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Thankfulness

We shouldn’t take anything for granted. The people we meet, the family we have, or the pets we enjoy. We shouldn’t take for granted a babies cry or laughter around the dinner table. Instead with every moment, a, “Thank you Lord,” should be on our tongue.


How many times have we allowed ourselves to get busy in everyday life, that we forget to be still and know that He is God.


“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10).


Jesus has blessed us with everything we have, including Himself. Yet day after day we tend to think about the next. We are always wondering what will happen tomorrow, or the next day after that. We are constantly thinking about next year and the things we must get done today. This should not be.


“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:31-34).


Therefore, we should look around our home and see the smiling faces, the laughter, and joy. We should also remember the tears and hardships that we all have endured together. Thankfulness needs to come from the heart. We should have thankfulness in our hearts and express them to God, because every day is a blessing. Every second should be cherished and seen as a moment of opportunity to thank God for what He has blessed us with. It’s time to stop the rush of tomorrow, next week, next year, and focus on what God has given us today.


Every little moment is a blessing, and we need to be thankful. Thanksgiving is not about the food, it’s about being thankful for what God has blessed us with. So, when you see family and maybe even friends, stop and look around. See the laughter and the smiles. See the babies cry and the joy of a child. Glance at the food and water that the Lord has blessed you with. Look around your home and realize how many blessings God has put there. Every child, every blanket, every couch, every dish, and countertop. Look around and see that God is good. We do not want to miss one moment and wish later that we would have taken a break to look around and be thankful for what God has done.


So, this thanksgiving realize that thankfulness shouldn’t just come once a year, but rather, 365 days a year. Because every day is a blessing from God.


Prayer

Jesus, I pray that everyone who reads this devotional realizes how many things You have blessed them with. Show them joy and laughter. Show them that You bring them good all the days of their lives. And Lord, help them realize that thankfulness should be in their hearts 365 days a year. May they always praise you and realize the great and marvelous things You have done for them. May You bless those who have nothing and remind them that every breath they take is a blessing. Help us all not take anything for granted, especially You. “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Help us praise You with our lips and shout for joy to the Lord. And when we praise Your name, may You look down upon the earth with joy. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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