Truly Thankful

O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalm 107:1)

Thanksgiving. What a beautiful holiday. A day where we stop and count up our blessings.

… or that’s the idea.

Thanksgiving, especially among Christians, is known as a day for giving thanks. But how often do we just say vaguely, “Oh, yes, I’m thankful for all God did,” or ‘I’m grateful for ___________”–and leave it at that?

Thanksgiving ought to be a real thing. Every day, we are called to give thanks in everything (1 Thess. 5:18). But on this day which is specifically set aside to be grateful, I think we should really be purposeful about giving thanks.

Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.” (Psalm 97:12)

Draw up a list. Write out….

  • the things that you’re grateful you have. 
  • The moments you got to experience. 
  • The people you’re grateful to have in your life.
  • The works that God did in your life this year.
  • The things you learned.
  • The areas you grew in.
  • The little pleasures (or big ones) of the year.
  • The things that He’s brought you through or given you throughout all your life.
Look at your blessings for real! Nothing is too small or too big to write down. Count your blessings and I promise you will see what God has done for you. 
Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the people.” (1 Chronicles 16:8)
Then share some of those things with someone. Encourage them in the Lord. Bless them by sharing His works with them. Sing His praises! Let people know what an amazing GOD you have!

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto Thy Name, O most High.” (Psalm 92:1)
Take time to speak with God personally in prayer and thank Him for what He’s done for you. Praise Him for His wondrous works & ways. Take time to read His word & really meditate on what He’s done for us & given us and continues to do for & give to us. Our God is awe-inspiring! Worship Him!
O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto Thee for ever.” (Psalm 30:12)
And remember to keep being grateful & thanking Him & worshipping Him. When you feel like grumbling, thank Him for 3 things. When you feel worried, praise Him for 3 things. When you feel angry, thank Him for 3 things. Keep on seeing what God does for you & find JOY in it! 
Just be truly thankful. 
“The blessings that you take for granted someone else is praying for.” 
When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed;
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost;
Count your many blessings, name them one by one, 
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. 

Are you ever burdened with a load of care? 
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear? 
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly, 
And you will be singing as the days go by. 

When you look at others with their lands and gold, 
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold. 
Count your many blessings, money cannot buy 
Your reward in heaven, nor your Lord on high. 

So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all; 
Count your many blessings, angels will attend, 
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Count your blessings, name them one by one; 
Count your blessings, see what God hath done; 
Count your blessings, name them one by one,     
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. 

-Johnson Oatman, Jr. 

Published by Katja L.

Hello! :) I'm Katja. I'm a Canadian bibliophile, book reviewer, writer, and child of God. I love too many things to name, but among them are chocolate, heirlooms, history, fancy handwriting, grammar & punctuation, laughter, tearjerking books, lists, organized bookshelves, pink roses, flowing skirts, hymns, and pretty much anything old-fashioned, beautiful, & classy.

6 thoughts on “Truly Thankful

  1. Wow, Katja! I loved your category list, I’ll have to write an expanded blessings list out in my journal…. Have a wonderful thanksgiving!

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  2. Love this, girl!! I was already focusing on thankfulness before I realized that it’s already October and Thanksgiving’s coming round again 😉 and this encouraging reminder is what I needed to keep pursuing a thankful heart!!!

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  3. Amen, Katja! If more people were truly grateful for God’s abundant blessings, this world would be a much better place. And it doesn’t need to be Thanksgiving Day for us to give thanks; we should be grateful every moment of every day. I also try to remember to thank Him for the trials I go through. I cannot see the whole picture, but I know that EVERYTHING will work to the good for those who love Him.

    Oh, and I loved the poem. 🙂

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