As you think about the future…give thanks and trust God…Even when life may be difficult, we should thank God for all He does for us- which we do not deserve.
Why wait until the fourth Thursday in November? Why wait until the morning of December twenty-fifth? Thanksgiving to God should be an everyday affair. The time to be thankful is now!
A little boy kneeling by the side of the bed looked up to heaven and prayed, “And now, God, let me tell you about the things I’m not thankful for.”
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
I can seldom read scripture now without tears of joy and gratitude.
Thanksgiving is a time of quiet reflection upon the past and an annual reminder that God has, again, been ever so faithful.
Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song.
Konrad von Gesner
Every little blessing is far too precious to ever forget to say “thank you!”
We cannot explain why these little signs mean so much to us. But the fact is that a word of thanks for some small thing can transform our day.
A spirit of thankfulness is one of the most distinctive marks of a Christian whose heart is attuned to the Lord. Thank God in the midst of trials and every persecution.
We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.
We give thanks this morning for the incredible beauty of this day, for the magnificence of life, and for our own individual potential still untapped. As we reflect on these blessings, we praise God for the good signs in our own lives- good signs of the past and good signs ahead.
Richard G. Capen, Jr.
Thanksgiving is good but thanks-living is better.
It is generally true that all that is required to make men unmindful of what they owe to God for any blessing, is, that they should receive that blessing often and regularly.
Joy untouched by thankfulness is always suspect.
The phone rang. It was my friend Annette. She had been going through a rough time. “I feel so alone,” she said. “I’ve even lost God and don’t know how to find him.” I’d felt the same way once, and told Annette how making a gratitude list had helped. “Write down the numbers one through fifty down the side of a piece of paper,” I explained. “Then go back and count the things you’re thankful for. And remember, it’s not the things you’re supposed to be thankful for, but the things you really are thankful for.” “Okay then, I’ll give it a try,” Annette said, hanging up. Not long after, the phone rang again. It was Annette. “I found him!” she exclaimed joyfully.
When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Life itself, every bit of health that we enjoy, every hour of liberty and free enjoyment, the ability to see, to hear, to speak, to think, and to imagine- all this comes from the hand of God. We show our gratitude by giving back to Him a part of that which He has given to us.
Think of 5 things you are grateful for today…Now how do you feel?
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Jesus, please teach me to appreciate what I have before time forces me to appreciate what I had.
Susan L. Lenzkes
God has two dwellings – one in heaven and the other in a thankful heart.
Some people confess a sin a thousand times, I tell them to confess it once, then thank God a thousand times for forgiving them.
Peace is seeing a sunrise or a sunset and knowing whom to thank. Unknown
God is pleased with no music below so much as with the thanksgiving songs of relieved widows and supported orphans; of rejoicing, comforted, and thankful persons.
If anyone would tell you the shortest, surest way to happiness and all perfection, he must tell you to make it a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything that happens to you. For it is certain that whatever happens to you, if you thank and praise God for it, you turn it into a blessing.
There is power in gratitude to heal us spiritually, emotionally, and relationally.
Kerry & Chris Shook
I thank Thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse they did not take my life; third, although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed and not I who robbed.
Henry Matthey, on the night he was robbed, he prayed this prayer
O, heavenly Father: we thank thee for food and remember the hungry.
We thank thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service,
That thy gifts to us may be used for others.
We can thank God for everything good, and all the rest we don’t comprehend yet.