The Heart of Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
We’re taking a short break for the rest of this week. We’ll be back next Monday to pick up where we left off in John MacArthur’s Attacking Anxiety series.
But as we pause briefly to celebrate Thanksgiving, it occurred to us that one of the best antidotes for anxiety is a thankful heart. As John wrote yesterday, reflecting on God’s blessing and provision in the past reinforces your confidence in Him to meet your needs in the future.
With that in mind, we want to offer this space for you to publically express what you’re thanking the Lord for this year. Be as specific or general as you like—we simply want to help you think deeply about God’s work in your life, and to share in the encouragement of all He’s accomplishing in and through His people.
And please know how thankful we are for our faithful readers and commenters. It’s a joy and privilege to serve you. God’s richest blessings to you and your family this Thanksgiving.
#1 Posted by
Priscilla Sodhi | Wednesday, November 21, 2012at
Isaiah 61 v 3: ..............the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness: that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that HE might be glorified.
I just love you LORD and thank you for being my LORD and SAVIOUR. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy. WOW.
I have been taught by the LORD to give thanks in "all" things - and I bless HIS holy name.
#2 Posted by
Neal Raile | Wednesday, November 21, 2012at
I thank God for his word, which tells us of Him. To be able say our Father is the greatest blessing anyone could begin to understand. And to grow in grace that glorifies the one that gave it all. I pray that the Holy Spirit will be glorified in the lives of all who are children of God this new year.
#3 Posted by
Tony Armour | Wednesday, November 21, 2012at
I'm thankful that I'm going to heaven and I'm thankful for this website and everyone who runs it. This website is a huge blessing to me as it helps me to understand scripture and grow in my love for the Lord.
God bless you guys and have a joyful Thanksgiving!
#4 Posted by
Margaret Dunn | Wednesday, November 21, 2012at
I am thankful to God for His faithfulness to me. It has been a rough year. I lost my mom to cancer and now my husband is fighting health battles. I have experienced despair and anxiety. But God keeps picking me back up every single day via GTY and my dear Christian friends. I encourage everyone to have a daily walk with our Lord. When trouble comes, it is that walk that carries you through it. When calamity comes, it is too late to make up for praise and prayer and fellowship missed in days past. The older I get, the more I regret youthful days not spent in Christian study. Now I am a sponge for every word. Never think that there is a time in the future when you will get right with God. When calamity comes you will have deep regret for opportunity missed. I am so thankful for God's faithfulness to me even when I was not giving Him my best. And I am ever grateful for GTY.
#5 Posted by
Land Shop | Wednesday, November 21, 2012at
I am thankful for Gods patience to deal with me . pulling me to Him. I am enjoying a more, much more close walk with Jesus now. through the process of more focus. getting rid of otherwise seemingly good efforts,agendas. however now that i am really dedicating my forefront time outside of work and taking care of my wife and kids, to my ultimate heart felt goal of serving my master. putting one foot front of the other .one day at a time. accepting todays blessing without mentally setting up an expectation ,or certain mental visuall expectations on tomorow. as long as i am doing His will. praising Him.
#6 Posted by
Ralphene Hebert | Wednesday, November 21, 2012at
I am thankful for Pastor John MacArthur's teaching of the word.I have learned so much.It has helped me to grow and learn.I am also thankful for my husband to be able to be here for Thanksgiving this year as he has stage four lung cancer and he is God's child.And also thankful for the Lord's patience with me.Thank you Grace to You and your ministry.God Bless you all.
#7 Posted by
Leslie Allebach | Wednesday, November 21, 2012at
This past October, my daughter left for a Bible Institute. There was no indication that there was anything amiss in its teachings and we did do our investigating. However, a week or two in, she started getting nervous. To make a long story short, she ended up coming home last week because of the errant teaching there. I am so thankful for her discernment, for the men in her life she could call for advice on what to do (father, grandfathers, and her uncle, a pastor), and for the solid, biblical teaching of GTY, which has taught our family so much about God's Word. Happy Thanksgiving!
