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Attitude of Gratitude

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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It seems the custom of expressing thanks is slowly diminishing. In recent years I have sent any number of gifts to individuals for weddings, birthdays, graduations, etc. and have not received any sort of thanks. Even though the idea of sitting down and writing out a thank you now seems to be obsolete, the idea of saying thanks should never become outdated.

I have seen recent posts on social networking sites of individuals listing on a daily basis things they are thankful for. It is amazing the uniqueness of these posts in expressing thankfulness. I am sure as a person sits down and begins to list those people and things they are thankful for, their hearts swell up with an “attitude of gratitude”. Oh, how blessed we are!

That would be my challenge to you. Although it is not necessary to post it on line, begin to make a list of everything you are grateful for. I am sure after you only have a few items on your list, you will begin to realize the magnitude of your blessings. As the old hymn states, “Count your many blessings, name them one by one.”

Here is a link to the hymn, “Count Your Blessings” by Mia Padua

The scripture admonishes us to “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:181 Thessalonians 5:18
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18 in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus to you-ward.

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Calorie Free Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

thanksgiving turkeyThe centerpiece of Thanksgiving is a enormous meal, generally centered around a large roasted turkey and stuffing. Additionally, there are usually mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberries, salads and an endless assortment of desserts, including the most popular pumpkin pie and whipped cream. It is definitely not a day to be on a diet.

Did you know there are some things you can partake of on Thanksgiving Day that contains zero calories?

For appetizers: greetings and embraces. These can be shared and/or received. Warm greetings and embraces are always welcome. How great that makes us feel.

The main course should include table grace, warm companionship, sharing of memories, listening and gratitude. As you begin to share with others you realize you have many blessings.

And, finally, for dessert there is contentment of spending the day with loved ones and friends and realizing that you have so much to be thankful for. All of this  is free of calories.

Eph. 5:20Eph. 5:20
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20 giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;

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states, “always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father.” 

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A Week of Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

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Colossians 4:2Colossians 4:2
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2 Continue stedfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving;

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states, “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” This verse admonishes us to always be in a thankful attitude.

I once read an article by an unknown author about giving thanks. It stressed the importance of giving thanks every day of the week as well as some of things you can give thanks for. I would admonish each of us to do the same thing this year.

Someone has defined gratitude as “learning to recognize and express appreciation for the benefit which we have received from God and others.” Begin by choosing a particular week around Thanksgiving and do the following:

Day 1:    Read the following verses from Colossians on thankfulness – 1:3, 1:12, 2:7, 3:15, 3:17 and 4:2.

Day 2:   Make a list of all the material and spiritual blessings you can think of that you have received from the Lord. Then stop and thank God for each item on the list.

Day 3:    Make a list of each member of your family. Next to each name write one quality about their life for which you are grateful and then thank God for that family member.

Day 4:    Make a list of other individuals who have blessed or touched your life in some way.

Day 5:    Call or write three people on the list you made yesterday.

Day 6:    Paul instructed the Ephesians to “give thanks always for all things. . .” Ephesians 5:20Ephesians 5:20
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20 giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;

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– As you go through the day, try to consciously take note of all things and thank God.

Day 7:    Make a list of past or present circumstances, events, trials or relationships for which you may never have given thanks. Then, as an expression of faith and an exercise of obedience, say, “Lord, I choose to give you thanks for_____________________ and _________________________, which you may never give me privilege of understanding.”

Of course, this list only gives us some ideas of things to be thankful for. God may bring other ideas into your mind of ways to give thanks.

Let’s begin to have an attitude of thankfulness and have a “Week of Thanksgiving.” Then, let’s keep the thankfulness alive for every 365 days of the year.

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Giving Thanks

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

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This blog was published in SBC Voices on 11/24/2010. 

The website is:  http://www.sbcvoices.com/giving-thanks-by-alberta-fisher/

Thanksgiving is the act of giving thanks to a person or to God. It should be a genuine expression and acknowledgement of what has been done for us.

Ephesians 5:20Ephesians 5:20
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20 giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;

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admonishes us: “Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father.” There are so many things to be thankful for.

First of all, we should give thanks to God for the new life we have in Him because He gave us the gift of His Son. II Corinthians 9:15 states: “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.”

We should also be thankful for the daily provisions of God. “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:19Philippians 4:19
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19 And my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

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Be thankful for your family. Regularly express to family members how thankful you are for them. Do thoughtful and caring acts on a daily basis.

Be sure to express thanks to your friends and brothers and sisters in Christ. The apostle Paul was a good example of writing thank you notes to his fellow laborers in Christ. His writings are overflowing with words of thankfulness to those who aided him in sharing the gospel and providing for his physical needs. Are you thankful for your church family?

For many years now I have made it a practice to select one or two female acquaintances who have ministered to me in a very special way throughout the year. I write them a little note of thanks to show appreciation. Many later express to me they were surprised to receive a note because they did not know of their kind act and how it had ministered to me (sometimes it was just an encouraging word at the right time.)

It is difficult to separate “thanks” from “giving”. The two are closely intertwined. As you begin to become more thankful, your natural inclination is to “play it forward” and begin to give to others.

Giving thanks should become a high priority in our lives – not just at Thanksgiving!

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