I Exalt Thee: Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

No commentary today–Just Praising Jesus Christ!

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. {Psalm 100:4}

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


by Phil Driscoll


Jesus Christ is the answer to all of our problems.  Are you saved?  Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord & Savior?

“I am the vine, you are the branches.
He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit;
for without Me you can do nothing.”
{John 15:5 NKJV}

Pray to the One who saves man’s soul from eternal darkness separated from the giver of Life, Jesus Christ.  Ask Him into your heart, repent of your wrongdoings (sin) and accept Him into your daily lives.  He is faithful, He is forgiving, He will save you.

Stay safe. Be blessed.



 …if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet,
and the people are not warned,
and the sword comes and takes any person from among them,
he is taken away in his iniquity;
but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.”
{Ezequiel 33:6}




9 thoughts on “I Exalt Thee: Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

  1. WhaaaaaaaaaaT!!

    Not even a flying beast with horns everywhere hidden in Revelation somewhere? Not even a little earthquake? Surely you’ve got something on CERN! Not even a nuclear missile threat? 😦

    Well, ok. If you say so.

  2. For those who have never seen this. It seems that every time a national holiday comes around, someone wants to piss on the parade with so-called “true history of” speeches and documentation telling us why we shouldn’t celebrate it. Apparently, Christmas isn’t the only holiday with a stench in someone’s nostrils.

    But if we look beyond all that “reasoning” of why we shouldn’t celebrate and look for some clues as to what God may think about it, you will find some very interesting insight about America and the indications that God has had his hand of blessing upon this nation from it’s very inception and creation. As one can see from Mary’s previous Thanksgiving article from last year posted above (Thanksgiving A Peculiar Holiday), it is no accident that we have this holiday and no accident that America has been so richly and uniquely blessed since it’s founding. In fact, America has the very fingerprints of God’s blessing upon it. I’ll leave the link below, which explains the map you’re looking at.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving, my American friends!

    And apologies, Seashoremary re my hijacking your site with my personal stuff…

    On that note… Nomemoleste… I went to the casino tonight. I recently reunited with my best friend (after having a serious fallout for a a year or two, re my ex-g/f). I felt like a decent ride on the motorcycle, was due for a longer run, so agreed to meet up with him there for the jackpot draw. Anyway, I said hello to another old face there, and had a little win with my $15 budget. Eventually, I went to join my good friend in another section and decided to sit at a one-armed bandit that this lady suggested to play re her spending a few bob in it (she had moved to machine next to it, and my mate was next to her).

    She was very chatty, and somehow I brought up God, and she asked me what/which God I believed in… to which I replied, “The God of Genesis and Jesus Christ”. She then said that she was a Born Again Christian! She was very open, she said she didn’t like motorcycles re her son having an accident several years ago. Then she told me that he had been in a car accident last Tuesday evening and was in hospital, in a serious but stable condition. She said she was naughty for being at the casino but was there because she needed to take her mind off of things. Then she noted how tall I was because her husband “was”. He had died recently after falling over and hitting the back of his skull. She said if it wasn’t for her faith she would not cope. I asked her about her strong accent… she explained how she had escaped East Germany.. eventually she got the “Russian” bit out of me (at first I was reluctant to mention my Russian heritage), how my parents had me baptized in the Russian Orthodox Church and that I chose to be baptized (non-denominational) when I was around 30 years old. Despite her suffering these tragedies, she was very happy to talk about things so we shared much conversation and a few laughs, also. I offered her my phone number if she ever wanted to talk or needed help, or to visit my mother and I, so we exchanged numbers. She is much older than me (her son being 42). She also spoke of the verse “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:19). With this, I think I will call her tomorrow and ask if she would like me to visit her son in hospital and pray, with her, over him.

    Funny.. She is the third person I have met, at the casino, who said were Born Again believer.

    I had a good result with the $10 limit I allowed my self to play – it will help me for a few days. It was a pleasant evening, and glory to the LORD for giving me the self-control re gamble, and allowing me to meet this woman of such faith, and getting me home safe on the bike (as always). And for you, Nome, Seashoremary, Corey, Racer Bannon, RosefromKentucky, LizP, and others.

    Ps… Glorious crystal clear evening here with a full moon glowing so brilliant, such detail visible, and the evening so peaceful… you would think the world wasn’t in so much upheaval and chaos.

    Thanks for discussions and support.

    God Bless!


