Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His faithfulness is everlasting. Give thanks to the God of gods, For His faithfulness is everlasting. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, For His faithfulness is everlasting. To Him who alone does great wonders, For His faithfulness is everlasting;

Psalms 136:1-4

With another Thanksgiving having just passed by, I was blessed to be able to spend some meaningful time with my family as well as reflect on all that God has done in my life. As I did so, I began to see my life as one big string of continual blessings and I realized I have much to be thankful for that I regularly take for granted.

I am thankful that before I was born, God guided my mom away from an abortion clinic back home where she met and married my dad, who adopted me and raised me as his own son. I am thankful that He then called my parents to Himself and they turned their lives toward following Christ and raised me to love Him and His Word. I’m thankful that He saved me at a young age and has never failed to faithfully lead me back to Himself when I begin to drift. I thank God that he blessed me with a grandfather who intentionally spoke Biblical truth into his grandkids every time he had the opportunity and gave me an example of what it means to bury yourself in the Word and stand firm in your faith.

I am thankful that God gave me a love for dancing, which led me to sign up for a dance class where I met my bride-to-be. I’m thankful that He has used her strong and courageous spirit to hold me accountable and help mold me into the man and husband He’s called me to be. I’m thankful for the three wonderful children He’s blessed us with. I’m thankful for the fifteen-plus years that He’s given me with her and pray that He continues to be the most important part of our marriage into the future.

I’m thankful for the church family He’s brought into our lives and continues to use to edify and strengthen us. Through them, we are challenged to step out of our comfort zone and put others before ourselves while also digging deeper into the Word and our faith.

These are just a few of the ways God has blessed me and I continue to be amazed by His faithfulness through all the trials life brings. I know that no matter what He has in store for me, He is faithful and I can trust in the hope of His promises, even through the hardest struggles.

Don’t forget to reflect on all the amazing things God has done in your life. Having an attitude of thankfullness is the best way to combat anxiety and doubt. It’s hard to remember the hard things when you begin to look at all that God has done for you. That is Biblical hope, putting your trust in the One who has accomplished all of the things that have brought you to where you are now. Knowing this you can rest in the assurance that He’s not going to fail you as you strive to follow Him.