Happy Thanksgiving! This is one of my favorite holidays because I’ve experienced the life-changing power of gratitude firsthand. Thankfulness is a year-round practice for my family – we even named our nightly family prayer sessions, “Thankful Time.” Every night, we gather together and pray, saying thanks to God for our blessings, recognizing we appreciate about Him, each other, our families, friends, and co-workers. We lift up prayers and gratitude about the ways he is working in our lives – through both good and “bad” situations. This practice has trained us to always look for God, even on the darkest days. We also use this time to pray for others.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. – Romans 8:28
This year, for Thanksgiving, I wanted to add a new layer to that practice. Now, every night as we pray, we each count the things we have to be thankful for, gather around our dining room table and add that amount of marbles to a clear cup. It has been awesome to watch the glass fill to overflowing with God’s goodness and blessings in just a few short days. We need a bigger cup! The visual element adds a powerful, visceral layer to the exercise, making God’s grace in our lives seem so much more tangible and alive. It’s so awesome to see that, even when we’re struggling, God still gives us so many reasons to be thankful. The truth is, he blesses us in more ways than we could ever count!
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. – Psalms 100:4
Reflection: Do you and/or your family have a regular gratitude practice? If so, I would love to hear about it. Please share it in the comments below! If not, how could your life change by purposefully looking for God in every situation, and taking the time to recognize Him regularly?
Weekly Wise Counsel: If you don’t already have a thankfulness ritual, consider starting your own Thankful Time, a gratitude journal, or getting your own “Overflowing Blessings” cup. There’s no day like today to start, and there are endless ways to get creative with it! I have a friend who uses stopping at stop signs as a trigger for her kids to shout one thing they’re grateful for. Whoever shouts it out first wins! Thankfulness is fun, easy, free, and always points our eyes back toward God.
Prayer: God, I am so thankful for every reader! Thank you for blessing their lives, families, and homes throughout this holiday season and the upcoming year. Thank you for helping them to recognize your great works in their lives today and every day. Jesus, you are SO GOOD! Amen.
Thanks for reading and happy Thanksgiving! Be blessed and bless someone today!
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Thanks again and God bless!