Thanks Be To Our God

Since the first day I had in my hands Travis’s new CD When the Stars Burn Down, I have played and replayed and replayed the song Thanks Be To Our God (#13) and a good many times cried through it. I couldn’t think of anything more fitting to post in our community today than the lyrics. Sisters, I am so thankful to God for you. So thankful for your commitment to Him. For your pure-hearted worship. For your love for the Lord Jesus Christ, our one and only Savior. And I am so deeply thankful to God for His unfathomable grace, mercy, steadfast love and redemption toward my family and me and for the living, breathing power of His Word in cracked jars of clay. I am thankful for four generations that will eat at the same table together. I am grateful for the gift of laughter than is rarely left unpacked at our table. Thanks be to our God.

For the road that leads from darkness into light,
For the hope that rescues from endless night,
For the grace covers sin, at the the door where life begins,
For salvation reaching in to guide us through,
Thanks be to our God.

For the healing that no mortal can explain,
For deliverance that breaks the sinner’s chains,
For the strength to carry on, and forgiveness great and strong,
And the promise of your mercies ever new,
Thanks be to our God.

Hallelujah! Everlasting songs will rise
For all you’ve done.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Thanks be to our God!

For the emptiness that cries out to be filled,
For the promise that your word is deeper still,
For the longing and the need, to have more of you in me,
Because nothing satifies the way you do,
Thanks be to our God!

Hallelujah! Everlasting songs will rise
For all you’ve done.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Thanks be to our God!

For the mysterious beyond the veil of death,
For the peace that opens with our closing breath,
When our struggles pass away, and we finally see your face,
And a greater glory rises into you.
Thanks be to our God!

Hallelujah! Everlasting songs will rise
For all you’ve done.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Thanks be to our God!

Hallelujah! Everlasting songs will rise
For all you’ve done.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Thanks be to our God!

Thanks be to our God!
(Travis Cottrell)


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  1. 1
    Maryann says:

    Happy TG to the Moore family! Have a wonderful day! Pray for those who won’t have four generations, I miss my daughter, my mom, and my grams so much!
    Thank you Melissa for your last sentence on your last blog…hoping to “stumble on JOY”. God Bless you all!

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    Dannel says:

    I am so unworthy. Yet I have been made worthy through Christ and am the apple of His eye. My mind cannot find words to describe fully the greatfulness I have to God. Happy Thanksgiving Siestas!

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    jill_in_AL says:

    Thanks be to our God indeed ~~ in my car it’s #5 and #13 and it’s all good!

    Thanksgiving blessings to all the Siestas, J

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    Praises be! Beautiful lyrics…thank you for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving.

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    Michele says:

    Love. That. Song.

    I am thankful for you, Beth, and Siestaville!

    And so thankful for God, His grace, and his patient love.

    Happy Thanksgiving y’all

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    kendal says:

    hallelujah, indeed! for rescue. for all of these.

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    Sharen says:

    Awesome words!!

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    B Schwarz says:

    What a beautiful song to start my Thanksgiving day off. Beth , my heart is so full this morning and you helped put it into words….. Thank you.!

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    Nancy says:

    Blessed thanksgiving to all!
    “Enter His gates with Thanksgiving, and His courts with praise!
    Give thanks to HIM; Bless His name!” Psalm 110:4

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    Kathy B says:

    Thank you, Lord for fellow sisters here that love You. Thank you that Beth & Co con’t to spur us on to love and good deeds. Thank you for showing me what ongoing passion for You and Your Word looks like: gritty and giggly all at the same time. Thank you for convincing me that, yes, James really can be memorized πŸ™‚
    For three offspring presently asleep under my roof; for in-laws who’ve adopted me as their own; and yes, for chocolate pie that’ll remind me of that precious lady I love so dearly. Thank You, Jesus, my Jesus!

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    Lucy from PA says:

    I love this song too. Was playing it yesterday while preparing my dessert for today and was overwelmed by God’s goodness to me, especially this year. He has done great things for me. Thanks Be To Our God!! Happy Thanksgiving!

    Lucinda Bomberger

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    Kay says:

    I saw this quote on Twitter this morning and it seemed fitting for Thanksgiving Day.

    “Christ must be the very sustenance of our lives not merely a condiment or complement. We are to take Him as our sole Manna from heaven.”

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    Bernice says:

    Yes, thanks be to our God!
    For all the blessings He has poured into my life, but especially for the gift of Beth Moore and her teaching of the Word of God!
    Thank you for laying down your life for all of us!

