Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. (Psalm 100:4)
What comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving?
- Family Gatherings with plenty of food and drink. Do you partake in the traditional turkey dinner, cranberries, candied yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and more?
- Thanksgiving Day kicks off the holiday season – Let the shopping begin!
- Partying and watching holiday parades and football games.
- Do you take time to truly thank God in prayer and thanksgiving?
The act of thanksgiving toward God should be done everywhere—everyday—by everyone! It is not just an American holiday; neither should it be limited to one day a year.
In our home, we tried to make Thanksgiving Day special. When our girls were younger we’d make favors to place on each one’s plate. This could be a handcrafted beaded Indian corn or a pinecone turkey to serve as a place card. One year the girls decorated a small Thanksgiving journal where everyone would write what they were thankful for and then share it around the dinner table. The one I love the most is a blank scrapbook page decorated with stickers and die cuts. Each person’s name served as a heading for each one to list all the things they were thankful for that year. I still have those pages and they are a treasured keepsake! I thank my God upon every remembrance of you ~ Philippians 1:3
As Thanksgiving Day approaches, consider what Thanksgiving means to you. Ponder the many wonderful blessings you enjoy and keep a grateful heart!
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful ~ Colossians 3:15
Thank you, Lord, for your goodness, for your love and all the many blessings you give your children. ~ But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. ~ Psalm 13:5
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