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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 14:28

Giving Thanks Before Thanksgiving Day

Giving Thanks Before Thanksgiving Day

 

I was taught by my mentor that the best way to get through the feeling of lack is to make a gratitude list. One day when I was challenged with the feeling of despair that I would not be able to overcome my financial struggles, I decided to take the counsel of this wise individual and make a gratitude list.

I purchased a pretty journal, turned on some meditation and spa music, and got to work.

Page after page I found myself writing down the many gifts that God had bestowed upon me which included individuals I dearly loved who had passed, others who left my experience for various reasons, family members, pets, friends, good health, and overall experiences including the ones that were not harmonious because those tried, tested, and refined me.

I continued writing down how grateful I was for all the things that I had like a home, furnishings, a bathtub, a shower, food, clothing, hot water, air conditioning, heat, a vehicle, my body, my everlasting relationship with God through Christ, all the healings I had experienced and the many other gifts I had been given over the years. By the time I was finished, my journal was almost halfway full of thanks!

Since that day, I have filled many journals, and still to this day, when despair seems to sway me away from my path, I count my blessings by turning my focus on the abundance I have already.

This practice reminded me of the song “Count Your Blessings,” from the classic movie White Christmas, written by Diana Krall and sung by Bing Crosby.

“When I’m worried and I can’t sleep

I count my blessings instead of sheep

And I fall asleep counting my blessings

When my bankroll is getting small

I think of when I had none at all

And I fall asleep counting my blessings

I think about a nursery and I picture curly heads

And one by one I count them as they slumber in their beds

So if you’re worried and you can’t sleep

Count your blessings instead of sheep

And you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings”

I believe that we have many reasons to be thankful and many people to thank whom may have been overlooked, underappreciated, and forgotten because we became distracted with what we have yet to achieve. There is no need to wait for Thanksgiving Day to express gratitude for all the good in your life or to those individuals whom would love to hear a thank you from you.

In Ephesians 1:16, the apostle Paul wrote, “I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers” (ESV).

Before, during, and after Thanksgiving Day, let us be grateful every day for all that we have even as we wait for our heart’s desire to be fulfilled.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving, every day!

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