Day 6 of Thanksgiving is on TOOLS:
~On day 6 I am thankful for tools. The tools I speak of are not the ones we use daily to build things or fix things; but to either provide for us or to ease the pain during the trials we go through. Currently I asked for prayers for my back. I was overwhelmed with the response and love all of you for taking the time to lift me up in your prayers. God revealed to me that he is the ultimate physician, however, as I wait for his timing He will provide tools for me to ease the pain. A few things I am trying and all of these things I am using collectively is making a difference and allowing me to have some comfort.
*OF COURSE PRAYERS
~God also gives us tools to help us battle these trials that we go through.. I found a great website that says it best.. (BELOW)
2 Thessalonians 1:2-12 MSG
"2 Our God gives you everything you need, makes you everything you're to be.
3 You need to know, friends, that thanking God over and over for you is not only a pleasure; it's a must. We have to do it. Your faith is growing phenomenally; your love for each other is developing wonderfully. Why, it's only right that we give thanks.
4 We're so proud of you; you're so steady and determined in your faith despite all the hard times that have come down on you. We tell everyone we meet in the churches all about you.
5 All this trouble is a clear sign that God has decided to make you fit for the kingdom. You're suffering now,
6 but justice is on the way. When the Master Jesus appears out of heaven in a blaze of fire with his strong angels, he'll even up the score by settling accounts with those who gave you such a bad time.
7 His coming will be the break we've been waiting for.
8 Those who refuse to know God and refuse to obey the Message will pay for what they've done.
9 Eternal exile from the presence of the Master and his splendid power is their sentence.
10But on that very same day when he comes, he will be exalted by his followers and celebrated by all who believe - and all because you believed what we told you.
11 Because we know that this extraordinary day is just ahead, we pray for you all the time - pray that our God will make you fit for what he's called you to be, pray that he'll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something.
12 If your life honors the name of Jesus, he will honor you. Grace is behind and through all of this, our God giving himself freely, the Master, Jesus Christ, giving himself freely."
"There are five basic tools that God has given us to cope with difficulty situations: prayer, Bible study, fasting, meditation and fellowship. All these tools can be used in a constructive manner toward success. The following are just some of the ways that these tools can be applied in your life"
Tool #1: prayer
God sees all and knows what’s going on in our life. We don’t pray to Him to let Him know what’s going on in our lives, but to build a relationship with Him. It’s also important to remember that God wants us to ask Him for the things we need in life. In Matthew 7:7-8 Jesus encourages, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
Tool #2: Bible study
Perhaps the reason we’re going through a certain trial is because there’s something God wants us to learn or something we need to change in our lives.
Tool #3: fasting
Some trials can’t be solved by prayer alone, but require a greater sacrifice on our part. The attitude necessary for effective fasting is explained by God in Isaiah 58:3-12. If our focus is on others instead of ourselves, “then you shall call, and the LORD will answer” (verse 9).
Tool #4: meditation
Often during a trial we become so stressed and worried about the situation that we forget to just stop, take a deep breath and a good look at the situation. When we meditate on God’s Word and apply it to our situation, many times we can find the answer is right in front of our nose.
Tool #5: fellowship
Iron sharpens iron, so why not talk with your close fellow brethren about an issue they may have insight on? Hebrews 10:24-25 emphasizes the necessity of spending time with the rest of God’s people. Perhaps they have advice for you; or perhaps they can pray, maybe even fast, for you. Simply being around other members can take a load off your shoulders.
So you see, trials are beneficial, whether we feel it when going through one or not. Trials will help us grow in godly character if we learn to use the tools our Father has provided us to have successful lives. We go through trials because God loves us. He wants us to come to Him and put our trust and problems in His hands.
Day 7 of Thanksgiving is P.O.P........................
~I am Thankful for the Power of Prayer. It has gotten me through such tough times. It has helped me when I have been on "mountain tops". It has helped me when I have been "in the valley". It has shown me how to shut up and not speak in certain situations. It has fight battles for me that I couldn't have imagined fighting on my own. It has reconciled our marriage. It has helped transformed my mind. It is powerful & effective......
"The Word of God is full of accounts describing the power of prayer in various situations. The power of prayer has overcome enemies (Psalm 6:9-10), conquered death (2 Kings 4:3-36), brought healing (James 5:14-15), and defeated demons (Mark 9:29). God, through prayer, opens eyes, changes hearts, heals wounds, and grants wisdom (James 1:5). The power of prayer should never be underestimated because it draws on the glory and might of the infinitely powerful God of the universe! Daniel 4:35 proclaims, "All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: 'What have you done?'"