“These are they who have not defiled themselves by relations with women, for they are [pure as] virgins. These are they who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These are they who have been ransomed (purchased, redeemed) from among men as the first-fruits for God and the Lamb. No lie was found to be upon their lips, for they are blameless (spotless, untainted, without blemish) before the throne of God.” Revelation 14:4-5 ->me: No, I have not dropped off the face of the earth but I have missed 2 days quiet times…and I have felt it. Last night I was watching TV and found myself being engrossed in dramas of this world and filling time before drifting off to bed. The knowledge of missing time with my Lord and Savior in His word weighed on me…I missed Him…so this is what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving Day -> I am thankful for God’s coaxing hand through His Spirit: Even though I had not been in dedicated time with Him the last couple of days I felt His presence in my thoughts and prayers while in my prep work for this day. I am thankful for the people He has put in my life to sharpen me further: Those who have been put there as an accountability or giving me just the admonishment I need. I am thankful for the Power God has given me through my surrender to Him (His Power in my weakness): This is the only power that matters; a Power that allows me to stay pure in my thoughts, a Power to turn away from evil, and Power of wisdom to follow Him and stay in His waterfall of grace and blessing. Finally, I am thankful for His redemptive Grace that is so hard to understand: The Grace that says “You can approach My throne because I only see My Son when I look at you” or “You can talk to Me because I don’t hold against you anything My Son has already died for in your place”. Then if that were not enough, He has blessed me with a family and friends who are the most precious gifts God could give me on this earth.