This season is the perfect time for me to think about simply being thankful.
Every night, when my head hits the pillow, I try and tell God the 10 things that I am thankful that happened in that day. More often than not, it is the basic things in life that I am so grateful for; a roof over my head, food on the table, my wife and children, our health, etc.
When I communicate my thankfulness to God, I always feel closer to Him. In a way, it reminds me of when one of our children thanks me for something I did for them. Most of the time, I have forgotten that I’d done something for them, but it makes me feel so good when I know they appreciate whatever it is I’ve done.
Additionally, every so often, I will go back and thank God for major, major moments in my life where He held on to me and got me through some tough storms. As the years have gone by, it is amazing to me how that list has grown! I do my best to let Him know that I remember what He did for me and I am forever thankful.
Like Psalm 118:1 says, Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
So, sometime today (maybe after you’ve finished reading this blog post), take a moment to pause and reflect on everything you have to be thankful for. And remember, Thanksgiving doesn’t just have to be one day of the year. A thankful mindset is something we can practice every single day. Instead of focusing on the material things and the stress, let’s focus on the blessings that God has given us.
Keep Psalm 100 in mind: “… Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
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