“A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.” – Joseph Addison
“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” – Henry Ward Beecher
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things and at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8
The Thanksgiving season is fast approaching – a time of year we reflect on all we have been given with a heart of gratitude and reverence.
Too often, that reflection takes on an earthly viewpoint. We measure our blessings in a tainted, tangible way – one that places the finances, the relationships, and the possessions on the top of the list.
But this year, I want you to think about the priceless blessings in your life – the ones that often lack a tangible, physical characteristic to them. Money cannot buy them. They cannot come in the form of a person, for it they do; they lack consistency, stability, and a type of endurance that is beyond human capability to sustain. Without them, life becomes unbearable and lacks a deeper purpose. They drastically impact our earthly existence, but have an eternal origin – moving with us as future ages unfold.
They can only be given, sustained, and upheld by the Source of all things – our Heavenly Father who graciously and abundantly is the sole provider of each.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” – Revelation 21:4 NLT
“Praise be to the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” – 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 NIV
“Heal me Lord and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” – Jeremiah 17:14 NIV
“Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them; and I will reveal to them an abundance of peace (prosperity, security, stability) and truth.” – Jeremiah 33:6 Amplified Bible
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” – James 1:5 NIV
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” – Hebrews 13:8 NIV
“The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering without hypocrisy.” – James 3:17
Unending Love and Forgiveness
“For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So, live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good, right, and true.” – Ephesians 5:8-9 NLT
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you.” – Jeremiah 31:3 CSB
“I, even I, am the One who wipes out your transgressions for my Own sake and I will not remember your sins.” – Isaiah 43:25
Abundant Grace and Mercy
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!” – Lamentations 2:22-23 ESV
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore, He will rise up to show you compassion.” – Isaiah 30:18
Assured Guidance and Direction
“The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength.” – Isaiah 58:11 NLT
“The Lord says, I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” – Psalm 32:8 NLT
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – Exodus 33:14 NIV
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5 ESV
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.” – Psalm 46:1 BSB
An Eternal Spirit
“The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” – Ephesians 2: 6-7 NIV
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 KJV
Think for a minute about the PRICELESS VALUE of these blessings my friend – available to each of us every day and forever 😊
Think of a kind of comfort that pierces the soul in a way that nothing or nobody else can provide. Think about obtaining wisdom that goes beyond the present moment and sees what is to come. Think about precise guidance and direction for all you face in life or a relationship that never abandons or rejects. Think about a love that always forgives, is unconditional in nature, and gives you grace when you need it most. Think about a life without limits – one that lasts for ages to come.
What about living a life each day with a peace that surpasses all understanding or tender mercies that are new every day? What would life be without these priceless blessings?
The best part is they come to each of us at no cost. We cannot possibly earn them, buy them, or sustain them on our own. They are continually and impartially given if we simply open up our hearts and receive them.
Thank you, God, for these priceless gifts! I pray that each of us see them in a new light this Thanksgiving – giving thanks to a God who is the irreplaceable Source of them all!