Written by Donna Butler
The art of giving thanks has been lost at times. We forget to appreciate the little things and complain when it doesn’t fit what or how we think it should be. We say thank you sometimes just out of obligation without genuinely appreciating the time someone took to do a kind deed for us. We also take grace, be it from God or people, for granted and feel like we don’t have to say thank you because it is “owed” to us. If we actually got what we “deserved”, would we be thankful then? Gratitude just takes thinking outside of yourself. Remember…THANKS!
Think Humility Appreciate Name Kindness Savor
Think about the time, expense, thought, and cost/sacrifice of the gift or action done specifically for you. Remember, the person did not have to, they chose to.
Philippians 4:8 NET “…whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things.”
Humility is a modest or low view of one's own importance. You are not God. We don’t deserve all the praise and glory. We need to remember that and be humble.
Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
Appreciate means to recognize the full worth of… It is a verb which means there needs to be an action behind it.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Name, say the person’s name and the item or deed that was done in your thank you. Make it specific and meaningful.
Luke 6:31 “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
Kindness is a character trait. Enough said.
Colossians 3:12 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
Savor is a characteristic of taste, flavor, or smell, especially a pleasant one. Whatever we get is a blessing. So take time to savor the little things.
Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Whatever the case, being thankful has to be intentional…Just take time to give thanks.
Written by Melvina Jordan
For every sacrificial cranberry, jellied or whole.
For warm butter & dinner glasses clinked in unison.
For every late cousin, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew & friend.
For every child told to “stop running” or “sit down.”
For every inedible rejected new potato salad recipe.
For every leftover that filled lunch boxes for weeks on end.
For every angry neighbor whose parking spots were taken.
For every ball game & lost bet placed under a table.
For every last minute run for cinnamon, nutmeg or milk.
For every vacant place at every table where grandmas, grandpas & loved ones used to sit.
For every rehearsed & spontaneous prayer before we carved.
Lord, I'm grateful... for Thanksgiving.
Nothing missing, nothing broken in our hearts.
Lord, we remember.
Written by Lori Henson
"....giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in the Kingdom of Light…"
Oh to give thanks- it is so necessary this time of year. When we live a life of thankfulness in the Lord, what will that do in our lives?
Thankfulness provides a definitive trust to our heart. This means we can walk in the authority of what God can do. That kind of confidence in turn brings health to us and affirms who we are in Christ. Is this not nourishment to our souls which is our mind, will, and emotions? The Lord is kind to all and this kindness pours out through us to others. Finally, living a life of thankfulness plants the roots of stability of the Lord into our hearts. Therefore, let's make this time of year a meaningful time with family and friends. May we realize the necessity of giving thanks this season and beyond.
About Rays of Light:
Whereas most blogs are from one writer, these posts are from a variety of authors and styles. These scribes all attend our Kingdom Writers group. We pray our passion to share God's love through writing will encourage you today!
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