suggests that the exoplanet is a rocky world, researchers said. The planet is also in the star’s habitable zone, just 4.7 million miles (7.5 million kilometers) from its host star. It completes one orbit every 11.2 Earth-days. As a result, it’s likely that the exoplanet is tidally locked, meaning it always shows the same face to its host star, just as the moon shows only one face (the near side) to Earth.

Most exoplanets have been discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope, an observatory that began work in 2009 and is expected to finish its mission in 2018, once it runs out of fuel. As of mid-March 2018, Kepler has discovered 2,342 confirmed exoplanets and revealed the existence of perhaps 2,245 others. The total number of planets discovered by all observatories is 3,706.

Astronomers are astonished that extrasolar planetary systems look nothing like our solar system.

Cause/reason? Earth was made for Man and Man for Earth. The GREATEST Artist – Supernatural yes!Man as an Artist. Since God has created us and made us to reflect Him (Genesis 1:26-27), we are also capable of aesthetic creation, reflection, self-evaluation, and visual communication.

Extensive word study led to the conclusion that creativity in Scripture refers exclusively to God’s achievements and that those achievements are in two dimensions which mirror human creativity. In the other dimension God creates by doing or performing rather than making.

Lord God, we gather around this table to humbly thank You for all that You have given us this past year – not just what is on this table, but who is sitting around this table. Thank you for life and laughter, for health and happiness, for relationships and memories. Thank you, too, for the lessons learned and the tears we’ve cried because of Your ability to grow us through them. Thank You for Your comfort and Your presence, in light of good days and bad. Thank You for what we have now, for what we had yesterday, and for what You will continue to give tomorrow. Let us never take that for granted, but to always be grateful for every good and perfect gift that comes from You. May we have hearts full of thanksgiving not only today but every day of our lives. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, Amen.

Thankful people are happy people.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

C O L O S S I A N S  3 : 15


Delana,

Thanksgiving Day — It generally brings up warm thoughts of good food, time spent with family and friends and reflection on the people and things in our lives we are most grateful for.
And it’s great to stop from all the busyness of the season to do just that…be thankful.

When we choose to look at what’s going right in our lives, it shifts our perspective. We become more focused on all that God is doing and less concerned with what is still lacking.

I believe the Lord would take joy in knowing we have grateful hearts all year long.

Taking time to remember what God has given us can lift our thinking to bring us to a place of contentment, peace, and joy.

We have so much to be thankful for—family and friends, health, food and shelter, careers and jobs—and most of all, a loving Savior who died for us so that we could have an abundant life here on earth and eternal life with Him in Heaven.

I’d like to pray a Thanksgiving Prayer of Blessing over you…

      Father, I lift up each person to You who is reading this today and I pray that if life has not been kind and they are feeling like there’s not much to be thankful for that they would have a renewed sense of Your presence, Your peace and Your joy during this holiday season. I pray they would be reminded of Your faithfulness in times past and that they would begin to hope again in Your goodness, knowing that Your Word says in 3 John 2 that Your desire is for them to be well—in spirit, mind and body.
            I give all honor, glory and blessing to You and I say a heartfelt thank you for all You mean in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Author: Delana Zakrzewski

I am saved by the most High God for others sins against me any sins against the Lord God Almighty, Whose Son Jesus, washed us all of our sin by His presuses blood and beat death, by walking out of the Tomb

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