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Countdown to Thanksgiving

“Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains”. Psalm 147:7-8

This November Facebook is abuzz with “3o Days of Thanksgiving”. Many Christians post one gratitude note everyday. Some “thank-you’s” are big ticket items, while others are the recognition of small everyday blessings. And then there are some who thank God for ‘blessings in disguise’: lost jobs, financial struggle, health issues – all those things that test our faith, build up your trust, and make our hearts seek God with new eagerness.

“Gratitude is our ability to see the grace of God, morning by morning, no matter what else greets us in the course of the day”. ~ Craig Barnes

Whatever our situation is today – or any day – a grateful heart is the attitude we are called to as the redeemed children of God.

  • “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV).
  • “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!” Psalm 50:23.
  • “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” Hebrew 13:15.

We learn about thanksgiving every day as we wake up to a new dawn, have a morning cup of coffee, enjoy food on our table, hear our children’s voices, see our loved ones, get a phone call from a friend, watch the sunset, kiss our spouses good-night. There are things we might be missing. There are circumstances we wished be different. Yet none of that can or should diminish our gratitude to God for all what we do have: our life, His constant presence, protection, and provision.

“You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled”. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Our family had a good year. We stayed very busy with our three kids: homework, swim classes, field trips, AWANA. One of the biggest highlights of the year was our summer vacation to Virginia Beach along with Oksana’s sister and her son, who came to visit us for a month.

Our children are a constant reminder of God’s special mercy and His blessings. Each one of them is a gift from above. Their little hearts full of wonder and love, their eager minds hungry for truth, their arms outstretched toward us. We delight in our precious gems every day. What a blessing to be a Mom and a Dad!

With the headlines telling us that the world is falling apart all around, we thank God for His faithfulness and hold on to His everlasting promise:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

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What are you thankful for today?
Have you had any ‘blessings in disguise’ lately?

Please share with us in the comments.

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“Thus far the LORD has helped us”

Finally! Our cross-country move is now officially over. Kids and Oksana flew in to VA, Illy drove the van (and was able to cover the 2,500+ mile distance in 48 hours!). And after two weeks of anticipation, the moving truck finally brought in our things early Sunday morning. We have even managed to get Virginia license and registration by now!

We are grateful to God for being our Stone of Help during this time. The past two weeks have been quite interesting, to say the least. Relocating the family of five is not an easy task. It certainly was an adventure to try and sleep six people (we had help from a close friend) in an empty house while our furniture was en route. It feels good to be able to finally enjoy our beds :) Certainly puts things in perspective…

Just a day before the truck arrived, our youngest son Matthew got very sick with high and persistent fever and strong pains. Until Monday morning we had the craziest of time, trying to figure out what was wrong with him, while combating his fever out of fear of febrile seizures. Although now we know that he has a rather common virus of hand-foot-and-mouth disease, it doesn’t make things much easier on Matthew as the sores in his mouth are so painful that he can’t eat, drink, or sleep. We thank all our Facebook friends who have kept Matthew and us in prayers during this time. Today we even managed to open and sort some (!) of the boxes… As for Matthew, he has been fever free  for the last 24 hours, – praise God!! We still ask for your prayers about the fast recovery for him, so his pain is relieved.

On a separate note, Oksana has already met with her old manager in a local store, and he might be able to offer her a full time position. Illya is seeking a way to get a teaching position in one of the nearby colleges. We would greatly appreciate your prayers for our employment as well.

Overall, we are grateful to have a permanent place of residence in Virginia, and for all the wonderful things God has prepared for us here but not have revealed them yet. He has always been faithful and good to us, and we praise His name!..

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