Friday, November 28, 2008

A Time of Thanks

I love Thanksgiving and honestly try to cultivate a heart of thanksgiving all year round. An attitude of gratitude as my kids and I are studying right now.
Here is a partial list of what I'm thankful for:
  • My loving, dedicated husband
  • My children--loving them, training them, enjoying them
  • The love and care of my heavenly Father
  • The amazing grace bestowed on me each and every day
  • Family members near and far
  • Friends (I love my friends.)
  • The freedom we have in America
  • All the comforts of home
  • The military men and women of our great land
  • The church--both local and universal
Certainly not an exhaustive list...I heard a message by David Jeremiah the other night and he told the story about a lady who started writing down things she was thankful for each day. Over the years she recorded notebook after notebook of 14,000 things she was thankful for. Since those notebooks have been published into a book called 14,000 Things to be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer. Simple things, profound things, forgotten things, favorite things; I think of it as remembering to take time to 'smell the roses'. Here I found a website patterned after the book. I do not know anything about the author of this book and website, however I know what the Bible says about thankfulness.
Just a quick glance...
I Thessalonians 5:18 "In everything give thanks for this is God's will for you, in Christ Jesus."
Ephesians 5:20 "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ:"

Come, ye thankful people come.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely thoughts!

    Our family just spent a month writing down at least one thing we are thankful for each day on paper leaves and sharing them on our "Thankful Tree". It was so much fun!