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Posted: November 23, 2016

Juicy oven-roasted Turkey. Creamy homemade mashed potatoes. Delectable whip-cream-covered pie.

Those are the obvious reasons for celebrating Thanksgiving - it makes for some good eating.

But while we're stuffing our faces, let's not forget what this holiday is really about.

You can eat all the goodies, enjoy (or tolerate) your family, slip into a food-induced coma, and still miss out on the true purpose behind Thanks-giving.

Paul instructed us in 1 Thess. 5:18 to "Thank God no matter what happens."

Instead of worrying, you can trust in God's promises. Instead of living fearfully, you can have confidence in Christ's strength. Instead of carrying heavy burdens, you can rest in God's peace.

By praising God and shifting your attention off of your circumstances and focusing on His promises, you create an opportunity for God to be God in your life.

So before you devour all that Thanksgiving goodness, thank God for everything - the good, the bad, and the ugly - and let his peace grant you the comfort you need.

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."

- Phil. 4:6-7

Lord, thank you for your perfect peace. Help me to thank you first, before complaining or worrying about anything else. And help me to remember that you are always on the throne, giving perfect peace to your children. In Jesus' name, amen.