In the USA, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. For the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving people begin to comment about how quickly the year has gone. You can almost feel it in the air. Everyone is in a bit of hurry. The calendar fills up with activities and parties. Sadly a day that was set a side as a day to stop, reflect, and be thankful has been overrun with a list of things that must be done.
So this is your invitation to pause, take a deep breath, and remember. Numerous times in Scripture God tells us to remember who He is and what He has done. Remembering what God has done for us fosters a heart of thankfulness and helps us to trust His faithfulness for the future. Remembering also helps us cultivate a heart of love and gratitude for those around us.
As you read this email, take a moment to stop. Reflect back on 2018. What are you grateful for this year? How has God shown Himself to you this year? Reflect on every person for whom you are grateful and for what you are grateful. Perhaps you want to write a list of gratitude
Now turn those answers into a time of thanksgiving and praise. Each person’s list will look different. Use the list below as a starting point.
Father, from whom every family on earth is named, we give thanks-
for time together as a family
for our continuing love relationship with You through Jesus
for our love relationship with each other
for life, health, bright minds, and physical safety
for food, clothing, a comfortable house, a clean bed
for enjoying being together with laughter
for the uniqueness of each one
for the rock of strength that prayer is for us
for faithful friends who encourage us by praying for our family
for seeing Your hand of grace at work in our lives as we experience more of You
for Your plan for our lives
for weaknesses through which You shows Yourself strong in us
for wisdom and guidance in daily circumstances
for strength for daily demands of job and family
for hope, peace, victory, satisfaction, and fulfillment
for financial blessings
for spiritual strength in spiritual battles
for Your patience in the testing, struggles, and refining that we grow through
for Jesus’ sufficiency for today’s grace
for forgiveness received and forgiveness extended
for hearts of obedience
for more than we could ever deserve!
List adapted from Journal Of Gratitude In The Empty Nest Season Of Life, Prayer Essentials For Living In His Presence Vol 1, from Prayer Essentials For Living In His Presence Volume 1 © 2008 by Sylvia Gunter.
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