100 Things To Be Thankful For


James 1 17

During this season of thanksgiving I thought it would be fun to make a list of some of the things to be thankful for. This list is short – there are countless things to thank God for. I challenge to you add to this list. May you be richly blessed as you give thanks.

  1. A Bed
  2. A Home Cooked Meal
  3. Ability to Choose
  4. Animals
  5. Aquariums
  6. Art
  7. Babies
  8. Baseball Games
  9. Beaches
  10. Bicycles
  11. Books and Libraries
  12. Braces and a pretty smile
  13. Bubble Baths
  14. Candles
  15. Candy
  16. Cards and Letters
  17. Chocolate
  18. Christmas Lights
  19. Christmas Stockings
  20. Christmas Trees
  21. Church
  22. Clothing
  23. Coffee and Tea
  24. Color
  25. Creativity
  26. Curiosity
  27. Cute Shoes
  28. Desserts
  29. Dishwashers
  30. Doctors and Dentists
  31. Education
  32. Family and Friends
  33. Family Traditions
  34. Fireplaces
  35. Fireworks
  36. Five Senses
  37. Good
  38. Fountains
  39. Four Seasons
  40. Forests
  41. Freedom
  42. Fresh Bread
  43. Fresh Water
  44. Gardens
  45. Gentle Rains
  46. Glitter
  47. Good Manners
  48. Google
  49. GPS
  50. Hair stylists
  51. Holidays and Vacation
  52. Hot Showers
  53. Hugs
  54. Imagination
  55. Jesus
  56. Jewelry
  57. Language/Communication
  58. Lipstick
  59. Medicine
  60. Mementos
  61. Memories
  62. Military and First Responders
  63. Movie Theaters
  64. Music
  65. My Home
  66. My Job
  67. Naps
  68. Pajamas
  69. Parks
  70. Pastors
  71. Paved Roads
  72. Pedicures
  73. Pets
  74. Photographs
  75. Prayer
  76. Puzzles
  77. Rainbows
  78. Right to Vote
  79. Salvation
  80. Saturday Mornings
  81. Second Chances
  82. Snow
  83. Spell Check
  84. Spices
  85. Stained Glass Windows
  86. Stop Lights
  87. Sun, Moon and Stars
  88. Sunshine
  89. Teachers
  90. Technology
  91. The Beach
  92. The Bible
  93. The Ocean
  94. The Radio
  95. Theme Parks
  96. Today
  97. Travel
  98. Trees
  99. Wildflowers
  100. Wine

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Thankfulness – Day 6


Day 6 mercies new every am

Loving and Forgiving God,

Today I thank you for the gift of forgiveness. Thank you for Jesus Christ so that through Him we may be forgiven. Thank you for the promise of eternal life.  Thank you for second chances and new opportunities to honor and serve You. Help us to also forgive those who have hurt us.

Lamentations 3:22-23

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Psalm 86:15

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious; slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

May you be able to accept God’s forgiveness and also forgive others.

Scripture: www.biblegateway.com

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Thankfulness – Day 3


Psalm 32 8

Generous God,

Today I thank you for all the teachers You brought into my life over the years. I thank you for my parents, School Teachers, Sunday School Teachers and those in positions of authority who taught me important life lessons. These teachers saw potential in me, encouraged me, and challenged me to become more than I was. Because of the faithfulness of these teachers I am where I am today. Lord, I thank you for the opportunities and ability to learn. Because of the education I received so many doors were opened to me. Help me use my education to bless others.

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Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Titus 2:7-8

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

Remember that you also have the opportunity to teach others and be a blessing to them.

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Thankfulness  – Day 1


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A popular exercise in November is to express our gratitude to God for His countless blessings. At the risk of being redundant, I want to do the same thing. God is indeed good, and I want to share His goodness with others.

In honor of All Saints Day, today I am thankful all those who have gone before us, who risked much down through the centuries, to protect and share the gospel message. It is because of the courage of so many men and women who risked their lives that many have had the opportunity to hear and respond to Jesus Christ. May we have the same courage to protect the message of Christ and share it with others.

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I pray that the Lord continue to rain down His blessings on you and yours.

Scripture: www.biblegateway.com

Images: Google Images, Pintrest

 

50 Reasons I’m Thankful for my Husband


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 50 Reasons I’m Thankful for my Husband 

Eighteen years ago I said “I do” to the most wonderful man I have ever met. I would do it all over again. We’ve had our share of ups and downs, joys and heart breaks, but our love and faith in God has sustained us. Today, I thought I would let you know why I love my husband so much. I pray blessings on your marriage, as you read about mine.

