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Thanksgiving 2009: Regardless of our Situation – Give Thanks!

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For some, 2009 may not have been the greatest year in many aspects of our lives.  In fact, the last couple years have been terrifying for some.  Yet in all this, I am glad we can take this holiday of Thanksgiving, to pause and reflect on what matters most. From the feedback we received from our listeners…it sure isn’t money!

This is a special short episode as we have asked you, the listeners and fans of Money Smart Radio, for what you are thankful for.  The answers we received via voicemail, email and on our Facebook fan page where amazing.  This is for you!

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I have had off-air, off-line conversations with many people and it seems that many continue to worry about their retirement savings, their homes, their jobs or their businesses.  There are no quick, easy answers to these problems.  However, during today’s afternoon prayer call with the Latino Breakfast Club, we were inspired with this verse…to remind us what we should focus on and continue to look forward with hope.

This verse in the Bible addresses our concerns by saying, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6 NIV)  In other words, God knows YOUR need…He is just waiting for you to ASK.  He wants to know if you can humble yourself enough to simply request His supernatural help!  Now, if you are reading this and do not know how to ask or need help in prayer…you know who to call! Hint…708.686.2000 x8 OR place your prayer request below in a comment.  We’ll contact you and get back to you!

And the rest of this chapter goes on to say the following about where to put our attention and focus towards.  “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8 NIV)

If you continue to focus on your problem, you will never discover or attract a solution to you.  People who are ready to lend a helping hand will be flying right past you because your mind, heart and eyes are stuck to the ground.  Keep your head, spirits and focus UP!

I hope you savor not only the meal(s) prepared for this day…but the family, friends and community that care so much about you.  At the end of the day, it is not the money, cars or gifts you get to accumulate…but rather the lifelong friends and people you impact along the way.

We love you guys…God bless you!

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

Your Money Smart Guy,

Matthew Sapaula

P.S. Here is that Thanksgiving poem from this quick podcast episode:

T is for the trust the pilgrims had so many years ago
H is for the harvest the settlers learned  to grow
A is for America, the land in which we live
N is for nature and beauty which she gives
K is for kindness, gentle words, thoughtful deeds
S is for smiles, the sunshine everyone needs
G is for gratitude… our blessings big and small
I is for ideas, letting wisdom grow tall
V is for voices, singing, laughing, always caring
I is for Indians, who taught them about sharing
N is for neighbors, across the street, over the sea
G is for giving of myself to make a better me

by Judith A. Lindberg

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  1. Beaz Shanel says:

    Hello everyone, it’s Thanksgiving Day! I’m happy with my extra day off, and I am planning to make something fun that will probably involve a moto trip and seeing something new in Port Chester I haven’t seen yet.
    You write new post at Thanksgiving Matthew?

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