And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Happy Thankgiving! No, that is not a typo. You read it right.
When I was growing up, we would all pitch in and help with Thanksgiving preparations. I loved cooking in the kitchen with my mom and creating a pretty dining room table with her special china.
One year, when my younger sister was little, she made a poster for decoration. She was so proud of it and hung her poster right in the kitchen for us all to see. In large print, it read: “hApPy tHaNkGiViNg.” To this day, my family still says, “Happy Thankgiving!”
It’s a fun memory and tradition, but we all know that Thanksgiving is really spelled with an “s.” The “thanks” in it is plural. And, just like today’s verse tells us, we are to give “thanks” with an “s.” We don’t simply send one thank you prayer to God and leave it at that.
Our hearts are meant to say thanks to our Heavenly Father constantly. Everything in our lives—the good and even the not-so-good—are things we can be grateful to Him for. He can use all of it to help us grow into who He wants us to be!
ACTION POINT: This Thanksgiving season, start a gratitude journal. Name one thing each day that you can be thankful for. Write down a few things that might not seem positive, but you’re choosing to thank Jesus for them anyway.
Beth Frank loves Jesus, her hubs, three girls, and thinking creatively. Beth is a co-founder of KidzMatter and, along with her husband Ryan, publishes KidzMatter Magazine. Kidzmatter.com
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