A Merry Thanksmas!

Photo by Georgia Pointer

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15

We are one day past Thanksgiving Day (I hope yours was a happy one) and now we begin the Christmas season. I know you have heard the complaints about folks who tread on the face of Thanksgiving in the mad rush toward Christmas.

I ask you, why do the two holidays have to be mutually exclusive? Did the coming of Christ not usher in a whole list of new reasons for gratitude? Salvation, identity, power, and eternal security are just the tip of the mountain of gifts lavished on us by the Good, Good Father. How can anything stifle the giving of thanks in the face of all that the coming of the Christ Child ushered in for us? The challenge lies in being intentional about itemizing each blessing of Christ’s birth during this busy season.

I challenge you, My Friends, throughout this season to engage in the rich exercise of thankful enumeration of what the birth of Jesus means for your life and your future. Reflect while you drive. Ruminate while standing in line. Meditate on it while you bake. When you feel you have exhausted your list, you will have only scratched the surface. Ask the Father to open your eyes to see even more; He will gladly do it! The result cannot help but be a cornucopia of praise, worship, and gratitude, and celebration. It will be a happy blend of Thanksgiving and Christmas: a merry Thanksmas!

PS. I would love to hear your reflections as they come to you. It’s always more fun when we do it together. I will share mine in the comments throughout this season and I invite you to join me!

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Welcome to Encouragement Outpost! My name is Dr. Georgia Pointer, a Christian writer who loves encouraging people in their relationship with Christ. I am a survivor of childhood rape and molestation, bullying, and emotional abuse. Negative thought patterns plagued me for many years until I learned to allow Christ and His Word to encourage and transform those thoughts. This background provides me with a passion to offer the same encouragement to anyone, not just abuse survivors, with the light of biblical truth that shines against the darkness of negativity, lies of the enemy, and daily struggles in living for Christ. I am a seminary graduate with a Masters in Christian Education. I also recently received my doctorate in Christian Counseling with a specialty in Family and Substance Abuse counseling. I served on staff for six years as a counselor at Moriah House of the Memphis Union Mission. I love the Word of God! I love studying it, teaching it, and speaking in public about it any chance I get. This blog, which I post about once a week, is my venue to share insights I glean. So, I invite you to subscribe to receive my weekly posts in your email and to share these posts with anyone you think might be encouraged by them.

2 thoughts on “A Merry Thanksmas!

  1. Jesus died on the cross for my sins, everyone’s sins. None of us deserves His love, but it is freely given to us. Oh how He has blessed my life!! The moment I decided to truly open my eyes and heart to Him, I saw life so much different. With peace, joy, and love. I was stuck on myself for most of my life. I neglected to see I had life ONLY because of Him. I remember saying I dont want to make friends with other addicts. I was scared. I didnt know how to have healthy boundaries, much less what it meant to truly love another soul. God has opened my heart. He has given me a new renewed spirit. I still have so much more I need to work on within myself, but, even through my flaws, He loves me. I see Jesus through my son so much. His loving and caring heart is like no other. My mother is sober, going on her 3rd month!!! Praise be to Him. Restoration within my family relationships is just amazing. I could write a book on the ways God has changed my outlook on life, love, peace, etc. I love reading these inspirational words. Thank you for this.

    1. Wow, Rheann! Thank you so much for sharing this and I rejoice with you at the mighty work of God in your life and in your family. It gives me hope as I await the Lord to do the impossible. Love you!

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