#8 Posted by
Chelsea Anderson | Wednesday, November 21, 2012at
There's an infinite amount of things to be thankful for all year, but I confess that in my wicked flesh I fail miserably to give thanks to God every day, if not weekly, or monthly. Since knowing the REAL Truth of God's word through my husband, John MacArthur, and Grace Community Church in Maryville, Tn, I have been challenged, encouraged, and truly overly blessed with things to be thankful for. I am very thankful for God's saving grace, mercy, sacrificial lamb, and forgiveness. I am thankful that he allowed me to see and know His truth and be saved. I am truly thankful for the gospel that daily leads me to the cross where I find Christ. I'm thankful for sound doctrine and the men of God who lead their families, churches, small groups, etc. I am also thankful for family and friends who I have the opportunity to share the gospel of Christ with and the opportunity God gives me. I'm thankful for a God who has created everything, a God who knows the end and a God whose Word is pure, perfect, and a help in time of need. I'm thankful for the children of God who bring so much comfort, joy, and love, to my life. I'm thankful for the Reformation and the English Bible. I'm thankful that I have everything I need to survive in this world: food, water, clothes, housing. I'm thankful for my WONDERFUL husband, I never dreamed I would have a husband so quick to forgive and love, a husband who acknowledges sin and repents in a timely manner. I'm thankful that God has blessed me with the gift of conceiving. I'm very thankful for accountability to others. I'm thankful for my health; a mind capable of memorizing scripture. I'm thankful for ears to hear, hands to serve, feet to go, a mouth to speak, and a heart to love, but ONLY by God's grace. I'm thankful for Pastor Chris Riser and his amazing wife, the elders of my church, Paul Washer, GTY, those who give financially to make GTY possible to others, and last but surely not least, Pastor Teacher John MacArthur. I'm thankful for wisdom gained by older women and daily reading and meditation on God's Holy Word. Well I have to get to baking Thanksgiving food, these are just a few things I'm thankful for. I can't wait to read everyone else's heart of thankfulness! Have a blessed day in the Lord.
#9 Posted by
Jordan Bushey | Wednesday, November 21, 2012at
My fiancée and I just lost our jobs a month before the marriage.
I'm thankful for knowing that God will provide and will care for his children as He says in scripture.
#10 Posted by
Karen Vanden Bosch | Wednesday, November 21, 2012at
First, I am so thankful that God would save a wretch like me. I'm so unworthy but yet He chose me to be His child. There is no other gift that will ever be more valuable to me. Next I'm thankful for His Sovereignty over my life and as I look back over the years and see His hand over myself, family and friends it just amazes me. God is so good! I'm thankful for my spiritual hero Pastor John Mac Arthur. John you will never know how God used you and your ministry here at gty to minister and to help me grow each day. I look forward every morning to the devotionals and then send them out to others on email and then read the daily bible and listen to a sermon. It is so great to have these tools and to share them with others. These have ministered to my friends also. Thank you for being such a godly Pastor role model. It is so hard to find a Pastor who truly serves, teaches and is holy before our Lord.
Karen Vanden Bosch
#11 Posted by
Kelly Whalen | Wednesday, November 21, 2012at
I am so very thankful to God for His Presence, love and providence.
He has provided me with the most wonderful husband who works so hard and never complains but depends on The Lord to help him. A husband who is a gentle, patient, understanding listener. Jehovah Jirah has truly provided for me and I thank Him sooo much. I pray to be a Proverbs 31 woman to my husband.
#12 Posted by
Thomas Walker | Wednesday, November 21, 2012at
Perhaps the least expressed by me and others, yet the most profound thing I am thankful for is the Holy Spirit. It's the closest thing to having Jesus himself by my side everyday. Just to type that and think about having Jesus with me all the time is just huge. I cannot afford to worry and fret about the state of the nation and economy with that kind of reality IN ME. It's just too amazing, not to exalt, exult and totally thrill to the max just thinking about it. Got to go sing a song of praise right now after typing this. GOD IS SO GOOD. Thank you Jesus for sending your SPIRIT to live in me.
