In Everything, Give Thanks

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November is a month that shows us how blessed we are, and reminds us to be thankful for the things we have been blessed with. But whether we are in the month of November, or March, or any other time of year, we should learn to give thanks all the time.

“In everything, give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:18~

  • In times of mirth and happiness,
  • In moments of great fear,
  • In the days of quiet solitude,
  • In sharing smiles and in cheer,
  • In the joys and in the sorrows,
  • In your hopes and in the doubt,
  • Giving thanks in everything,
  • Is what life is all about!
~Written by Yours Truly {I do not wish to place a copyright on this. You are free to share this if you think it would bless someone.}


Today is Thanksgiving! For me, as well as many of you, that means big family gatherings and “stuffing” yourself like the turkey you’ll eat for dinner. To others, it may be a small feast with not a lot of people. Many of you have special Thanksgiving traditions that you have followed for years, or maybe you are starting new ones. Yet, it doesn’t really matter what you’re doing, as wonderful as they may be, but why you are doing it.

Some people may just view Thanksgiving as another holiday when they get a couple days off work, eat a bunch of delectable food, and watch football on TV. If you were to ask them what the purpose of Thanksgiving was, they just might rattle off the well-known basics such as, “Oh, yeah, we have Thanksgiving because the Pilgrims came over from Europe and ate a big feast with Squanto and his Indian friends, and it’s just a big day where everyone is supposed to feel thankful.” Isn’t it?

Although Abraham Lincoln did make this day of thanks a national holiday to commemorate the three-day celebration of the harvested plenty and a new relationship between our forefathers and our neighbors, the Native Americans, that isn’t what the true meaning of the word “Thanksgiving” is all about!

According to Dictionary.com, being thankful means to be “feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative“. Synonyms include “content, grateful, indebted, overwhelmed, pleased, relieved, and satisfied“.

Being thankful is not just supposed to happen every fourth Thursday of November. It is something we should practice every single day! In the good times, in the bad times, the in-between moments, the Bible commands us to give thanks! The best time to give God praise is exactly when you don’t feel like it.

One of the most used Bible stories to exemplify this precept, is that of Paul and Silas when they were beaten and put in prison for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When they began to praise and worship the Lord, the walls of their prison shook, and the chains of ALL the prisoners were loosed! None of them escaped, even though they could have if they wanted to.

All Paul and Silas’s troubles were used to bring glory to God. They knew He had something wonderful in store for them, even if they couldn’t see what it was. They praised the One Who is in control of everything, and because of their righteous attitude toward their suffering, it brought the souls of the jailor and his entire family to Christ! And they didn’t even have a Thanksgiving holiday. Oh, did you catch the part where the praise Paul and Silas gave to God, not only loosed their own chains, but those of every prisoner in that jail? When you give God the glory, He not only breaks your chains of fear, doubt, depression, etc., but frees the people around you that are struggling with their own mental prisons!

One soul is worth 10,000 worlds, and all Heaven rejoices when ONE soul comes to the Kingdom of God! I imagine Heaven was in an uproar on that day, and all the pain those two men of God went through was more than worth it to them, and their Creator!

Do you see how important your praise is to the Lord? Even in the valleys, God is good, and He will make your trial a blessing, and make it turn out for your good, no matter how terrible your life seems to be!

Remember, there is always something to be thankful for! You know the last 57 breaths you took while reading this post? Those eyeballs you’re using to read this post? Those things are amazing gifts of God! We take so many things for granted, completely look over them. But the little things that we forget about are just as important as the “big things”!

There are so many people in this world full of pain and suffering. Maybe they just lost a loved one. Maybe they live in an abusive home. Maybe they got fired from their job, and now have no way to make ends meet. What if they are homeless? The list may go on and on, so let us remember to take the time to keep these people in our special prayers. There is always something to be thankful for, even in those kind of situations. If you don’t believe me, just try for a few minutes to think of all the good things in your life the next time you go through a hard trial. You’re still alive. The sun is always shining, even if we can’t see it. There are still good people in the world who care.

I care, and I wish I could help every single person out there who needs it! Most importantly, Jesus Christ cares. If you know Him as your Personal Savior, He gives you peace, comfort, contentment, and so much more, even in the midst of your toughest battle! Life is never a bed of ease, and becoming a Christian does not change that. But it does give you a reason to live, not just on earth, but Eternally in Heaven!



On this Thanksgiving holiday, remember to count your blessings. But don’t just limit it to one day! Keep counting them every day! and that brings me to the challenge I have for you: Every day for the next week, set aside five minutes of your time to write ten things you are blessed with. Be specific! Try not to use group words like “parents”, or “friends”. Name each of them. You may find that by thinking about things individually, you have a deeper sense of gratitude for each person, place, and thing. You will probably come up with a bunch of ideas you hadn’t thought of before! The challenge doesn’t have to stop at the end of the week! You can keep it up as long as you wish! But my point is, don’t let a day pass without giving God praise for what He has done!

I’d be so “thankful” if you’d drop me a comment about your thoughts on Thanksgiving!

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