This time of year always gets me….it’s difficult because my brother loved Thanksgiving and I’m normally an emotional mess this time of year BUT God always shows up and I get overwhelmed with his thankfulness. I think he knows that my focus on him will get me through the tough stuff and he never ceases to amaze me by jumping into my thoughts regardless of the circumstances around me.
I am truly thankful. I wonder if everyone else in this world is too. I see the crowds at the grocery store buying thanksgiving food and all the posts on social media, all the retail stuff ramping up and I truly wonder if anyone ever stops to understand and take it all in. I wonder if they stop and realize that so many other people cannot afford to have what we consider “Thanksgiving”…not only those in other countries but people in our very own country. Children may not eat this Thursday and they certainly won’t be standing in line at 6pm to go black Friday shopping with their parents. I can only hope that my thoughts are not true and that people all over are truly stopping to spend time thanking God for all he has done.
Thankful means: grateful, appreciative, filled with gratitude, relieved
It isn’t hard to be thankful. It doesn’t take long to thank God or to look around with fresh eyes and marvel in the majesty of his goodness. We are but a speck on this planet and he’s done so much for each us individually and we didn’t have to work for it, not one second.
I’m thankful for the air I breathe
thankful for the sun and stars
thankful for the roof over my head
thankful for health
thankful for my children
thankful for schools and books
thankful for vehicles
thankful for doctors
thankful for jobs
thankful for the freedom to worship
thankful for the ability to think, read and write
thankful for love
thankful for relationships
thankful for answered prayers
thankful for unanswered prayers and the lessons in between
thankful for the good and the bad
thankful that with or without turkey & sides….I’m full of the grace of God.
So thankful for so many things. At the end of the day we all leave this earth in full spirit and leave this earth behind. I encourage each of you to sit and marvel at the majestic sky, at the flowers nearby, at the people all unique in their God given way. Sit and thank him today. Don’t get wrapped up in commercialized thankfulness. Let your attitude be full of gratitude this Thanksgiving. Enjoy every moment!
“The Lord has done GREAT things for us and we are filled with JOY!” -Psalm 126:3
“Give Thanks to the Lord for he is Good and his love endures forever.” -Psalm 107:1
“I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with Thanksgiving.” -Psalm 69:30