Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Being Thankful

In the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the "Thanksgiving Feast", let's try to remember what the word thanksgiving means. It doesn't mean, let's see how many pieces of pie we can eat without becoming physically ill. Although many of us will probably do just that. Give yourself ten minutes, or even five. Close your eyes and think about your life. The life that God gave you. Are you thinking about positive things right now? Or the troubles you have endured this last year. In 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 it gives us instructions to follow:

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in ALL circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Our joy, prayers, and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. Obeying these three commands- be joyful, pray continually, and give thanks-often go against our natural inclinations. When we make a conscious decision to do what God says, however we will begin to see things in a new perspective. When we do God's will, we will find it easier to be joyful and thankful. Paul wasn't telling us to be thankful for everything that happens to us, but be thankful IN everything. Evil doesn't come from God, and we shouldn't thank Him for it. But when evil strikes, we can still be thankful for God's presence and for the good that HE will accomplish through our trials and struggles.

My family and I have endured many traumatic experiences this year and my friends, if it wasn't for our Lord carrying me, I couldn't have endured it. Still, we have SO much to be thankful for. Back in August I started a little journal of Gratitude. It has helped me to focus on my blessings. And I am amazed with every entry, how many blessings that I actually have. You should try it. I think you will surprise yourself.

I want to thank everyone who comes to visit my blog. I so enjoy sharing with all of you and really appreciate all the sweet comments. Praying that all of you have a blessed Thanksgiving Day, dear friends.

28 comments:

jovialjudi said...

Just wanted to wish you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving! Hugs, Judi

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Happy Thanksgivingto you and yours!
Hugs,
Marie

Barbara Jean said...

Blessings at Thanksgiving to you and your family sweet friend.

barbara jean

Dorthe said...

Dear Sonja,
A beautifull thanksgiving to you,thankyou for your dear comment, makes me very happy-thankyou for being my blog friend.
Hugs,Dorthe

Vicki said...

Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your family and thank you for adding my button!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Dear Sonya, what a lovely post and oh so true! Sending warm hugs your way for a bright and beautiful day filled with many blessings. wishing you and yours a happy day of thanksgiving. :) Tammy

Lynn Stevens said...

Thank you for a lovely post, I know I have a lot to be thankful for this year! I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful as well!

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