  14. 14
    Living4Him says:

    Excellent reminders. Love the CD, too. Blessings to all at LP

  15. 15
    Marsha says:

    AMEN and AMEN
    Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving

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    theHarborMom says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, LPM! I am thankful for how selfishly you pour into women. I love Jesus more because of how you help usher me to God. Have a great rest!

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    pam says:

    Thank you Beth-Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Happy Thanksgiving to each and every Siesta! I am so thankful today and every day.

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    Sandy Bowers says:

    I love, love, love that song! Thanks for posting the lyrics! May today find you — all my Siestas — healthy, happy, and living (and loving) for the Lord! When I thank God for my many blessings, Beth, you, my dear Siesta Mama, and this blog community are definitely on the list!

    (I have to tell you, Beth, I was watching the Macy’s Parade this morning and I heard one of the interviewers say, “I’m from Texas…I think we have TEN sticks of butter….and I hope that’s enough!” I thought of you — and your “several pounds of butter” on your shopping list that was on that Twitter pic yesterday. I had to laugh!)

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    Cary says:

    Beautiful ! Happy Thanksgiving Beth !

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    Mati says:

    Travis’ whole CD has been such a blessing to me! I got it while we were at LP in Lubbock, Tx. It’s a comfort when the world is crazy and, then a New Mexico morning that is BEAUTIFUL like today, autographed by the Lord it makes me so happy! Thanks be to our God!

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    God's-not-so-little Dutch girl says:

    Awesome song, Travis! Happy Thanksgiving, Siesta Mama & my Siestaville family!

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    traci says:

    morning beth! Happy thanksgiving!!
    I am so thankful for your commitment to us. You “keep on” so beautifully…and we benefit from your steadfastness. Which means my kids benefit…my husband…my friends, my family, my neighbors, my church, my co~workers…
    You shine Jesus so brighly upon our lives, and we shine for Him into our own spheres of influence…this effect is amazing.
    God is so thankful today…for YOU πŸ˜‰
    love you beth….thank you for drawing me…one woman among many…to my jesus. I know our relationship is tender beyond words in a large part, because of a woman with a relentless love for her Savior and those He puts in her path.

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    Courtney Beth says:

    Thanks Beth, Travis, the LPM Team & Village, Siestas & Siestaville!!! You all are on the top of my list of what I thank God for today, and everyday,(as my friend Linda said, on the way home from the Womens Word Share where Jennifer is leading Beth’s Inspirational Study Living Beyound Yourself
    the Fruit of the Spirit; β€œEvery Day is Thanksgiving!!!) !!! My sisters Melinda, Allyson,&Hollis Jennifer, are thankful for the Doxolgy we sang together in our church PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW, PRAISE HIM ALL CREATURES HERE BELOW, PRAISE HIM ABOVE YE HEAVENLY HOSTS, PRAISE FATHER, SON AND HOLY GHOST!!!! PRAISE THE ENTIRE TRINITY, PRAISE HIM ABOVE, PRAISE HIM BELOW, BECAUSE FROM HIM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!!!! Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for your wonderful love and grace, I pray for wisdom and discernment for each one of us, for each step we take may every step bring us closer to you in Jesus name and for His sake, we pray today and every day!!! xoxo love & prayers, Courtney Beth

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    Colette says:

    Yes!! Thanks be to our God!!! Happy Thanksgiving Siestas!!!! πŸ™‚

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    Lynn says:

    What beautiful lyrics, I need to get that song on my iTunes! Happy Thanksgiving to all my American siestas!!

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    elaine says:

    a beautiful song, indeed. The entire album is amazing!


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    jacqueline says:

    I’ve also really enjoyed this song, the way it crescendos at the end into a grand “Thanks be to Our God!!!” Amen! I love it! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Karene says:

    Beautiful, and Amen!
    Wishing you and all your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    Lynda Rickey says:

    Beth and all you wonderful gals out there,
    Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. My cup runneth over again and again. I am a very blessed woman. Love my Jesus and love you too! Lynda

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    Sandra says:

    I got this CD the week before my Dad died and the 3rd stanza means a lot to me. It has let me know what he experienced when he passed from this life to the life beyond. Thank you, Travis!

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    Lisa says:

    Amen! I am in agreement with you! There is alot of laughter at ourtable too!
    I am too truely blessed by you and thankful! Happy
    Thanksgiving! I love you my siesta mama

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    Carol says:

    I have been listening to this CD constantly the last few weeks. Absolutely love it! It is the perfect mix of worshipful music that my soul needed.

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    all shall be well says:

    Amen, and Amen.
    So grateful for YOU also. πŸ™‚
    love, karen

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    Yanna Westmoreland says:

    Thank you Mama Beth for posting, such beautiful words. I must get this cd. Happy Thanksgiving to all my Siesta’s I am thankful for all of you.

