Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thanks be to God!

It's eleven days until Thanksgiving Day!  In last week's post I wrote about developing a lifestyle of gratitude and thanksgiving instead of just focusing on giving thanks only one day of the year.  I mentioned how keeping a daily gratitude journal has been life changing for me in that area.

But, what about those times when you're really struggling to give thanks, when you're going through a time of testing or trial in your circumstances or in a relationship?  It's at those times that you have to choose to have an attitude of gratitude.  Then go on a treasure hunt, (of sorts!)  Begin to search for the little things to give thanks for, in spite of your area of struggle. For example, "Thank you, God, for that wonderful first cup of hot coffee this morning!" "Thanks God, for the beautiful autumn colors on the tree in our front yard."  Next, look for something you see God doing in the middle of your difficult situation or something to thank God for in that person you're currently struggling with.  (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, November 12th, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)


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8 comments:

  1. After your post, I got back to doing the daily thanksgiving. As it turned out, this week with some disheartening news, it was helpful to write down the thankful things in spite of the disheartening news. It did help to just say thanks for what was in that one day. Another day to be thankful, in itself, is always a treasure. A beautiful blue sky. You are so right. Thanks for sharing. :)

    Peabea@Peabea Scribbles

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    1. I'm so excited that you are also making a daily thanksgiving list!

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  2. This reminds me so much of Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts! I always tried to search for the little things to be thankful for when the big ones are hard to find.

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    1. Ann Voskamp's blog and book was my catalyst for choosing to focus on thanksgiving as a lifestyle.

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  3. Such wise words today! Thank you for sharing these thoughts, Elizabeth.

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  4. Great advice, Elizabeth! I'm thankful for YOU and your encouraging and uplifting words! Thanks, friend! Blessings on your week!

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