Thursday, November 23, 2017

Give Thanks

Give thanks - it almost sounds like a command: give thanks, or else!

Or else what?

  • You won't recognize the blessing in the big and small things
  • You will be a sourpuss because you feel life isn't fair
  • You may become self-absorbed
  • You may become weighed down by your circumstances
  • You may say an unkind word
  • You may lose sight of what's really important
If the turkey is taking forever to cook  - give thanks, you have a turkey.
If no one wants to help with the cooking - give thanks and do what you can.
If the black sheep of the family comes over for dinner - give thanks for them, at least they're here and continue to pray for them.
If you're home by yourself - give thanks for a roof over your head and invite another person over.
If job searching is wearing you down - give thanks for life, hope, and resilience
If you are missing a loved one - give thanks that you will be reunited in heaven; give thanks for life.

So, in spite of everything that is going on in my life, right now and always I will cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

.....stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at evening ... 1 Chronicles 23:30

It is good to give thanks to the LORD and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High ... Psalms 92:1.

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! ... 2 Corinthians  9:15.

Give thanks; its a choice.  Choose to be grateful. Will you?


  1. You are so right. I am battling general grumpiness and found that thankfulness had taken a hike, so I'm actively working on it. Thanks for putting it into such practical words.

    Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving Nylse! Thanks for sharing such a great message!

  3. Ha, what a great why to combat the spirit of complaining. Thank you for teaching me how to be thankful in all aspects of my life.


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