1 Chronicles 29:13
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
Psalm 107:8-9
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
1 Chronicles 16:34
34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalm 69:30
30 I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 100:4
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

November is one of my favorite months of the year.   Not only is it the month that we celebrate Thanksgiving, but it its also the month in which the Holiday Season starts.  I love the family gatherings, and of course, the food is wonderful too!  What I really enjoy is hearing what others are grateful for this time of year.  More so than ever, it seems that this is when most people hit pause, and really think about how blessed they are.

When I was growing up,  one of our family traditions on Thanksgiving Day, was to gather around the piano, for a couple of great gospel songs, the reading of scripture, and prayer.  After that, my dad would always ask each person to share what they were thankful for that year.  No matter how many people were there for Thanksgiving Dinner, we would patiently listen to each person’s gratitude list.   From the youngest to the oldest person in the room, everyone was expected to participate.  Although my dad is no longer with us, I am happy to say, that the family tradition that he started over sixty years ago, still lives on.

If you have small children please encourage them to share what they are thankful for. You will be surprised to know what’s tucked away in their little hearts.  In doing this, you and your family will be reminded of just how blessed that you really are, and how grateful you are to have each other.

Today I would like to share just a few of the things that I am grateful for this year, and I hope that it will inspire you to make a list also.
1.  I am thankful for my salvation.
2.  I am thankful that I was raised in a Christian home.
3.  I am thankful for the parents that God blessed me with.
4.  I am thankful for my wonderful and supportive husband.
5.  I am thankful that I am a mother to a beautiful daughter.
6.  I am thankful for my church family and the sweet friends that God has blessed me with.
7.  I am thankful that although I am dealing with some health issues, I am still here by God’s grace.
8.  I am thankful that I am blessed to have a ministry and career where I can speak to and share           with women about God.
9.  I am thankful for my siblings.
10.  I am thankful for the gifts and talents God has blessed me with.
11.  I am thankful for Fall days and colorful trees.
12. I am thankful for sun-shiny days.
13. I am thankful for the ability to appreciate things that are beautiful.
14. I am thankful that I am creative.
15. I am thankful for my home and that I have transportation.
16. I am thankful for peace in my life.
17. I am thankful that I have food in my pantry and water that runs from my faucets.
18. I am thankful that God is a God of a second, third, and fourth chance.
19. I am thankful that trouble doesn’t last always.
20. I am thankful that joy comes in the morning.
21. I am thankful that God will never leave me or forsake me.
22. I am thankful that I don’t have to worry about anything or fear anything because God is my protector and my place of refuge.
23. I am thankful that whatever I need God will provide.
24. I am thankful that no matter how hard things get, God will give me strength for each new day.
25. I am thankful that I will spend eternity with the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Hebrews 12:28-29

28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”[a]

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