Thanks to the One!

Time to give THANKS to the one who created us and has given us everything!  “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!  His faithful love endures forever.”  (Psalm 106:1Psalm 107:1, Psalm 118:1, Psalm 136:1, 1 Chronicles 16:34)

I am constantly reminded of how good God is through the good and the bad.  Today, I am thankful for too much to list and give credit to all deserving.  What I am sure of is that God is the provider of all blessings as our Creator.  He has given numerous gifts that can be only through His love and power.  Primarily I am thankful for the way God has used my family and friends to encourage and support me in my journey.  As the journey continues I hope to also be a blessing to others and that is my prayer today, “God use me to be an example of your love and grace that helps remind others of your abundant blessing.”

I started off my day preparing “thank you” notes and gifts for some great people and I just love that today reminds us how empowering giving thanks is for ourselves and others.  Then I continued onto my 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Mountain Bike Adventure.  I find time riding as great time to connect with God and be in His presence in His creation.  I traveled to a new site, 

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I was the only one out on the “singletrack” today and it a beautiful ride with a mix of dirt and snow.  Over the past few years I have enjoyed starting the day off in quiet time with God while exercising and soaking in His creation.  There were a number of challenging hills and turns, which provided humbling encounters today.  I am so grateful for the passion of adventure and exploring.  It is impossible to deny how great God is when you see what these eyes saw this morning.  Here are a couple examples:

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Today as we spend time with God, family and friends, let us be reminded that when we have more than we need that there are others around us in need of some of which we have.  What will we share?  In our Faith and Trust, will we take a step provide for others.  A new tradition of serving others begins tonight as I head to Lutheran Church of Hope to package meals for Meals from the Heartland.  A prayer to close, “Lord, thank you for all you have given to me.  May our work packaging meals today provide nourishment to those in need and may those in need receive this provision as an example of your Love for them!  Through these meals may your name become know!  Amen.”  Thank you God for this day and every day, for the current blessings and future blessings!  You are the ONE to be Thankful for!

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