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    Betty M says:

    Dear Beth,
    It must be a gal thing but I felt alittle teary earlier today as well. I cried my eyes out, well, no, I bawled my eyes out, felt sorry for what I miss that is gone. Then I read your post and thanked God for what I do have. So often we who have lost so many loved ones and relationships through death or difficult circumstances, well, we tend to want to focus on the things we no longer have on days like today. I miss the happy chatter we three generations of gals would have in the kitchen on these holidays. Mom made the gravy while I was the potato masher. My sister was the disher-upper and the younger daughters would set the food on the long table that was set ready for us to indulge. My Mom has been at Home with her Lord for 15 yrs now. My dad is gone as well. I had a first cousin who moved back to her beloved Dakota several years ago and for several years, she was kind of a big sister type who stood in Mom’s place so things were nearly the same again. She became ill in April of 09 and just a week after her 64th birthday, she went Home to be with Jesus. She is celebrating in Heaven today as well. My sister has just been diagnosed as having an advanced stage of breast cancer so days like today are really tough for those of us who seem to have lost so much. My kids are all home with us a nice thing when the kids are not married. They have never married which is so unusual but for some reason God has not seen fit for us to be blessed with sons or daughters-in-law. I especailly miss having grand kids but it makes teaching SS again each Sunday especailly fun for me.
    I was chatting with a friend yesterday who just lost his father in a freak car accident two months ago and we talked about death and I shared with him that I know it sounds really morbid to say this but I am looking forward to that final day whether it is death or Jesus second coming. This world has little to intice me, personally, I can hardly wait to see the One who redeemed me and thought enough of me to die that horrible death so I can enjoy eternity with Him and those dear ones who are there with Him now. Of all the things we have to be thankful for on a day such as this, our redemption is the most important one. It makes our future so bright even on days that cloud over with sadness for things that once were but won’t be again on this side of eternity.
    Thanks for sharing and I think it is time to check the oven the aroma of nearly done food is making my stomach make strange noises! Blessings to you too as you gather to thank our dear Lord for all His incredible blessings to a world who for the most part is already worried about getting to the stores in time for Black Friday specials! Hugs from a 60 degree Heartland! Betty M in ND!!!

    ing, my sister and I will never enjoy the relationship we once had. I have forgiven her for some unbelievable wrongs she

    • 35.1
      Betty M says:

      OPPS! Please disregard the last two lines they were inadvertantly included totally by mistake! Why are mistakes always more visable after the enter key is pushed!!! Love ya!

  36. 36

    Happy Thanksgiving Day Beth!

    Several years before my husband and I went to the mission field I began teaching your studies. We didn’t have the videos at our church, so we divvied up those 10 week lessons and ended up spending 20 weeks in each study.

    It was the first time I had been introduced to a workbook style study of the Word and I absolutely loved it. I still reflect on those days as my Bible study ‘Teeth-cutting” times. Those were the days God used your passion for the Word to help feed my insatiable appetite for the same.

    Thank you for being a woman so in love with God that nothing else matters. You shine for Jesus, Beth. And your heart to serve women in the Word is inspiring.

    So, I’m just sending a Thanksgiving Day shout out to say, “Thank you!” for being obedient to His call and for making such a difference in so many lives. For all you do, I’m eternally grateful!

    Eternally His,
    Stephanie Shott
    Phil 3:7-14

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    sweet anonymous says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Siesta Mama! I am more thankful for the blessing of the ministry that God does thru you than I can say. I hope you and your family had a wonderful time together. I love those lyrics to Travis’ song. I do not have any of his cd’s but was most suredly blown away at his beautiful voice and the sweet anointing of the Holy Spirit at the LPL conference during the worship time in May. I just may have to add one of his cd’s to my Christmas list. Blessings to you! P.S. I hope your tater’s kept piping hot! (Grin)

  38. 38
    Suzanne says:

    I am asking for prayer. Today is Thanksgiving. And i just found out that my husband is having an affair..committing adultery. I have no where to turn, no place to go. I need help and wisdom.
    I know God will help but I am lost….Please pray those of you that read this. I would not ask but I am miles from home due to military and have no one here..
    Thank you

    • 38.1
      Karene says:

      Dear Suzanne, I will be praying for you, especially that God will bring someone to come alongside you and help you through this heartbreaking time. You have a community of sisters here, but I know it’s not the same as having someone to talk with. Until then, may God give you a special sense of His loving presence with you. May you feel His arms holding you close.

