A Time For Giving Thanks

November 23, 2017
by Parise Arakelian

The national holiday for giving thanks in the United States of America is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. This custom stems from the three-day thanksgiving feast held in the autumn of 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (NKJV)

Giving thanks in everything has taken on new significance for me in the past year, as my life has changed with the inability to walk. This status has resulted in the advancement of my prayer life to an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, my Saviour and Lord.

My prayers may go from requesting daily guidance as to what I say to others, to leading me to those to whom I will speak, while thanking Him for His carrying out these requests.

Then, there are times when I am distraught by the many seemingly overwhelming physical changes that progress as one ages. I fervently ask God for His comfort and peace, which He faithfully provides. It is so amazing to experience how I have become more effective in interfacing with others. Praise God!

Consider this: how often do we thank God for His blessings? We are encouraged to pray without ceasing. A regular time for giving thanks will make a difference in developing a more intimate relationship with God through prayer.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we come to You with thanksgiving and praise for the many powerful blessings that You have given us. Forgive us for those times when we don't thank You enough. Help us to redirect our eyes and our hearts on You afresh. Renew our spirits, and fill us with Your love and peace. We love You and give You all the praise and glory, for You alone are worthy. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Parise Arakelian <parisesings@roadrunner.com>

Arcadia, California, USA


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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Happy thanksgiving friend!!


    May God bless and continue to use you Parise.


    Lovely message Parise. Happy Thanksgiving my friend.


    Yes, Parise, by all means let’s give thanks and praise the Lord Jesus Christ! Blessings.


    Thank you for your devotional. So thankful you are seeing God’s hand in your life as you talk to others.


    Dear Parise,
    What a beautiful Thanksgiving testimony and answer to prayer! I am so thankful to see you’re writing again for the glory of God! You are a blessing to many.


    I too have physical challenges but the best times I have with the Lord is when I am stressed out and thank Him, for all my blessings.
    Thanks for the reminder of how important it is to do it!


    Thank you so much for your devotional today. May God continue to bless you with prayers and words to reach out to others. I am going to send this devotional to my brother-in-law who has just been diagnosed with ALS and is having great difficulty in walking. God Bless.


    Thank-you Paris for this insight. Yes, “pray without ceasing” is a constant reminder of the Father’s availability for communication any hour of the day. What a privilege!
    Blessings on your Thanksgiving Day!
    (Ontario)


    Parise,
    Thank you for sharing. You are a powerful prayer warrior and it sounds as if God is promoting you once again in that area, God is good all the time. Thanks for reminding us to include a “thank you” as we pray.
    Blessings.


    Dear Parise!
    Thank you for TIME FOR GIVING THANKS!
    Is not God more than we can define or comprehend?
    Not able to walk but spiritually running your field in the race.
    God bless you! Amen!


    We who receive this also thank God for people like you who lead us into greater devotion through thankfulness. It certainly is true that our relationship with the Lord changes somewhat as we spend more time in His presence, and as we begin to recognize all the blessings He has heaped upon His people. May that spirit within you lift you to even higher places in His wonderful Presence. Blessings on you.


    Dear Parise,
    May God grant you health and happiness.
    Thank you for your devotional of praise. I need such a reminder.
    Keep writing. I pray for continued inspiration for you and for me. God is ever-giving.
    Let us receive.
    For Jesus, sake.


    Thank you for your beautiful and inspirational meditation this morning. I was led by the Lord to a Canadian man whom I deeply loved and we were married many years ago. My loving thoughts are with all of you in the United States on this Thanksgiving Day. My prayer is for God to guide in your leadership of the free world. Your prayer is especially meaningful to me. God Bless You and please continue to contribute to the Devotionals. My husband and I had many years of happiness until he went home to be with Jesus.


    Well as Woody Allen said one time “I am not afraid of being dead I just do not want to be there when it happens.” That is the part of old age we do not like — the falling apart, the disability, etc. A friend would say to me before she died at 92 this is the part we said I did not want. For some reason not many of us escape.
    I wish you well I am getting around but with difficulty am so lucky my husband can cook I pay the bills. He also takes pictures of morning sunrise if he is lucky sunsets too both they go so fast got a beautiful one this am.


    Dear Parise
    So nice to hear from you again. It is true, as we get older there are new aches and pains to be found and there are times when I don’t feel like doing anything, including writing. I pray that you will continue to manage your present situation. Giving thanks is easily done when I am feeling well, harder at other times. I’m thankful for every gift of a morning, I am thankful that I can still drive, I am thankful that I can look after my husband, I am thankful that I am able to look after things for both of us and it goes on … living with a thankful attitude is truly the way to face the day.


    Thank you, Parise. This is a very good reading for me to start my day. Blessings.


    Hi Parise,
    Thank you for your devotional. We do indeed have many things to be thankful for and we certainly don’t thank Him enough. May we all get closer to Him through prayer.
    Blessings.


    Parise,
    Your devotional on Thanksgiving brought several things to my mind. The most important is that I start each day in my prayer thanking God for all he has created for us to enjoy. Thinking first about family, present then ones who have gone home via our memories. Then make sure I thank our Heavenly Father for his gift…His son Christ Jesus.
    Oh, so many things to be thankful for.
    Parise, you hit the “nail” on the head. Continue writing what God inspires you to say.

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