    • Pete, my brother, the funny thing is that we can’t be addicted when we’re saved.

      There’s always a way out of any sin by Christ. Gambling can’t hold you, nor can “sociaphobia” (i.e. “love grown cold”) hold me. Christ is our overcoming. That doesn’t mean we should put ourselves in jeopardy. Sin can not enslave us. Nor can alcoholism, sloth, or drugs. Sloth being “knowing to do good, and doing it not.” We just need to lean with the wind of the Holy Ghost.

      So yes, our brothers and sisters here are similar. They have their own test, trials, and tribulations to overcome. Would that we all would just choose God’s will each time, and spend less time “on the practice range,” but junkies gotta prove their freedom, whether from substances or adrenaline fixes or fear (…like doom mongering and paranoia). Derek Gilbert compares it to a morning cup of java (re: “the sky is surely falling”).

      My dad (stepdad actually) is most likely burning in hell right now. He was an unrepentant gambler all his life. Poker was a family thing, though we only ever used change and not bills. Of course Dad had his poker nights, and football pools, etc. etc. Including family vacations in Las Vegas. Go figure, being a bit aspie (autistic), that I was never any good at gambling, so I avoided that addiction. I just don’t get the kick of the win. Even parachuting for me was only ever “nice.” Consider how that “screws with your love life” to have such an attenuated emotional response to normal human affection. Which is not quite accurate, since I’ll bawl like a baby for inconsequential things (like in movies or music). Suffice it to say my emotions are screwed up; so I can’t begrudge folks their emotional fix from holidays, family get togethers, memorabilia, patriotic celebrations, fireworks, christmas tree lights, and the like … such a family dinners, whether whole hog or turkey.

      There’s another level of affection that’s beyond emotion. I miss it when you’re not sharing with us, and I value your view on the world. Not only from the southernly exposure but from your particular givens: like russian, and orthodox, and court recorder, and biker, and recovered musician. And son of a caring mother. Believe me from prison work I know that many mothers abandon their chronic convict sons (no reflection on you), even if the last of the family to do so.

      Of all that we’re most certainly blessed with: sight, breath, shelter, comfort (more ease than pain), light, insulation from heat and cold, contact, and far far too much information … having a taste of unconditional love for our mates — is a glimpse of Our Father’s own heart. And the prospect of sharing unconditional love with Him — beyond exponential increase and beyond infinities — is yet to come.

      Which is not to say that we should tolerate sin; let patience and longsuffering not be confused with such. True love will always call sin a rush to death. Yet our Creator, (eloquently so called…), “The God of Genesis and Jesus Christ,” never hesitates to correct His children (and prodigals).

      I’ve no doubt you will choose to put the budget in the hands of the needy instead of the house… soon enough. One leads to a kick and crash, and the other to everlasting waters. Tell me if I’ve missed the lesson. Yet the point is as much for me as you (in my own overcomings). Mt. 6:21 & Lk 12:34

      We are able, my brother, through Christ our Lord!

    • Hey Pete! I’m not offended with your point/view. If it makes you ‘feel better’ to unload it’s ok by me except remember that you’re on ‘public’ forum and I’m not wishing to invade on your privacy. We have prayer believing people and likely many will identify with your circumstances better than others.

      I like your ‘The God of Genesis and Jesus Christ” statement.

      Re: meeting people at Las Vegas and $$ being spent. I can relate to that entertainment. I grew up ‘playing’ card games–my grandmother taught me well. However, we didn’t play for $$ until I got older and it became challenging.

      Poker was my game of choice. I’m good at it. I think I like it because I like numbers, adding and weighing the probabilities. I liked the ‘sports’ and competition side of it. I would always limit my money spent. I won–plain and simple. But it was sports for me, I wasn’t addicted to it. I could take it or leave it. Yes, I did travel to Las Vegas. On my first trip I was playing the slots machine, dropped in dollars and spun that wheel–I won. I just didn’t know how to ‘read’ the machine to understand how I had won and said so out loud–confused but a winner nonetheless. A gentleman was standing close to me and pointed out how to the ‘read’ the ‘lines’. Being a quick learner, I got it and I had fun. Plain and simple.

      Then I met the Lord Jesus Christ. One day my born again biological sister came up to me and said “Mary, do you know anything about tithing?”

