2 BIG things I remember… {on faith & Thanksgiving}

As the holiday season begins, our thoughts naturally turn to family and friends. We have gatherings and menus to plan. Some of you are making travel arrangements, while others are preparing to host.

And there’s the Christmas decor to drag¬†out, sort through, and set up. I have a love-hate relationship with Christmas decor. I’m seriously in full-blown denial until at least the first week of December.

Christmas I love – just not putting up the decorations.

Give me time to recover from the Thanksgiving holiday and eventually, I’ll come around. Even though I’ve probably said to Mark more than once, “Maybe we won’t even put up the tree this year…” I always come around.

As I prepared to write this pre-Thanksgiving post, I did think of family. But I also thought of faith. Because so much of what I know of faith comes from growing up a preacher’s daughter, faith and Thanksgiving go hand-in-hand.

You’ve heard me say it before. I was not always so keen on being a preacher’s daughter. Today, I am so grateful for the legacy of faith that marks me.

2 big things I remember…from Dad’s preaching

Sitting in church on a regular basis, I heard Dad preach a lot. Keep in mind that regular for me may have been over-the-top for you. Dad was a traveling minister and we were in church nearly every night of my childhood.

My brothers and I knew what story he was going to even tell before he started it. As Dad preached, he would share stories of his journey to salvation, humorous family experiences, and testimonies of the many people he’d ministered to over the years.

Dad made the Word of God come alive.

He was and still is an anointed minister of the Word. Of course, I cannot recall all of his sermons. That was a few years ago. ūüėČ But there are a couple of things I will never forget from Dad’s preaching.

#1 – There is no such thing as luck.

Dad mentioned¬†this often – not only in sermons, but in our home. As children, we were not allowed to say, “You just got lucky!” To this day, when I hear someone use the word luck I think of Dad.

If we believe in God Рas Maker and Creator Рthen we have to believe nothing happens by chance. 

If you believe God is Sovereign over all things, then you must know nothing that takes Him by surprise. He knit you together in your mother’s womb and He always has you in His sight¬†(Psalm 139.13).

We can depend on His favor, blessing, intervention, protection, and keeping power! With these benefits, who needs luck?

#2 – Live by these priorities.

Dad would share the following priorities for living everywhere he preached. He was passionate about this because he’d experienced what it was like to have his priorities out-of-order.

When I was about nine years old, Dad had a major health scare. He very nearly died when his diseased appendix ruptured. It was both a life and spirit altering event for Dad.

As he lay in the hospital bed, he told God, “If you’ll let me live, I promise to re-establish my priorities.” Here are the priorities by which Dad began to live his life. He encouraged others to do the same.

  • First priority: ¬†My personal relationship with God.
  • Second priority: ¬†My family.
  • Third priority: ¬†My ministry and service.
  • Fourth priority: ¬†Everything else.

On this Thanksgiving, I am grateful for Dad’s faith and commitment to these priorities. I’ve been marked by both.

Many times over the years, when I felt my life¬†had gone off kilter – when stressed, over-worked, disconnected, exhausted – God would remind me of these priorities…God, family, ministry, all else.

Holidays are a good time to re-evaluate and assess your priorities. Here are two big things I remember from my childhood that can help...It was a wake up call to re-evaluate, relinquish, and re-align.

A time or two {or more} I’ve walked away from a commitment or resigned a job. I have no regrets.¬†Thanks to Dad’s model, I learned my relationship with God must come¬†first, followed by family {not ministry; not another thing}.

Are you counting on *luck* to get you through?

Remember, there is no such thing. This really is a major point to our Christian faith. Expect the favor and blessing of God to mark your life Рnot luck.

Need a priority check-up?

There’s no better time than the holiday season to re-evaluate, relinquish, or re-align. Our faith in God grants us the grace to begin again. What that means for you, today, I don’t know. But I do know you can take your current circumstances to God, today.

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2 thoughts on “2 BIG things I remember… {on faith & Thanksgiving}

  1. I agree, there is no such thing as luck (or coincidence either). I love this statement about God…”with these benefits, who needs luck?” God is so much more, and thank goodness for that. We are blessed.
    Thank you for visiting my blog today from #faithfilledfriday. Happy Thanksgiving!

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