Be Thankful!

November is here and it is the month of Thanksgiving. I love this month for several reasons: it is my birthday month,the trees are so beautiful, and I love celebrating Thanksgiving.

I like to dedicate the entire month to focusing on gratitude. A tradition I started at my house many years ago was to put out a small basket with a pad of paper and a pen next to it. The basket is known as the “Blessing Basket”. Each day each member of the household and whoever comes into the home is to write down one thing for which they are grateful for and put it in the basket. It can be anything, but the idea is to focus on the many blessings in our lives. Then on Thanksgiving Day, we read all the slips of paper. They are anonymous of course, but it really makes us realize how much we have been given.

I know I have much to be thankful for: a lovely home, two wonderful sons, a good job, restored health, and good friends. I am also thankful for the intangibles in my life: the fact that I have an intimate relationship with Jesus and the fact that I have been given so many gifts such as love, joy, patience, kindness, and faith.

What do you have to be thankful for, dear one? Start each day giving thanks. Learn to develop an “attitude of gratitude” and you will see how your outlook on life changes. So when your next challenge comes up, perhaps you can look at it from a new perspective.

Be Thankful!

November is here and it is the month of Thanksgiving. I love this month for several reasons: it is my birthday month,the trees are so beautiful, and I love celebrating Thanksgiving.

I like to dedicate the entire month to focusing on gratitude. A tradition I started at my house many years ago was to put out a small basket with a pad of paper and a pen next to it. The basket is known as the “Blessing Basket”. Each day each member of the household and whoever comes into the home is to write down one thing for which they are grateful for and put it in the basket. It can be anything, but the idea is to focus on the many blessings in our lives. Then on Thanksgiving Day, we read all the slips of paper. They are anonymous of course, but it really makes us realize how much we have been given.

I know I have much to be thankful for: a lovely home, two wonderful sons, a good job, restored health, and good friends. I am also thankful for the intangibles in my life: the fact that I have an intimate relationship with Jesus and the fact that I have been given so many gifts such as love, joy, patience, kindness, and faith.

What do you have to be thankful for, dear one? Start each day giving thanks. Learn to develop an “attitude of gratitude” and you will see how your outlook on life changes. So when your next challenge comes up, perhaps you can look at it from a new perspective.

An Attitude of Gratitude

This week I have been meditating on being thankful. I have so much to be thankful for, especially the great healing that the Lord is doing in me. God is so merciful and so faithful, it makes me want to weep when I think of His great kindness to me.

Thankfulness is a choice we make to focus on the positive things in our lives. There will always be negative things, but we give power to what we focus on. Phillipians 4:8 says “Whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely,whatever is of good report- if anything is of virtue or praiseworthy, meditate on these things.”

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude opens the doors of God’s abundance to flow to us. Whenever we think on negative things, when we are not appreciative, when we are critical, we shut the flow. Appreciating the little things in everyday life: like finding a convenient parking spot, or not having the electricity go out during a storm, or finding a twenty dollar bill on the street or even a penny for that matter. These are all signs of the Lord’s great love for us.

What do you have to be thankful for today? Are you focusing on the blessings in your life? Even if you are going through a difficult time or things did not work out the way you expected them to, it is still possible to be thankful because we know that “God causes all things to work for the good to those who love Him” (Rom 8:28).

Be of good cheer. For God, the Holy One of the Universe, has got your back today. Make time to give Him thanks and see how much better you’ll feel.

An Attitude of Gratitude

This week I have been meditating on being thankful. I have so much to be thankful for, especially the great healing that the Lord is doing in me. God is so merciful and so faithful, it makes me want to weep when I think of His great kindness to me.

Thankfulness is a choice we make to focus on the positive things in our lives. There will always be negative things, but we give power to what we focus on. Phillipians 4:8 says “Whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely,whatever is of good report- if anything is of virtue or praiseworthy, meditate on these things.”

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude opens the doors of God’s abundance to flow to us. Whenever we think on negative things, when we are not appreciative, when we are critical, we shut the flow. Appreciating the little things in everyday life: like finding a convenient parking spot, or not having the electricity go out during a storm, or finding a twenty dollar bill on the street or even a penny for that matter. These are all signs of the Lord’s great love for us.

What do you have to be thankful for today? Are you focusing on the blessings in your life? Even if you are going through a difficult time or things did not work out the way you expected them to, it is still possible to be thankful because we know that “God causes all things to work for the good to those who love Him” (Rom 8:28).

Be of good cheer. For God, the Holy One of the Universe, has got your back today. Make time to give Him thanks and see how much better you’ll feel.