Thanksgiving is a time to gather together and spend time with loved ones – to get caught up and connect, and to enjoy one another’s company. It is a wonderful time to reflect upon all of the bounteous blessings we have received. I add my name to the list of those who are grateful for family, friends, freedom, and also ask for the Lords continuous blessings.
In these stressful times we need God’s blessings more than ever! Have you ever spent a few minutes thinking about how your blessings outnumber your difficulties? I spent a few minutes on the last flight home this past week, and it was enlightening! Not only did I forget about my problems by concentrating more on my blessings, I actually felt better – both physically and emotionally. We can always acknowledge heavens hand in our lives – and always count and recognize our blessings.
A thankful heart is a soft heart. Gratitude makes us feel better. Many scientific studies have confirmed that expressing gratitude does indeed make us feel better. – both physically and emotionally. One study showed that when people express gratitude in a journal every day, they saw great improvement of their overall well-being.
I started thinking about where the American holiday Thanksgiving actually came from. It’s appropriate to note that the Thanksgiving holiday has its roots from not just the Pilgrims who landed in Plymouth in the 1600’s, but also from a devastating time in our history – the American Civil War.
It was during the dark days of the Civil War that American President – Abraham Lincoln called for a day in November to be recognized in “Thanksgiving and Praise.” President Lincoln proclaimed “As the year draws to a close, it has been filled with blessings of fruitful fields and blessed skies. We have been blessed by so many bounties that we often forget the source from which they come. Other blessings have been added which are so an extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart that is habitually insensible to the everlasting providence of all mighty God.”
Sometimes we are being blessed even when we don’t realize it. If we were to just pause and reflect about all of the good in our life, we will see the good things in our life right before us, and that even better days are ahead of us. This is why we gather together and give thanks!
Count Your Blessings Not Your Burdens!
When I started counting my blessings, my whole life changed for the better! It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed at the same time!
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you want. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you don’t know something – it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow. It’s easy to be thankful for the good times.
Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you the opportunity for improvement.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary, because it means you’ve made a difference.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your challenges and troubles – for they can become your blessings.
I’m feeling Blessed for my Family, my Faith, my Freedom, my Friends, and enjoying the struggles that come along with trying your best every day!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!