The year is over and you’re heading home soon. You might not have ticked everything off your bucket-list, but at least the exams are over. Surely there’s something to thankful for?

Thank you doesn’t seem like a very big word, but it sure is important.
It seems like a simple thing, something we always say.

But do we?

Sure I always remember to say it when I receive a gift, or to the lady behind the till at the local shop, but do I remember to say it to God?

We have so much to be thankful for, and speaking it out loud reminds us of his goodness. At STC we regularly speak out our thanksgivings, and even on tough days we hear how God is moving and the testimony of his love.

Our thankfulness increases faith and hope. We can see all that God has done and is doing for us.

Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

We can thank Him for who He is, and call out the names of God over our lives – Father – Provider – Counsellor – Saviour.

Instead of accepting the words of the world, like “that’s not going to happen” or “you need to be more realistic”, let’s put our trust and faith in God by saying Thank You. We’re choosing adoration over circumstance.

So how can we be thankful?
Try writing a list – What are the good things in your life? What are you grateful for?
Look around you – What makes you smile right now?
Speak it out – Where has God been before you?

Lord, let our faith be larger than life – that people can see there’s something different about who we are, what we do, and how we hope for a future brighter than we thought imaginable. Help us to be thankful for all we have, where we are, our safety, your protection, your provision, and the power of your Holy Spirit.

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