Thursday, November 27, 2014

Testimony of thankfulness this Thanksgiving Day!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Truly we have so much to be thankful to God for!  "Count your many blessings, name them one by one!"  And our blessings truly are many!!!  I want to share with you one of the things that we are thanking God for today.

Thanksgiving provides such a wonderful opportunity to seek to touch the lives of those around you with the gospel message, while showing appreciation for them and the things that they do. This year, with the bounty that the Lord has so graciously given to us, we filled the house with the wonderful smells of cookies and cinnamon rolls and printed some tracts talking some about Thanksgiving, thanking people for the ways that they have served and blessed us, and most importantly sharing the gospel message, the most important blessing of all.  With a family joined effort, we sent out to 18 government officials the tracts and then packaged up the baked goodies with tracts and took them around town and to where Dad and Tayte are employed.  It was a very small attempt to touch the lives of those right around us, those that we have influence with.  But God can take the very tiniest of our endeavors and use them for His glory, as I want to share with you.
The lady at the library was so touched, "blown away" as Brittany worded it, that someone would give something to her, thanking her for what she does.  She said that no one had ever brought something to her there at the Library.  It was just a small plates of cookies...but it touched her with the love of Christ in a way that apparently she hasn't experienced much of. 

When Dad got home from work last night, he had an amazing story to share with us from the day.  He said that at one of the breaks, they all were called to come and wait at the clock out.  One of the owners then came and said he wanted to share something with them that a friend had given him.  And he pulled out the card that we had just given him that morning.  And read the gospel message to those men that have probably never heard the true gospel, that have probably never been confronted with their sin and their need for a Savior.  That one little card touched more people than we would have been able to reach, men that would probably never have read something like that.  Men that many of them are hardened by sin.  And they were all read the gospel message.  It brought me to tears as Dad shared.

I share these stories, in no way seeking to elevate our family for doing this, because we are learning so much and fall so short!  But I share these stories to hopefully encourage you all, as we were encouraged, that even the smallest of our efforts to reach others, God can take those and use them for His glory.  I was reminded last night of the passage where it says that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think.  How true that is!  We were praying as we sent those tracts out that God would be glorified and use them however He would for His glory and honor.  I never would have dreamed that He would use it to reach a whole factory of men that would be more difficult to reach with the gospel message.  But with God, nothing is impossible!  And those who heard that message, they may be but seeds that were planted, but God can take those small seeds and use them for His glory.  I was humbled and in awe that God would take our small efforts and bless them and use them for His purposes.  It also encouraged us that it is so worth taking the time to show love to others and to do our small part in showing the world around us the love of Christ. We are often to apathetic towards people, so self-focused.  Why are we not being the hands and feet of Jesus as He called us to be?  Why are we not taking more seriously showing the love of Christ?  It's not about us, what we can get out of life, what makes us happy.  "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Romans 12:1-2)  May His glorious Name be magnified!!!!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!  "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
(Ephesians 3:14-21)

1 comment:

  1. Hello Breanna Alexanders. So good to know you through your profile on the blogger. I am glad to stop by your blog "Alexander Family" and the post on it " Testimony of Thankfulness This Thanks Giving day". I am so blessed to know your family and you and the post has been a blessing to me and I am so thankful to God for letting me know your family and you. I am in the Pastoral ministry for last 35yrs in the great city of Mumbai, India a city with great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We reachout to the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the broken hearted. We also encourage young people as well as adults from the West to come to Mumbai on a short / long term missions trip to work with us in the slums of Mumbai during their vacation time. We would love to have you come to Mumbai with your friends to work with us during your vacation time. I am sure you will have a life changing experience. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede. Looking forward to hear from you very soon. God's richest blessings on you and Alexander family.