With Thanksgiving, or Counting Our Blessings

Happy Thanksgiving

For those of you who have noticed, it’s been about a week since my last post. The reason for this is 3-fold.

  1. My family and I moved (again) and have been trying to settle in.
  2. I felt a need to take some time away from writing and the Internet to re-focus my relationship with God, and
  3. God impressed on me to spend this time to be more intentional with my sons.

It’s been a blessing, to say the least. I’ve been blogging for years but only when I had the free-time, though in recent weeks I’ve been pushing myself to publish something everyday or every other day; couple that with a much welcomed influx of hours at work and the move and it’s been a perfect storm to steal the joy of writing and to make it a chore to check off the list. But taking this time away has reminded me that blogging is something that I find joy in and for that I am thankful.

With Thanksgiving

This consideration of being thankful comes at a perfect time. Today those of us in the United States are celebrating Thanksgiving and around the country people will gather around the table with family and friends considering what they are thankful for. Some of those tables will be big, some small; some relaxed and some formal. Some will be calm and welcoming, others may be a little crazy and… exciting.

This reminds me of a few Thanksgivings in years past…

Some people will be left out while some will purpose to be left alone. Whatever your situation, I encourage you to consider the blessings in your own life. My goal this year is to think beyond the major blessings to the small, overlooked and sometimes difficult ones that God has used/is using to grow me in obedience and maturity.

I wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving and hope that you are with the ones you love today.

1 Corinthians 1:4-5
“I always thank God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in Him you have been enriched in every way – in all your speaking and in all your knowledge…”

Philippians 4:6-7
“…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything with prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Colossians 3:17
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

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