Monday, October 24, 2016

Makes thanks your habit...

The stores are already filled with aisles of Christmas decorations!  I love Christmas, but it makes me sad that Americans spend 6 billion dollars on ghoulish Halloween decor,  and before it's even Halloween, out comes the push to start buying for Christmas.  I'm saddened by the way we overlook Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving should be more than a day, it should be the lifestyle of the believer, but the least we can do as a nation is to take one day to give thanks for all of the blessings God has given us.  I say we take back Thanksgiving and honor it for what it is, more than a day for feasting, but a day to give thanks.  And then, let's develop a thanksgiving lifestyle.  Why not start today?  A simple list of three things you give thanks for today is a good place to start.  If you keep it up, it may become a habit, and you may find yourself experiencing a joy-filled life.
Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)

-seeing God's blessings-even on the "gloomy" days
-a dry spell for my walk
-lots of loves from my grandson

-God's wholehearted love for us
-homemade Zuppa Toscana, bread and salad for small group
-the connections and prayer happening in our group

-foggy mornings-my favorite
-supporting a friend in prayer
-our neighbor asking questions about God

-facetiming with our two youngest granddaughters
-beautiful autumn colors on this rainy day
-encouragement right when we needed it
-having dinner with our two oldest grands

-a relaxing day off
-phone calls from our youngest daughter
-falling asleep to the sound of the rain

-a good report on some lab tests our daughter had
-this beautiful autumn day
-safe travels and a fun day going to Seattle and back with our youngest and her husband

-seeing a family who hasn't been at church in a while
-a baby dedication
-praying with others
-my great niece was born today!
-a fun evening watching the game with friends

still following,


  1. Beautiful Post and I couldn't agree more about the holidays. I have a small business and we offer Fall, thanksgiving and Christmas .. a couple years ago they started asking us to provide Christmas in August... I hadn't even released our Fall line. I just can't do it no matter how much people want it my earliest for Christmas is Late October for those who want to gift shop ahead of time. Oh my the world has programmed people in so many ways it's so sad. I'm with you Thanksgiving gets lost and it's really so important. Giving Thanks for such a beautiful post. Well Said.

  2. So totally agree.. I love/love Christmas.. But Thanksgiving is so overlooked.. We need to remember the blessings from God.
    I love your Thanksgivng blessings.. Such a wonderful blog post. God bless and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  3. loving many things of this post and nodding my noggin in agreement! i add porch (and a bit inside) decor for harvest, not the ghoulish. i ♥ thanksgiving! .. and the Voskamp quote brings it all to the heart of the matter. thank you.


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