Tuesday, November 22, 2011

That Thankful Time of the Year...

When the kids were little they would pray and thank Jesus for so many things, not just big things, but little things. It could Jesus, thank you for my doll, thank you for juice, thank you for my owie (and the cool bandaid). They had this way of praying from the heart and at that age they didn't take things for granted. Their prayers contained no flowery words, just the facts. One of the kids would pray for Brian like this; Jesus, Daddy, Amen! Maybe we need to be more direct in our praying as well.

Each year before we eat our Thanksgiving dinner we do the ABCs of gratitude. Let me tell you some of the letters its a stretch to find things, we are often thankful for zippers or zebras, xrays and xylophones.  The key is being thankful for all things, the big and the little. God provides it all and therefore he should be thanked for it all. So what little things are you thankful for?

Thanksgiving in the Psalms

Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. Psalm 95:2

Enter His courts with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:2

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 106:1

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 118:1

hmmm...those last two seem pretty similar! God trying to tell us something?

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
            His love endures forever. 
Give thanks to the God of gods.
            His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
            His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of heaven.
            His love endures forever.
Psalm 136:1-3, 26

As you prepare for this Thanksgiving, don't get so wrapped up in the details that you forget to be thankful!

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