Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”, to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Thanksgiving was also celebrated nationally in 1789, after a proclamation by George Washington. As a federal and public holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year. Together with Christmas and New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader holiday season.
The event that Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. This feast lasted three days, and it was attended by 90 Native Americans (as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow) and 53 Pilgrims. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating “thanksgivings”—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.
I’m tying this into our theme today because I don’t believe you can give thanks or offer prayers without giving PRAISE!
I found incredible joy, strength, and peace as I continued the theme of #PrisonersofPraise. Much has continued to happen for and to me. I can state I had incredible, extraordinary, outstanding results from the Ezra fast (in so many different ways and for so many different things) … you may or may not recall, the Ezra fast was designed for – *Fasting to solve problems (see Ezra 8:21-23). If we fast for a specific purpose, we may solve a debilitating problem *(for this fast is done to promote and create unity within a group of people and is a “corporal” one for the common good of the group. I completed this fast last week, and, assuredly, I pray to do it again, soon. I have seen tremendous results as stated previously.
G.A.P – God Answers Prayers (and praise) – he has answered so many of mine, in mind blowing, awesome, amazing ways … I cannot count them or tell the all … so, here’s my THANKSGIVING challenge, join me and be a #PrisonerofPraise … and, lets share your testimonies or words of gratitude!
MORE SCRIPTURE(S) on PRAISE:
Exodus 15:11 – Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?Deuteronomy 10:21 -“He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.” 1 Chronicles 16:25 – For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.
Psalms 7:17 – I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.
Psalms 18:3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
(This link contains a total of 261 instances of PRAISE in the bible):
SONG(S): Keith Pringle – I Just Cant Stop Praising His Name
(You fill in your prayer). Amen.
Love, Joy and Peace,
Debra J. Ellis
Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters (and some brothers) in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us, for various reasons, participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the blog continues to grow!
The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord, both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.” Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog in Word Press: https://fastwednesdays.wordpress.com/