#13 Posted by
Paul Dupuis | Wednesday, November 21, 2012at
Thank you God (Psalm 100)! Truly God is good and does good. The Lord is so faithful, why should we ever doubt Him in times of trial. Oh how wretched my heart is to have such little faith, and how amazingly gracious and merciful is the Lord to His children. Truly the cup of blessings in my family overflows from heaven.
I am so thankful to God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ and His inexpressible gifts of salvation. How great is our God!
My family and I want to express our thankfulness for the many years of clear teaching that has blessed our family immensely.
May the Lord richly bless you Pastor John MacArthur and all your staff at GTY.
#14 Posted by
Patty Eiden | Wednesday, November 21, 2012at
I thank God for who He is, and for His Unfailing, Eternal Love for me that is beyond my comprehension; for adopting me as His daughter, calling me out of darkness to walk in newness of life; for sending His Son who He loves to live the perfect obedient life I could never live, and to die the death I deserve; that Christ bore the guilt, shame and punishment for my sin, and I got His righteousness; for raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand, living to intercede for me; for His Promise to return and reverse the effects of the curse; for a new heaven and new earth, with no more sin, mourning or pain; for His Spirit Who lives in me, convincing me, convicting me, comforting me, reminding me of the Truth of the Gospel, and enabling me to live the life He has called me to; for His Grace that saved me and teaches me to say no to ungodliness; that He is Sovereign over every detail of my life and is working through it all for my good and His Glory; for the transforming power of His Word that is like a bottomless well of treasure; that He is faithful in all He does and all His ways are just; for surrounding me with sisters and brothers in Christ who continue to point me to Him; that this is not my eternal home, as I am a citizen of Heaven; that nothing is impossible for Him; that I am chosen, accepted, redeemed, forgiven, and nothing can separate me from His love; that my joy is not in my circumstances but in the hope and satisfaction that can only be found in Christ; and last but not least for faithful preachers and teachers of God 's Word who are obedient to the call to feed His sheep so that we may grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus, just to name a few...thank you for your faithfulness in proclaiming the he Gospel! I thank God for you!
#15 Posted by
Barbara Hilenski | Wednesday, November 21, 2012at
Thanks to The Lord That He took I and My Husband from Dead corpes in our sin to Born again people Thank Him For His Son In whom we are Forgiven and Transforming us every day even if it doesnt seem like it, we are Learning about eternal secruity from John MacArthur and Other Healthy Bible teachers, We Are what the Bible calls Orphans In The Book Of James , We have 7 children and were Beat to A pulp when we were children Have had alot of false teaching In the Start of our christian Pilgramege But The Lord In His Mercy and Caring through His Provendence And His Power Keep Us Going even now there are Great Odds against us especally throught the Last 4 years , My Husband Is a born again Man Just a couple or years ago weve been married 23 years and is a truck driver I stay at home with our children we only have 3 at home now , Please pray for us We dont have a church family right now WE have been in this area a long time and This Is barren Here so we just keep to ourselves , My Name Is Barbara We are Saints Who are Learning about His amazing Love For Me as well as My Young husband Were are Just Thanking Him and Pastor John who has Mentiored Me from Calif, May The Lords People truly be Grateful every day GoD In His Care Barbara Hilenski
#16 Posted by
Laura Barnett | Thursday, November 22, 2012at
I am thankful for my God, my Heavenly Father, who loved even me to send His only begotten Son--my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ--to be offered once for all to them that do no more or no less than believe on His name. I am thankful for the Holy Spirit, my Teacher, illuminating the Word of God so that I may learn to walk as Christ walked and in doing so, be a Christ-like influence to others. God has truly blessed my family and me exceeding abundantly more than we could have ever ask or think--and for that I am eternally grateful to Him. I am also thankful for the song in my heart--that even the holy angels cannot sing. Oh, how He loves you and me.
1 Corinthians 2:10
1 John 2:3-6
1 John 4:19
#17 Posted by
Jodi Denning | Thursday, November 22, 2012at
First on my list of things I am thankful for is for my salvation through Jesus Christ. Our Lord provides so many blessings, but one of my biggest over the last two years has been the privlege and opportunity to go into our county jail and teach Bible studies two nights a week to the women there. It has been one of the biggest blessings of my life. I am learning that you don't get to see God's power until you are willing to step out in obedience and faith to do something that you know you can't do on your own.
