Reminding Busy Women to Let Our Lights Shine!

Dawn Tolbert | Writer
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
Breast Cancer Faith Reflections

Blessed & Thankful


The word written there — with the capital T — is one my favorite holidays. I love that I get to spend this day watching the parade, enjoying food and family, and pausing to remember how abundantly I’ve been blessed by God.

That remembrance causes me to move from Thanksgiving the noun to thanksgiving the verb. And that begins with telling how great God is.

I’ve been blessed. I have a great family, a loving husband, a job I love, two wonderful towns I get to spend my life in, and a caring, praying church family. The past few months have deepened my appreciation for these blessings and for my loving heavenly Father.

In sharing my Thanksgiving story, I want to tell you — this Thanksgiving day and every day — that God is faithful.

My last blog post was written in July just after I’d been diagnosed with breast cancer. My journey has been swift compared to so many others. My cancer was caught early and was completely treatable with surgery and radiation. I’m healing well and just have to take medicine for a while.

But I have sat in dark moments of not knowing. In those anxious seconds, I discovered anew that God is faithful.

He was always with me — in biopsy rooms, MRI machines and surgical suites. He promised to never leave us or forsake us, if we put our trust in Jesus, and I have felt that comfort and closeness more times than I can count.

I’ve also been exactly where I needed to me in moments so that I could speak a word of kindness or encouragement to beautiful ladies whose journeys aren’t as smooth as mine. I’ve met people I could pray for through their dark moments.

As Christians, we walk on a journey through this life. Along the way, God reveals more and more of Himself to us.

This Thanksgiving, I am proclaiming that I am so thankful for my Savior Jesus and the peace He gives that truly does pass all understanding.

I am completely unworthy of God’s grace and love, but He gives it anyway. Oh, and He doesn’t give it with a closed fist, grudgingly. No! 1 John 3:1 says “See what great love the Father has lavished on us.”

This Thanksgiving, share your Thanksgiving story. Tell others what God has done for you. And tell Him thank you. Spend time adoring Him not only because of what He does but because of who He is: the One who is Faithful and True.

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