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671st -- The Greatest Thanksgiving


It is God's written law that whatever we do for others, it will also be 
done for us. We will reap exactly what we sow and when we take the time to
show our love towards those who are in need, we should expect the Lord to
see our deeds and repay us in kind. We shouldn’t do good deeds simply 
because we seek a reward from the Lord, but rather we are to bless others
because when we do, our hearts become filled with joy and an overfilling of
love that God instills in us. (Luke 6:31) (Matthew 19:29-30) (Matthew 10:7-8)

There is no greater satisfaction in life than to be able to bless someone
else and help them to become better than they were before. The infilling
of joy that we receive far outweighs the sacrifice that was made. Take me
at my word and do something good for someone else. Then see how it feels 
when you know you were used by the Lord to make someone else's life better. 
(1 Chronicles 4:10) (Isaiah 6:8)

I hope this message ministers to your heart to go the extra mile when 
someone is in need of your assistance. Allow the Lord to use you as His 
vessel to minister to someone in need. You will find yourself more blessed
than the one whom you have helped to make better.


“Are you going grocery shopping today?” my husband, Roy asked when I picked
up the telephone.

“I plan to,” I answered.

Thanksgiving was only a couple days away. Everyone in our family would be
coming to our house. My funds were limited, therefore my box of coupons 
awaited me in the car. I knew I had to be creative in my shopping that 
day. I had to stretch every dollar.

For a few seconds, Roy sat silently on the other end of the line. “Why do
you ask?” I uttered, fearing what he might say.

“Nancy, there's a family with a half dozen kids that will not have anything
to eat for Thanksgiving. The little one is only five-years-old.”

“So what are you saying?” I whispered.

“While you're at the store could you possibly buy something for them?” 
Roy's words echoed in my heart. Groceries, a five-year-old, eight in the
family. My head began to spin thinking about the fifty dollars I had 
reserved for our family's Thanksgiving dinner.

In the back of my mind I counted the hungry guests who would be coming to
our house for dinner. I put my head down on my desk, already feeling defeated.

There's no way possible, I thought. But the compassion I heard in my 
husband's voice struck a nerve inside me.

“Sure,” I replied. “But only if God helps.”

“Thanks, sweetheart,” Roy whispered. “Just do what you can.” He then hung
up the telephone. I finished my work and prayed all the way to the nearest
grocery store.

I entered the parking lot. I noticed a big sign in the grocery store 
window: Turkeys - 29 cents a pound.

“This is the place, Lord” I whispered. I grabbed my box of coupons, went
inside, secured two buggies, and headed to the frozen foods. The turkeys
were indeed on sale, but I discovered one big problem. When I read the 
sign posted on the freezer door my heart sank. “Limit one.”

“But I need two,” I uttered to myself. I decided to find the manager. I
explained the problem. He made an exception.

After tossing a turkey in each buggy, I began my shopping fury. It was 
amazing how many buy-one, get-one free items were being featured that day.
The first item went into one buggy. The free item went in the other. In
addition, I had all the right coupons to get exactly what both families 
needed for a hearty Thanksgiving dinner. I proceeded to the register and
held my breath while the cashier rang up my groceries.

To my surprise, I had enough money. I was even able to purchase a package
of cookies for the five-year-old who had stolen my heart, even though I had
never met her.

Later that afternoon, Roy and I made a special delivery to a home filled 
with children of all ages. I will never forget the smiles on the six kids'
faces, as they made several trips from my car carrying numerous bags of 
groceries inside.

This event reminded me of a story. Even though He only had a few loaves 
and fishes, Jesus multiplied them and fed five thousand people. And to top
it off, there was food left over. I wondered if God was doing the same 
thing that day.

By far, that was the greatest Thanksgiving Day of my life. My entire 
family shared a hearty meal with us. We had plenty to eat. We even had
enough food left over for the evening meal.

That afternoon, when I had time to think about what had happened, I
imagined a home, not far from where I lived. There was a mother and a 
father and six children sitting around the kitchen table, laughing and 
rejoicing. They enjoyed the same meal that our family had shared together
that day.

Then I realized that miracles happen when we step out in faith and in steps
God. For with us, some things are impossible. But with God, all things 
are possible.

By Nancy B. Gibbs

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Matthew 19:29-30 Jesus declares,
“And every one that hath forsaken houses,
or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or 
lands, for My name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit
everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall
be first.”

Luke 6:38 Jesus declares,
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good 
measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men 
give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it 
shall be measured to you again.”

Romans 12:4 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that
is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think;
but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure
of faith.”

Romans 12:15-18 “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them 
that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things,
but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of
all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with
all men.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: I AM NOT ALONE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem124.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: GOD'S FAITHFULNESS
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony190.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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