by Sandy Kirby Quandt
What are you thankful for on this day set aside in the United States as a day of Thanksgiving?
The old song told us to count our many blessings, naming them one by one. How long has it been since we actually took the time to do just that? 2016 is rapidly drawing to a close, so now might be a perfect time to take up pen and page, or computer, and start a list.
Look back over the previous months. What do you have to be thankful for? Start a list. Write it down. As you write from a thankful heart, thank God for what he has done, is doing, and will do.
Thank God for the things he gave you, and the things he withheld.
One of the things I am thankful for is you. Those of you who take the time to read what God gives me to write. I’m thankful for your comments that add to our conversation. I’m thankful for your support in my writing journey and your encouragement.
Don’t just focus on what some might call major “Yay, God” moments alone, such as healing from serious illness. But focus on what some might call the common everyday things as well. Thank God for the pastel palette of colors in each sunrise and sunset. The laughter of a child. The presence of a friend. Gas in the car. Heat in the house. Food on the table.
Be thankful for the things we sometime dismiss and overlook. They are all gifts from a God who loves us with an everlasting love.
We appreciate others expressing thankful hearts to us, right? Don’t you think God does too?
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Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100 (NLT)
I wish you well,
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