  1. I’m grateful he shares my faith in Jesus Christ.
  2. I am grateful to have a teammate as we face the challenges of life together.
  3. And reminisce over the life we have built together.
  4. I’m grateful he chose me to be his wife.
  5. I’m grateful he is an excellent father.
  6. And provider.
  7. And comforter.
  8. I’m grateful he’s good at things I’m not, like fixing computers and knowing what to do with the cars.
  9. I’m grateful he shares my love of cooking, and wine.
  10. And travel, and adventure.
  11. We love the same music.
  12. I’m grateful he maintains a few of his own interests, and lets me have a few of mine. It keeps life interesting.
  13. He fretted over me when I was pregnant and our children were born.
  14. He helped change the diapers
  15. And care for the kids when they were little.
  16. He appreciates and defends my role as a mom.
  17. He encourages me.
  18. His sense of humor.
  19. His service to our country.
  20. He’s a great role model.
  21. He helps with the laundry and dishes.
  22. He helps the kids with homework.
  23.  He’s a human jungle gym for the kids.
  24. He’s romantic.
  25. He spoils me.
  26. He always holds the door for a lady, not just me.
  27.  He’s a man of integrity.
  28. He doesn’t complain.
  29. He handles the yuckies in our house.
  30. His willingness to sacrifice.
  31. He knows how to talk to anyone.
  32. He doesn’t mind when I’m home for the night, comfortable and don’t look all that great.
  33. He volunteered to teach our son to drive.
  34. His willingness and encouragement to try new things.
  35. His loyalty (even to a losing sports team)
  36. That he calls me a couple times a day just to check on me.
  37. He always puts up the Christmas lights,
  38. And takes us to see fireworks (that can be metaphorical).
  39. He’s the most patient person I know.
  40. He supports me and my goals.
  41. He respects and loves his parents.
  42. And puts up with my family.
  43. Because he always remember special days, like today.
  44. Because he rubs my feet after a tough day.
  45. Because he will go shopping with me.
  46. And he shops for me; he really puts thought into gifts.
  47. The house is decorated pretty much the way I wanted it.
  48. So many little things he does that make me feel loved.
  49. I would rather be with him than anyone else, even if we aren’t doing anything.
  50. And because of things I won’t post on a public list. 

Ephesians 5:31

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

May your marriage be richly blessed.

Scripture: openbible.info

 

Being Thankful


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There is so much to be thankful for, we can’t even begin to count our many blessings. Still, we try to name a few of the things we are thankful for; it helps us to cultivate a grateful heart. Today Americans will gather in gratitude for all God has given us.

The word thanks, or thanksgiving, appears in the NIV translation 100 times, many times in the Psalms.  Here is a short collection of those beautiful verses.

1 Chronicles 29:13

And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. 

Psalm 69:30

I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving

Psalm 95:2

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

Psalm 100:4

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name. 

Psalm 118:28

You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you.

Mark 6:41-43

Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish.

Colossians 3:17

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

May you experience the rich blessings of Thanksgiving today, and always.

 

Scripture: Biblegateway.com

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Is Gratitude is a Learned Behavior?


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Ephesians 5:19-20

Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christmas is coming, and my children have presented us with their wish lists. The items on the lists are not inexpensive. Interestingly, they already have similar items. We don’t deny our children toys and electronic gadgets, but the items on their wish lists represent the newest, biggest, or best items in those particular categories.

I wonder what happened. We have tried to raise our children to be thankful for what they have, and to live within our means.

I think the “desire for stuff” is a learned behavior, and is detrimental to having a grateful spirit. Our culture bombards us with commercials of all kinds of products that say “buy me and you will be happy,” but that happiness is fleeting. It only lasts until the next better product comes along. It’s a vicious cycle.

How do we stop the cycle?

I believe gratitude is a choice. It’s a behavior; therefore we have personal control over the behavior. When things aren’t going the way we like, we can choose to wallow in self-pity, or choose to look at all the many blessings we do have. It’s then we may see how rich we really are.

One way to see our many blessings, and cultivate a grateful spirit, is to squelch the idea that we don’t have enough. The idea that we need more primarily comes through advertisements. So, we’re cutting off the TV as an experiment. While I can’t stop the flood of all the advertisements we are exposed to, I don’t have to bring them into my home. Let’s see if I can cultivate gratitude in my home, by eliminating what is detrimental to gratitude.

How do you cultivate a grateful spirit?

 

Have a grateful day.

 

Scripture is from www.biblegateway.com

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