I am also thankful for GTY and the truthful, grounded teaching provided through this ministry. It has been a significant factor in my family's spiritual growth, and we are so grateful.
May you all have a blessed and deeply thankful Thanksgiving!
#18 Posted by
Blaine Simons | Thursday, November 22, 2012at
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#19 Posted by
Lisa Teel | Thursday, November 22, 2012at
Thankful for God's faithfulness and that he provided us a Savior. The gift of Jesus righteousness in exchange for our sin's was the best gift he could give. Grateful for the gift of the Holy Spirit's constant comfort and counseling. God is so good!!!
Psalm 34 Let us exalt his name together, forever. I sought the Lord, he heard me and delivered me from all my fears.
#20 Posted by
Jeremy K | Thursday, November 22, 2012at
My mother suffers schizophrenia. As I was growing up I got to witness all the tragic manifestations of that. The whole thing ended with her taking out a family member in an episode of psychosis where she believed she seen the devil and that the devil was in cahoots with the person she killed. She spent the next decade in an asylum for that act.
In the process of traveling interstate and visiting her one day I was escorted into a room by the head Dr. Being only 18 at the time, he told me that my chances of ending up with my mother’s illness were 1 in 10. I was already dealing with massive issues with anxiety in regards to that matter so hearing that tripled my worry. To add to it, it wasn't just what was said, it was how it was said – I'm certain the guy got something joyful out of it, was just one of those things where you had to be there to believe it.
For me it was a moment similar to chief Brody’s in Jaws in that scene on the beach where he sees the shark attack the boy on the air-matress and the camera pans in for a fast close up of his face. That was the lowest point of my life, I was completely empty and without any hope. I remember being back at my hotel and walking around outside and there was this young boy there I walked past who had Down syndrome, he said hello but I didn't even have the energy to respond.
That was all 18 years ago now. I've since been a follower of Christ. And I never developed my mother illness. So the truth is I can’t thank God enough for pulling me out of the depths of abject despair and from the very lowest of low points where all hope seemed lost. What an amazing gift it is to know the truth. And I can echo the sentiments of others here who are extremely thankful for this blessed ministry.
#21 Posted by
Dennis Bishop | Thursday, November 22, 2012at
I am thankful for the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, for without Him we can do nothing. I am grateful to Pastor John MacArthur and his in depth teaching of the word. Finally someone who is articulate, knowledgeable and loves the Lord with all his heart. Thank you.
I want to thank the Lord for all blessing in my life and never let any of us take them for granite. Let us give God the glory in all we do and look for that blessed hope that is to come. Amen
#22 Posted by
Russ Rhodes | Sunday, November 25, 2012at
I am so thankful that Jesus gave his life so that I could be forgiven. Without forgiveness, I would be doomed. I need his forgivness on a daily basis and I am so thankful that God freely gives it. Praise His holy name!
#23 Posted by
Lauri Livingston | Sunday, November 25, 2012at
I am thankful for all the Good and the Bad that God has allowed in my life. Through it all I've gained a deeper understanding and fellowship with my God. I've come to understand that they, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are always with me. I'm NEVER alone though I might feel that I am.
I'm thankful for family and friends that God has given me, for the joy of my farm and watching new life emerge, for the joy of looking at a clear blue sky or the deep bright night sky with moon and stars displayed.
I'm thankful for my Bible which has guided me and the teachers God has directed me to and who have the Biblical soundness of teaching that HE requires. Men who understand the importance of their calling and who are not afraid to follow that calling.
I'm thankful for this chance to let others know just how much my Abba Father means to me. I thank Jesus for dying for my sins and for the Holy Spirit to guide and teach me and show "me" how to daily gain victory over my temptations and trials.
To God be the Glory! Lord I await your coming and the time we will be with you in the New Heaven and New Earth. Amen!
#24 Posted by
Jackie Starling | Sunday, November 25, 2012at
To Barbara Helinski, concerning finding a church in your area. Go to the website at Bible Bulletinboard. It is a good resource.