Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. — 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Like many families who enjoy a big meal at Thanksgiving, we started a tradition when the kids were little to go around the table and have each person tell what they are especially thankful for. Over the years it has been both fun and encouraging to see the list grow from items like toys, cats, and pumpkin pie to jobs, relationships, and family. Now that our children are growing up and starting families of their own, I hope this tradition continues. I can’t wait to hear what my grandkids will thank God for!
At this time of year, we’re supposed to be mindful of all our blessings and be especially thankful. While I love this traditional time to pause and thank God, to make sure we’re not taking all that we’ve been given for granted, I also encourage you to make it an ongoing practice. Thanksgiving is truly a holiday that should be celebrated throughout the year.
Today let God see your spirit of gratitude as you recognize all that He’s given you during this past year. Let your praise for Him be an ongoing part of your relationship with Him every day.
When I stop and count my blessings, Lord, I’m amazed at all you give me. My heart overflows with gratitude for my family, friends, home, and all the little daily things I sometimes take for granted. Thank you, God!
Excerpted with permission from Daily Power: 365 Days of Fuel for Your Soul by Craig Groeschel, copyright Craig Groeschel.
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What are you thankful for today? How cultivate greater gratitude this year with yourself and your loved ones? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!