Thankfulness – Day 26


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Dear Heavenly Father,

Today we give You thanks for food. Lord, you have blessed us with an abundance and variety of foods and drink. You also gave us taste buds to enjoy the food You have provided. As we feast today keep us focused on You alone, the giver of all good things.

 Ecclesiastes 9:7

Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.

1 Corinthians 10:31

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Genesis 9:3

Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.

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 May your Thanksgiving Celebration be blessed.

Scripture: www.openbible.info

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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 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

 

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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Thanksgiving As We Know It Today


Here is some Thanksgiving Trivia for you. The link to the original article is at the bottom of the page.

Abraham Lincoln, father of the Thanksgiving holiday

By David Jackson, USA Today

Sure, the Pilgrims are credited with starting the tradition of Thanksgiving in America.

But declaring Thanksgiving Day a formal holiday on the fourth Thursday in November required a pair of presidents — two of the most famous, in fact.

Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

It was Lincoln who issued an 1863 proclamation calling on Americans to “set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving,” partly to celebrate victories in the then-raging Civil War.

“He’s the father of the whole idea of a nation giving thanks for its advantages and privileges of living in a democracy like this,” said Harold Holzer, historian and chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation.

Decades later, Roosevelt and Congress acted to establish Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November, in part to lengthen the Christmas shopping season.

Informally, the United States government had recognized periodic days of thanksgiving from the moment of the nation’s birth.

In 1777, a year after the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress declared a day of thanksgiving to celebrate a Revolutionary War victory over the British at Saratoga.

The first president, George Washington, declared a day of thanksgiving and prayer in 1789, partly to honor the new U.S. Constitution.

It took the trauma of the Civil War to make Thanksgiving a formal, annual holiday.

Lincoln issued his proclamation on Oct. 3, 1863, three months after Union Army victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, and at a time in which ultimate triumph appeared in sight. “There was a lot to be thankful for in the fall of 1863,” said Allen Guelzo, the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College.

Writing that the nation’s many blessings “should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged” by the American people, Lincoln declared: “I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”

(It should be noted that while Lincoln issued this proclamation, most historians believe it was actually written by his secretary of State, William Seward.)

The proclamation served a familiar purpose for Lincoln. “He was always looking for ways to unify the nation in a terrible time of war,” biographer Ronald C. White Jr. said.

Still, the idea of a formal Thanksgiving holiday had been gestating for a long time before Lincoln.

Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of the popular magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book, pushed the idea for years, petitioning Lincoln and his predecessors. (Thanksgiving was only one of Hale’s contributions to American culture; she also wrote the poem Mary Had a Little Lamb.)

After Lincoln, presidents issued annual Thanksgiving proclamations. In last year’s proclamation, President Obama said Thanksgiving Day is “a time to take stock of the fortune we have known and the kindnesses we have shared, grateful for the God-given bounty that enriches our lives.”

For decades after Lincoln, Americans traditionally celebrated Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, even if it fell on Nov. 30 — as happened in 1939, the end of an economically troubled decade.

Some merchants worried that a late Thanksgiving would cut down on Christmas sales and asked President Roosevelt to move the holiday up by a week – which he did, creating unanticipated havoc.

Some state governors objected, issuing proclamations of their own to keep Thanksgiving on Nov. 30. Other states recognized the Nov. 23 date. This created scheduling issues for holiday traditions ranging from family reunions to football games.

“It was just chaos for a couple of years,” said Bob Clark, supervisory archivist with the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum.

Congress eventually stepped in. On Dec. 26, 1941, less than a month after the attack at Pearl Harbor plunged the United States into World War II, Congress passed a law declaring the fourth Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day, where it remains to this day.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/26/thanksgiving-abraham-lincoln-franklin-roosevelt/3685975/

Have a happy and blessed holiday!

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

Image is from Google images

101 Things To Be Thankful For (At Least)


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My youngest child is eight, so we still play this “game.” Every year at Thanksgiving, we talk about the many things we are thankful for. We go around the table naming what we are thankful for, but we can’t repeat what was said before. After a few rounds, things tend to get pretty silly, but it makes the point – there are countless things to be thankful for. Here is our partial list, in no particular order. Please add to it in the comments section. May you and yours be richly blessed this Thanksgiving season.

  1. God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit
  2. The Bible
  3. Freedom to worship
  4. Pastors
  5. The church
  6. Prayer
  7. Family
  8. Friends
  9. Angels
  10. Stained Glass Windows
  11. Education and Teachers
  12. Ability to learn
  13.  Ability to see, hear, taste, smell and feel
  14.  Ability to hope and dream
  15. Clean Water
  16. Our Homes
  17. A comfortable bed
  18. Good, nutritious Food
  19. Medical Care and medicines
  20. Missionaries
  21. The four seasons
  22. Fireplaces
  23. Sunrises and sunsets
  24. Oceans
  25. The beach
  26. Sunshine
  27. Rain
  28. Waterfalls
  29. The Grand Canyon
  30. The Moon and Stars
  31. Mountain retreats
  32. Compass
  33. Fishing poles
  34. Clothing
  35. Coffee
  36. Chocolate
  37. Photographs & Memory books
  38. Good Books
  39. Jewelry
  40. Shoes
  41. Musical instruments, music and singing
  42. Recording equipment
  43. I Pads and computers
  44. Phones
  45. TV
  46. Good movies
  47. Jobs, meaningful work
  48. Cars
  49. Bicycles
  50. Sports equipment
  51. Stove & Oven, Pots & Pans
  52. Spices
  53. Dishes, glasses, flatware
  54. Curling Iron
  55. Soap & Shampoo
  56. Deodorant
  57. Lotion
  58. Swimming Pools & Water Parks
  59. Toys
  60. Crayons
  61. Glue
  62. Scissors
  63. Roads
  64. Traffic lights
  65. Pets
  66. Cruise Ships
  67. Dolphins & Whales
  68. Birds
  69. Bees & Honey
  70. Trees
  71. Flowers
  72. Candles
  73. Eye glasses
  74. Clocks
  75. Electronic reminders
  76. Hair Stylists
  77. Dentists
  78. Airplanes & trains
  79. Fountains
  80. Christmas Trees
  81. Umbrellas
  82. Ski slopes
  83. Fireworks
  84. Birthday parties
  85. Sharing a bottle of wine
  86. Picnics
  87. Puzzles
  88. Radio
  89. Bubble Bath
  90. Pedicures
  91. Rainbows
  92. Color
  93. Lights
  94. Electricity & Batteries
  95. Toothpaste & Toothbrush
  96. Laughter
  97. Dance
  98. Armed Forces, Police, and Fire Fighters
  99. Holy Communion
  100. Grace
  101. Heaven