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Give Thanks in Everything: A Discipleship Conversation for Thanksgiving 2020

Give Thanks In Everything

First, Seek Him...

This year has been challenging, but we have no less reason to be grateful this Thanksgiving. This week’s discipleship conversation is a call to look for and acknowledge how God’s grace has carried you in 2020. Seek Him about this today!

...Then Speak Him

As you turn your heart to gratitude, gently turn your family to gratitude, as well. Don’t let this Thanksgiving be a time of so mourning the losses that you lose your joy. God has been good. Talk to those entrusted to you about how His good grace has carried you this year!

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1 Thessalonians 5:18
“Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Word

God, what are you saying to me through this Scripture?
Thanksgiving 2020 is as complex as this whole year has been. Normally, on this holiday, our hearts and homes are full with our special people and blessings. However, 2020 has been hard, and, for many of us, this Thanksgiving is very different from what we would like. Still, God’s Word tells us to “give thanks in everything,” and we want to honor God in this. ~ How is this holiday season different? What are some things that “everything” includes in our lives this year? What is one thing we can be thankful for right now?

Why

God, why does this matter?
The phrase “give thanks” in our verse literally means “good grace.” God’s good grace has carried us through every circumstance of this year, and in this we can be thankful. Giving thanks “in everything” doesn’t mean that we have to be grateful for everything. Giving thanks means acknowledging and appreciating how God has helped us through it all. As we do, we live according to His perfect will for our lives! ~ How has God’s grace carried us this year? How has He been with us? How has He helped us?

What

God, What Else Does Your Word Say About This?
The Thessalonians (to whom the Apostle Paul wrote our key verse) were grieving loved ones, facing severe persecution and wondering if it was the end of the world. Their times were different than ours, but their questions were much like our own. In the midst of this, Paul encouraged them, “Be at peace…comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with everyone…Always pursue what is good for one another and for all. Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything…” (1 Thessalonians 5:13-18). ~ If these words inspired the Thessalonians as they faced hardship, how might these words inspire us now? As you give thanks, what else would God have you do today?

Worship

God, How do you want me to respond to this truth?
This Thanksgiving, let’s worship God by intentionally taking moments to “give thanks in everything.” God’s grace has carried our family this year. He has provided for us and taken care of us. Let’s think about specific prayers He has answered and ways He has sustained us this year. Let’s count His blessings and goodness to us. This in mind, let’s each create gratitude letters for our own family Thanksgiving 2020 time capsule.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
“Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

A Family Blessing

A Blessing from this Lesson to Speak over Those God has Entrusted to You!

Lord, we acknowledge Your goodness to us this year. You are our hope and our redeemer, our Savior and our joy. Thank You for never leaving us or forsaking us. We love You and are so thankful for You! Amen!

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