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Thanksgiving Conversations: The Joys of Thanksgiving

First, Seek Him...

As we focus on Thanksgiving, we discover that joy is a natural response. God doesn’t just want us to keep our joy on the inside, though; He wants us to express our joy through rejoicing! What is your joy story today as you seek Him and experience His blessings?

...Then Speak Him

“Rejoice in the Lord” by speaking the joys of thanksgiving over those entrusted to you. Rejoice in what God has done in your life, and encourage and challenge your loved ones to rejoice, too! God calls us to do this at Thanksgiving and always!

Philippians 4:4
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

Word

God, What Are You Saying To Me?

“Be full of My joy and show it through rejoicing!”

Discover: The Bible tells us over and over again to rejoice. To rejoice means to “show joy,” and joy is a natural response of thanksgiving for all God has done for us.  

Dialogue: Let’s think about God’s blessings in our lives. What are we so thankful for? What fills us with joy and creates thankfulness in our hearts? Tell a story of something that has filled you with joy. 

Dive In: God doesn’t want us to just keep joy in our hearts; He wants us to show our joy. What are some ways we can share joy with others this week?

Philippians 4:4
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

Why

 God, Why Does This Matter?

“…Rejoice! …The Lord is near” (Philippians 4:4+5b)

Discover:  Our God is not far away; He is near to us! Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. No matter what else is going on in and around us, joy and rejoicing can be part of our lives as we experience His presence. 

Dialogue: Since God is near and with us, we can spend time with Him and “sit” in His presence. How have we experienced God’s nearness? What does it feel like? Let’s talk about this together.

Dive In:  The more we understand God is with us, the more His joy will flow out of us. As we remember this truth, how we respond to the circumstances around us will be different. His nearness will change our thoughts and the ways we react to those around us. Knowing God is with us will change our whole day. Let’s pay special attention and “sit” in His presence for a few moments right now.

Philippians 4:4
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

What

 God, What Else Does Your Word Say About This?

“Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!” (Psalm 66:1)

Discover: It’s one thing to have joy; it’s another thing to shout with it! Throughout Scripture, God tells us to share and show joy! 

Dialogue: Showing our joy is important to God, but is it really important to us? It might seem strange to walk around shouting with joy (like Psalm 66:1 says). However, what are some other ways we can go the extra mile to not just have joy but show joy?

Dive In: We don’t necessarily have to go around shouting with joy, but we should live lives showing our joy. Each one of us is called to rejoice in the Lord. Let’s make signs, draw pictures or create graphics to share that remind us to show joy! Then let’s go the next step by sharing those or showing them to others, so they are reminded, too!

Philippians 4:4
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

Worship

 God, How do you want me to respond to this truth?

“Rejoice all the time! Worship Me with JOY every day!”

Discover: Remember, to rejoice is to “show joy.” When we live our lives to glorify God, Scripture says this is our “spiritual act of worship” (Romans 12:1). As we choose to show joy and rejoice “always” like our verse says, we worship God through every part of our lives.

Dialogue:  How can we respond to our circumstances in ways that honor God? What situations cause us to want to “whine” instead of worship? How does rejoicing change our responses? 

Dive In:  Let’s choose several different times to worship and rejoice today. Whether we are here together or apart, let’s put rejoicing into practice. We can be reminded by setting mutual phone reminders, remembering when we sit down to eat or at certain stopping points in our days. Let’s be people who “Rejoice, in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4).

A Family Blessing

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

“May joy flow over you and through you and all around you as you experience the reality of God’s nearness. ‘May the God of hope fill you will all joy and peace,’ (Romans 15:13) today and always. In Jesus’ Name, amen!”

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