Thanksgiving Family Fun

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Looking for something fun to do with your family this Thanksgiving? Check these ideas!

  • Watch a Thanksgiving parade together on tv.
  • Watch the first Christmas movie of the year.
  • Challenge your family to a game of Thanksgiving trivia! Click here for some trivia questions to get you started!
  • Listen to Christmas music as you start decorating the house for Christmas.
  • During the first Thanksgiving celebration, the Pilgrims and Indians challenged each other to various games and competitions. Follow this tradition by playing some board games with your family this Thanksgiving!
  • After Thanksgiving dinner, go around the table, and each share one of your favorite holiday memories!
  • Check out a book from the library, or look up some info online, and read about the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Indians.

Which of these things will you do with your family this Thanksgiving?

From http://generationarise.com/thanksgiving-family-fun/.

Linking this post up with Thriving Thursdays at Serving Joyfully.

Shout For Joy

Shout For JoyThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalm 100:1-2. These verses say to shout for joy to the Lord, worship Him with gladness, and come before Him with songs of joy.

Our God is a good God. He is the giver of every good and perfect gift in our lives (James 1:17). He sent His Son to save us. His grace is far greater than our mistakes (Romans 5:20). His love for us is unconditional.

Doesn’t all of this make you want to give thanks to Him? Worship is our response to God’s goodness, love, and grace. When we know who He is, and what He has done for us, it causes us to desire to praise Him!

Let’s shout for joy to the Lord, rejoicing in His amazing grace and unconditional love. Let’s worship Him with gladness, giving thanks for all He has done for us. Let’s come before Him with songs of joy, praising Him for who He is as our Heavenly Father!

He Gave His Life So You Could Be Free

He Gave His Life So You Could Be Free

Yesterday was Memorial Day – a day devoted to honoring those who have fought for our country, and given their lives for our freedom. Just as on Memorial Day, we remember those who have laid down their lives in our defense, so should we remember and give thanks to the One who laid down His life for us at the cross, each and every day.

We all have sinned (Romans 3:23), and the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). In and of ourselves, not one of us are righteous (Romans 3:10). We can do nothing to save ourselves. Jesus knew this. He knew that the only way for us to have eternal life was for Him to come and give His life for us. He did so willingly. He demonstrated the greatest form of love in taking our sins upon Himself, and dying for us at the cross (John 15:13).

In His death and resurrection, He won the battle over the devil once and for all. He has disarmed principalities and powers, triumphing over them by the cross (Colossians 2:15). The enemy has no more power over us, for we have been translated from his kingdom into the kingdom of God’s own Son (Colossians 1:13). Our adversary, the devil, truly has been defeated!

Because he has been defeated, our freedom is secure. It is found in Jesus, and His finished work. He paid the price to set us free from every addiction, every fear, every anxiety, every bondage, and every chain. What He has done is far more powerful than the lies and deceit of the devil. If the Son has made us free, then we truly are free indeed (John 8:36)!

Let’s remember and give thanks for our Savior, who gave His life for our freedom, on a daily basis. Because of Him, the devil has been defeated, and we have been set free. Know this, and begin to walk in the freedom He has purchased for you by giving His life at the cross!

A Heart of Gratitude – Day Eleven

A Heart of Gratitude - Day Eleven“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the
Lord, so walk in Him, having
been firmly rooted and now
being built up in Him and established in your faith,
just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” Colossians 2:6-7, NASB

When receiving Jesus as our Savior, we take the first and most important step down a path that leads to a whole new way of life. Just as we have accepted Christ, so are we to live in Him. As we grow in our walk with Him, we will begin to comprehend to a greater extent the magnitude of all that He has done for us. Our increased knowledge of what He accomplished on our behalf will kindle in us a fervent sense of gratitude, and overwhelming thankfulness to the One who gave His only Son to save us.

What’s the meaning of Christ’s finished work at the cross? What did it accomplish for us? How does His great sacrifice affect our lives today? In answer to such questions, it’s sometimes easy for us to spout off phrases we’ve heard tossed around in Christian culture, but do we really understand what these phrases mean? How often do we simply open the Bible for ourselves, asking – as the apostle Paul did for those at the church in Ephesus – to be given a spirit of wisdom and revelation, that we may come to know God better (Ephesians 1:17)?

God wants to reveal Himself to us more and more each day. He desires for us to move beyond religion, and engage in a personal relationship with Him. He wants to reveal to us His abundant grace, and the gift of righteousness that He has given us, through which we can reign in life (Romans 5:17). He wishes us to understand that we have been made right with Him through faith in His Son (Romans 3:24) – that we are new creations in Christ
(2 Corinthians 5:17). He wants to make known to us the greatest exchange in all of history – how at the cross, Jesus took our sins upon Himself, and gave us His place of righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). He wants to show us that because of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, we have now entered the new covenant of His grace, under which He no longer remembers our sins (Hebrews 8:12). God desires to reveal to us all of these truths concerning Christ’s finished work, and many, many more.

As we grow in Christ, and begin to comprehend to a fuller extent all that He has accomplished for us, we will experience an increase of gratitude towards the One who loves us so. We will give thanks to Him for all that He’s done for us, and His wonderful grace and mercy to us. We will overflow with thankfulness towards the King, who is most worthy of our highest praise!

What has God been revealing to you concerning all that His Son has accomplished for you? Comment below to share what God has been showing you!

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.” 

The Daily Thankfulness Challenge

The Daily Thankfulness Challenge“For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done,
I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.” Psalm 92:4, NASB

Today is November 1 – the first day of the month in which Thanksgiving falls. It’s the time of year associated with being grateful and counting our blessings. Most of all, this season of gratitude is good reminder to take the time to stop and thank God for all that He does for us.

He is our loving Heavenly Father, who provides many good gifts for us to enjoy, such as health (Isaiah 53:5), prosperity (John 10:10), peace (John 14:27), joy (Isaiah 51:11), and long life (Psalm 91:6). Greatest of all, He’s given us the gift of the forgiveness of all our sins (Psalm 103:2), and a relationship with Him. If we stop and look, we can see His provision in each of our lives on a daily basis – both in bigger, more dramatic ways, as well as smaller ones we tend to overlook. Let’s begin to find those ways in which He works in our lives, and give thanks to Him on a daily basis.

I challenge you to start doing so today. Each day between now and Thanksgiving Day (November 28), think of one thing for which you are thankful, and make it a point to thank God for it. To interact with others who are doing the same thing, join Called and Created’s Facebook event entitled The Daily Thankfulness Challenge at http://www.facebook.com/events/444777925630744/. (While you’re there, feel free to like Called and Created’s Facebook Page to receive further site updates.)

Let’s see how many things we can thank God for in the next few weeks!

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.”