Practice Thanksgiving!

Happy are those who are thankful! A happy heart is a joyful heart.

Posted in , Dec 1, 2014

Practice Thanksgiving!

It is so easy to miss out on the spiritual blessings of Thanksgiving Day. We can get caught up with Christmas shopping especially with television advertisements airing sooner than ever. Some of us will even find ourselves on Thanksgiving Day in stores seeking great bargains for gifts.

Although Christmas is my favorite time of the year, I’m happy that in our country we have a holiday that calls us to be thankful. Thanksgiving Day is a great reminder of the necessary importance of thanking God for our blessings. 

Practice being grateful all the time! Photo Gustavo Frazao, Shutterstock.We give thanks for our country, military personnel, family, friends, job, home, health and so much more. In Psalm 103:2, Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.

What are the good things has God done and is doing for you? I have many but want to share a few things with you. I thank God for Elba, my wife of 33 years. Our partnership, love and friendship keep getting stronger.

I’m thankful for my two children; for their amazing lives and love for us. I’m blessed for the opportunity to write a weekly blog. Your comments and support encourages me.

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Barbara Ann Kipfer began keeping a list of her favorite things as a child. Soon the list became second nature; she found herself making additions while riding the bus, eating breakfast and even in the middle of the night. Twenty years and dozens of notebooks later, her list was published as a book titled 14,000 Things to Be Happy About.  

Imagine if each of us took time to think and write in our journal, tablet or smart phone about the things we are grateful for. If every day we jotted down something which we are thankful for, our world would be a happier place. The practice of thanksgiving produces joy and satisfaction. A thankful heart is a joyful heart. Happy are those who are thankful.  

What people, opportunities, challenges or changes are you most thankful for? Make a list. Practice thanksgiving and have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

My prayer is, O Lord teach us the art of giving thanks–every day.   

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