So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7
Our family and staff wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Will you join me in thanking the Lord for all that we have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving? Will you choose to make this a special day for you and your loved ones and be thankful in spite of your circumstances?
This Thanksgiving there are many people who are still trying to get to their destination or they are facing difficult weather, so let’s pray for others as we are preparing for our Thanksgiving dinner with family or friends. Let us also remember the reason that we are celebrating Thanksgiving.
My granddaughter was doing her homework at my house Tuesday afternoon as I was writing this devotional. Samantha had to write a paper comparing her Thanksgiving to the Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims had lost almost half of their population their first year in Plymouth Rock. An Indian Tribe taught the colonists about fishing, planting and hunting for their survival for the next winter. The next fall, the Pilgrims reaped a bountiful harvest and they had a three-day feast to celebrate and thank God for supplying their needs. May you and I remember to thank the Lord for all that we have this Thanksgiving.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever. Psalm 30:12
We want to thank the Lord and praise Him for the hearts and lives He is touching and changing as we continue to pray for marriages to be all that God created them to be. There are many couples who are back together and are working through the process of marriage restoration this year which we want to give thanks to the Lord. They may be back together a few months, a year, two or three, and we have marriages that have been home for many years. To God be the glory!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
The secret to marriage restoration is that you and your spouse need to seek and grow in the Lord as you each choose to crucify your sinful nature, choose to forgive each other, forget the past and rebuild your marriage on the solid rock of Jesus Christ. Will you be thankful and be expecting a harvest of seeds that you have sown for marriage restoration?
Do not become weary due to your present problems that you are facing. Praise defeats the enemy. Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 2 Thessalonians 5:16-18. You may be alone today, but keep praying and believing all the promises that the Lord has given to you to keep your eyes on the Lord and His plans for your marriage to be restored possibly today or suddenly!
Luz and Fabian have told you their story to encourage you to never give up regardless of the impossible circumstances. Today is Luz and Fabian’s 4th anniversary and they will be celebrating their Thanksgiving with their family as well as their wedding anniversary! We have been blessed for a couple to be so transparent in sharing their circumstances to others! They do not want anyone to give up on their prodigal spouses! “For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37
I was so blessed to hear from another woman stander who sent me a thank you email as her marriage has been restored. She shared what the Lord has done in her life and marriage with an in-home prodigal. I asked if they would mind me sharing parts of it today. She wrote:
God has restored us and is now using us to glorify Him and help others. We just gave our testimony for the first time to a group training for marriage ministry at our church. (We are training also.) The response was amazing and it touched so many couples and even convicted a few.
I could write 10,000 pages of testimony and praises and healings. After we shared our testimony, I shared with every one about the billboard I saw, “God heals hurting marriages” and found your website and explained how much it helped me. Then I passed out a copy of The Stand!
I am overwhelmed with Thanksgiving for you and your ministry and for what God has done in our marriage and lives! (Texas)
I am sure you will be hearing from this couple in the future and you will be encouraged by their testimony. Everyone who has a marriage resurrected from the dead, reconciled, restored and their love for each other rekindled and reignited in their hearts is a miracle of God’s amazing power, love, mercy and grace. Will you stand strong, choosing to fight the spiritual battle for the Lord to touch both you and your spouse’s hearts and lives?
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17
Our prayer is that today, and throughout this Thanksgiving weekend, our Lord will speak to many spouses and prodigals of all ages to pick up the telephone and call their husband or wife or a parent they have not talked to for a long time. May each of us pray for restoration of marriages around the world and the salvation of many extended loved ones and friends.
May this be a Thanksgiving where angels are rejoicing in Heaven for men and women who are repenting and surrendering their hearts and lives to their Lord and coming back home to their waiting spouses. Happy Thanksgiving!
“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:7
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