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      ULCARDSFAN says:

      I am so sorry for the betrayal from your husband. I will be praying for God’s comfort for you. I also pray for someone you can talk to about this.If you need to talk my email is [email protected]

    • 38.3
      Jennifer T says:

      Suzanne –
      I have just prayed for you, Siesta. Beth shared a ministry link with us in October. I don’t know if you saw it? Please visit for totally confidential support during this horrid time. If I got the link wrong, go the the blog archives and check out the Oct 26 entry. While you have been deeply wounded you are NOT alone. There is, indeed, a place to go and Godly people ready to help you. Do not believe the lie that you are abandoned entirely. I wish I could just hug you and cry with you in person. For now know that your Siestas are praying and that ministry site KNOWS how to help you. May His WORD cover you in truth and love. Peace, strength and dignity on you, Suzanne.

    • 38.4
      Maryann says:

      You Suzanne will be in my prayers all day. God Bless and give you strength and His wisdom….

    • 38.5
      doo-dah says:

      I read your post yesterday November 28th and this morning I woke up with you on my mind and want you to know I said a prayer for you. I don’t know if you will see my comment since it is a few days later after your initial post. God cares about your hurt and so do lots of other women who read this blog.

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    Sharon J. says:

    Thank you for the song.. great words of thanksgiving… Thanks be to our God!!!!

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    ULCARDSFAN says:

    Thanksgiving blessings to Siestaville. I KNOW this place exists for God’s Glory and I am honored to call each of you my sisters in Christ!

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    laura s says:

    BEAUTIFUL! Thank you Beth! Our God is more than good. Sitting at our table watching the Lord’s light shine through all the cracked jars who previously hadn’t let Him in was glorious today!!!!

  42. 42

    I LOVE, LOVE this song! I listen often, but have had it on repeat this whole week. I’m thankful for you and your ministry, Beth. You discipled me early in my relationship with Christ (through your studies) and taught me how to have a daily relationship with Him. I’m forever grateful!


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    Vicki says:

    Ditto sweet Siesta Momma! Love to you and your family on this Thanksgiving eve!

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    Jamie says:

    Thanks be to our GOD for all of our blessings…and all he teaches us in the fire.

    Thank you Beth for being my mentor ~ Thru you and your teaching, I’m happier than I have E V E R been in my life… 2.5 years…not just a week or two! I can’t get enough studying of the Word and it’s all thanks to you and your passion!

    I. Love. You. friend!

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    Sharron Kay Fires says:

    After our family Thanksgiving meal, I put on my walking shoes and headed out for a hike. As my IPhone cranked out a tune, it was “Thanks Be To Our God”. How appropriate was that? In fact, the whole Travis Cotrell “The Stars Burn Down” album led me to the Throne of worship as I enjoyed my walk/worship/quiet time. Then I came home to check e-mail and here was Beth’s blog post…WOW! Thanks be to our God! How great is our God!!!

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    ColoradoGirl says:

    Thanks for posting this tonight. I’ve had the CD for a while, but never had really listened to the words to that song until now. I especially like the second stanza:

    For the emptiness that cries out to be filled,
    For the promise that your word is deeper still,
    For the longing and the need, to have more of you in me,
    Because nothing satifies the way you do,
    Thanks be to our God!

    “to have more of you in me…” That was my prayer tonight as I listened to it with fresh ears. More of Him is what we seek!

    Have you listened to Casting Crown’s new song, “Face Down”? That’ll grip ya! I really listened to it for the first time on a plane ride home from a conference in Orlando. Had to use the facilities to have me a good cry! Music can be the very voice of God to our hearts, can’t it?

    Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for sharing your heart tonight! Blessings on your weekend with family! Wish I could be with mine…

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    Christy says:

    AMEN & AMEN!!!

    Summit, MS

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    Warm in Alaska says:

    Hallelujah, indeed! Happy Thanksgiving, Siestas, near and far ~

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    Kathie Mullins says:

    Thanks Beth for always making it simple enough to find God in all that is thrown at us on holidays. “Thanks be to Our God”.

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    Melinda Hohenberger says:


    I list to Travis’ cds all the time in my car. This last one speaks to me so clearly and I agree with you, this last song is the best.

    I wrote a reply on the email that was on my phone but I wondered if it was a no reply type email blog…

    So I just want to say thank you to you, Travis and both of your staffs and your families for allowing “Our God” to use you in mighty ways amongst women. You will never know how much I enjoyed the simulcast in September. Praise God for some answers and for the study in Luke.

    I would ask you to pray for me and for my family if God so leads you. I am one broken hearted mother. My children and husband so need to return to the Lord. Please understand that I love them and thank God for them and pray for them.

    Thank you and God Bless you all richly. I am looking forward to the study of James in the spring.


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