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Feeling Gratitude, Giving Thanks

22 Nov

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“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:1-5

As we prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday many of us are readying ourselves for the simultaneous joy and apprehension that often accompanies the gathering of families. Perhaps you picture the Rockwellian family ideal ― breaking bread, gathering, sharing, reflecting, loving togetherness or maybe instead, your table…

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10,000 Reasons to Give Thanks|Bless the Lord

28 Nov

10000“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” –1 Thessalonians 5:18

The commonly painted portrait of the first Thanksgiving depicts the Native Americans and Plymouth settlers casting aside their divergences to break bread together in a celebration of thanks that surmounted their mutual suspicion. These early hunters and foragers were thankful for the autumn harvest that would potentially see them through the harsh East Coast winter. They were truly grateful for God’s provision.

Today many of us will gather with family over a meal and reflect on the things we are thankful for. Break out of the perfunctory mold and reach deep. 

“For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God” –2 Corinthians 4:15

  • God is glorified more fully when we feel thankfulness, not when we only say, “Thank you.”
  • Authentic heart-feelings are not in our control. We can’t make ourselves feel thankfulness. If our hearts are not moved by God’s goodness, we are ungrateful. Thankfeelings are a work of grace.
  • Therefore, as fallen sinners whose hearts are often dull, we should regularly pray for God to overcome our sinful hardness, and cause us to see his goodness and feel thankful.

–John Piper Thanksgiving, Thanksfeeling, and the Glory of God – Desiring God

 

10,000 Reasons to Give Thanks

“For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:5

“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,” Nahum 1:7

“You, Lord, are enthroned forever; Your throne endures from generation to generation.” Lamentations 5:19

“God, be exalted above the heavens; let Your glory be over the whole earth.” Psalm 57:11

Excerpt from: 10,000 Reasons to Give Thanks – Mentoring Moments

Additional links:

Five Truths About Thanksgiving – Desiring God

What Does It Mean to Bless God? – Desiring God

Thankfulness is Something to Practice — Life As Mom

8 Nov

Thankfulness is Something to Practice

OCTOBER 30, 2011

When I was growing up, my mom would typically prompt Thanksgiving table conversation along the lines of, “Let’s go around the table and share something we’re each thankful for.”

Cringe. Shudder. Sticks out tongue. I hated that. (Sorry, Mom.)

Not only was I put on the spot, often “getting” to go first, but I felt embarrassed and awkward to voice aloud something that someone else might think was dumb or corny. Know-it-alls do not like to be perceived as dumb or corny. And I was most definitely a know-it-all.

Nowadays, I also realize that I just wasn’t a very thankful kid.

I always wanted something more. What we had certainly wasn’t as nice as what someone else had. I was the one crouching down in the backseat of the car when my mom stopped at garage sales or hiding in the racks at Kmart if I saw a kid from school.

Forget the fact that they were in Kmart, too! I perceived my parents’ frugality as a sign that we lacked something.

In reality, I didn’t know how good we had it.

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