Happy Thanksgiving and Let the Countdown Begin

I love Thanksgiving.  Sometimes it is nothing more than a speed bump, crammed in between Halloween and Christmas, but it’s still my favorite food holiday  To add insult to injury, Thanksgiving seems to serve as the starting gun of the mad dash to Christmas.  Let the countdown begin.

Before we get too carried away, I want to take the time to remember a few things about thanksgiving.  Not the holiday, but the feeling.  The act of giving thanks shouldn’t be relegated to one day a year.  There are many things to be thankful for every day, yet I whiz by forgetting so many of them.  Nothing is too small to not be thankful, from a primo parking spot to a good hair day.  “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;  his love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1

My Savior.  “In Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28

My husband. Proverbs 18:22 says, “he who finds a wife finds what is good.” I don’t know of any similar verses for husbands. I wonder what that means? Anyway, I found a good thing in my husband, so we’ll just leave it at that.

My children. I gave up my selfish plans (and continue to do so every day) to receive as many blessing as God will give me. “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.” Luke 6:38 It’s definitely shaken together and running over around here.

My parents. We miss my mother, but are thankful we have my father here with us. He is a delight to my children. “May you live to see your children’s children.” Psalm 128:6

My friends.  From my childhood friends to people I just met, I have an abundance of people who care.  “A friend loves at all times.” Proverbs 17:17

My job.  “The work of their hands brings them rewards.” Proverbs 12:14  A job serves many purposes, paying the bills being the most obvious.

My memories.  Don’t take this one for granted.  My mother had Alzheimer’s, and it was very saddening to see her forget so many things and people that brought her joy.  “I thank my God every time I remember you.”  Philippians 1:3

My health.  I have had several health struggles in the last few years, and I am thankful that I am healthy today.  “You restored me to health and let me live.” Isaiah 38:16

Safety and security.  Things don’t always go according to my plan, but I really don’t have much to worry about.  And when I do, “he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent.”  Psalm 27:5

Abundance.  In feast and in famine, I have a lot.  Enough to get by and enough to share.  “You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.” Psalm 65:11

And now that I’ve kickstarted the thankful mode today, let’s not forget that we’re in the final stretch to Christmas.  I ordered my Christmas cards yesterday.  Have you gotten your’s yet?  Tiny Prints is having a Thanksgiving sale, 25% off all holiday cards and invites through today.  Use promo code DOD1121.

What are you thankful for today?


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