Thanksgiving: an expression of thanks, especially to God (dictionary.com).
Wow. That's interesting. The word thanksgiving is set apart in the dictionary for being particular to God.
'Tis the season, right? But let's not write it off so flippantly. This is a great opportunity for us to really dig into living a life of gratitude; of thanksgiving.
It's not just about being thankful for our family and friends, our food and shelter. Those are important, but let us look beyond that--into the depths of living. Into the details of life around us. And not just for what we see as "good".
Thanksgiving is the evidence of our acceptance of whatever He gives. Thanksgiving is the manifestation of our Yes! to His grace.
Thanksgiving is inherent to a true salvation experience; thanksgiving is necessary to live the well, whole, fullest life.
Job rebukes his wife after she scolds him for not cursing God due to his troubles:
He replied, 'You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?'
God is still God whether He is blessing us or not. Is He still not due thanks? Strip away all we have and He is still worthy of thanks.
How much more should we live a life of thanksgiving with all He has given us?
DaySpring has a beautiful line called the "Ever Grateful Collection".
Ever means at all times or continuously. Isn't that just so fitting?
Let's use Thanksgiving--the one time a year holiday--as a day set apart to celebrate God in a BIG way. We can use this day to form a new, but meaningful, tradition.
To begin a life of thanksgiving.
To be ever grateful---for everyday.
You can also use this time as a renewal of continuing on in the life of gratitude. Include your husband, include your children. Challenge your extended family to take a closer look at what they've been given. And together? Celebrate God!
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