      Admittedly I said no–never heard of the word tithing before. She explained the 10% of one’s gross income (the before taxes, etc) from every paycheck to be given to the Church. I stared at her but I was in love with Christ. I thought a few moments because this would mean I would give once a month since I got paid once a month. It would be $200 /mo at the time based on my income. $200 was a lot from such a non disciplined financial person that I was. But I said “Ok.”

      From my first month’s $200.00 tithe that I turned over to the church to this day I tithe (plus weekly offerings ).

      Anyway, within the first 30 days of my $200 ‘giving’ my boss called me into his office and told me I would be receiving an increase in my monthly salary–this would be $200.00/mo more! I was receiving back the $200/mo that I had committed!

      This was my supernatural introduction into God’s word regarding finances. There’s a whole lot more involved re: finances in God’s word. I haven’t done any ‘teaching’ on it but I’ve learned the Word and the principles and I practice them to this day.

      I remember my Pastor once saying that he needed personal finances, went to the Lord on it trusting Him to provide. He left it in prayer. I can’t remember if it was that same day or a bit later in the week he received in his spirit to ‘drive’ down to the seawall, park and view the ocean.

      He did as instructed. In his viewing the ocean, he got out of his car, intending to walk to the edge of the sea, he looks down and there was a ‘wad’ of money with a rubber band around it. Only God knew the money was there. He thanked the Lord for the money. It started in prayer, then trusting the Lord and ‘acting’ on that trust as directed.

      For those who want to say that “God will provide” and we don’t “need to tithe”–I’m sorry but yes, we do need to tithe. God will provide and he certainly did before I became aware of His Word. But if we are to ‘reap what we sow’ then certainly ‘sowing $$’ into His kingdom is necessary.

      Plus, it’s an Honor to Honor Him in His giving–for He first ‘gave” His Son. In order for Him to receive back humanity created in His image, He had to give a life to receive a life.

      Is this the prosperity message that has been misconstrued? Well–let’s just say that prosperity covers a multiple of areas:

      Prosperity: a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, especially in financial respects; good fortune. {http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/prosperity?s=t}

      Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. {3 John 1:2}

      If they obey and serve Him, They shall spend their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures.{Job 36:11}
      He himself shall dwell in prosperity, And his descendants shall inherit the earth. {Psalm 25:13}
      Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” {Psalm 35:27}

      Caution re: Prosperity
      God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity {Psalm 68:6}

      One can also get bound too tightly when prospering–greed can set in. So there are limitations on prosperity.

      One very important aspect about financial prosperity–I initially lacked the discipline to handle my finances properly. But once I started tithing and giving offerings the discipline kicked in naturally. My taking from ‘Peter to give to Paul’ concept/practice was brought under control. I cannot say that I don’t make mistakes–I do, but I manage to find my way back out from under as quickly as possible.

      I’m being long winded–sorry but this info just flowed out.

      P.S. I had a great Thanksgiving meal with my family–bounty of: turkey, dressing, peas, potato salad–assortment of desserts, chocolate pies, pumpkin pies. I was surprised no pecan pie?? Oh well, the holidays are starting, I’ll get pecan pie soon enough.

      Too much food–brought back a large container of ‘left overs’. God is good!

      • Ahh! One more thought:

        A few years ago I was thinking my house needed a new roof. I didn’t know anything about how much roofs are and my savings account was probably not in a good position to pay for a new roof. I was ‘talking to the Lord’ while doing laundry in the garage and brought up the matter to the Lord in between laundry cycles. Yes, we can speak to Him 24/7–His line is always open for communication!

        Anyway, about a week later, two strong ‘weather fronts’ collided within my area and it demolished my roof! I just about freaked out because I could see straight to heaven over my fireplace with that huge opening. My chimney was totally gone!

        I can’t say I wasn’t totally under control, my blood pressure shot up and I remember going to my bedroom to pray. Within a matter of moments I ‘received in my spirit,’ “you know how to research and call your insurance agent to report the situation.” Reasoning kicked in and I felt back in control. My next door neighbor came by totally alarmed at seeing the damage. She was checking to see if I was alright. Get this, no one else in my neighborhood received any damage to their homes!

        Anyway, I went through the motions, called my insurance agent who confirmed I was covered, got my 3 estimates from construction companies and I was staring at $15,000.00 worth of damages.

        Bottom line–I didn’t pay a cent and I got a new roof. This was an answer to prayer–I needed a new roof and I got a new roof. Albeit it was unnerving but even that was brought under control when I prayed to the Lord God.

        Yes, folks tithing and giving onto the Lord is necessary!


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