Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks

Hi Retirees and other cherished friends.

It’s that time of year again. 
Halloween is over and Christmas is looming.  It is almost Thanksgiving Day.  The day we celebrate Thanksgiving and giving thanks.





What do you think of when you think Thanksgiving?  What are your family traditions?


Almost all of us, in the USA, first of all, think of enjoying a delicious turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day.  Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, candied sweet potatoes, and don’t forget the cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.



Thanksgiving dinner is served in remembrance of the first Thanksgiving dinner between the pilgrims and their Indian friends.


The Indians taught the pilgrims how to plant and grow vegetables.  The first Thanksgiving get together was to celebrate the harvest that would feed their families.



Another tradition people enjoy on Thanksgiving Day is watching the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on television.  And of course, there is the football for the men; and contemplating Black Friday Deals for the women.


Not that those things can’t be enjoyed by both sexes; but just that it is more common for the men to enjoy football and the women to enjoy shopping, right?




Some families go around the table after the meal; and each person tells something they are thankful for.  Then the pumpkin pies and other yummy deserts come on the scene.  Everyone then becomes thankful for the yummy sweet treats.



Thanksgiving is a time for the family to come together and enjoy a delicious meal.  And a time to remember to be thankful for our blessings.  It is a time loved by everyone.


Except maybe turkeys.




I feel like I would be remiss if I didn’t include a few Thanksgiving recipes.  Perhaps some of these recipes are already part of your Thanksgiving spread; but if not, you may want to add something new to your traditional fare.  I found this on YouTube and I thought it was a great collection of recipes.  I hope you can use and enjoy them.












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Giving Thanks


Thanksgiving Day comes once a year, and reminds us to be thankful for our blessings,  But giving thanks should be an attitude that we cultivate every day of the year.




We have so much to be thankful for; if we will simply take the time to count our blessings.  Why is it so easy for us to see all our problems, shortcomings, and flaws?  Yet we must dig deeply to see all the numerous God given blessings we all possess, if we will just take the time to recognize them.











I know some of you are thinking, “Yeah, well you don’t know what I’m going through right now.”  Yes, it’s true I don’t know what you are going through; and you don’t know what I am going through; but God does.  And He has asked us to give thanks in all things (not FOR all things).  There is a difference.


1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV – In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.


Giving thanks doesn’t depend on what we are going through.  During every time in our lives there is something to be thankful for.  So take the time to excavate.  Dig deeply and toss all the dirt of life aside to reveal the daily blessings for which we can be truly thankful.



If you have family and friends, that is something to be thankful for.  If you don’t, then be thankful for a warm house, clothes to wear, and food on your table.  If you don’t have those necessities, you can be thankful for God’s promises.


You will never truly be alone.  The world can forsake you; but if you give your life to God; He has promised to never leave you or forsake you.  If you feel weak; thank Him that He is strong for you.


2 Corinthians 12:10 KJV – Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions,in distresses for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then am I strong.


If you feel you have nothing to be thankful for; then you are believing a lie.  Even if there was nothing in your life to be thankful for (but there always is); you can be thankful that Christ died on the cross for our sins and that our sins are forgiven; if we come with a repentant heart.


Be thankful for your salvation!


It is helpful when we feel overwhelmed with problems or saddened with heartaches; to write all the depressing, painful and degrading things down on a piece of paper, and then burn it.




After all your problems and heartaches are burned up in flames; take a new sheet of paper and write down all your blessings, and all that you are thankful for.


No blessing is too small that it shouldn’t be counted.  It is often the small blessings in life that are the most meaningful and bring the most joy, comfort and peace.



When your list is finished, take time to pray and thank God for each of the blessings you have written down.  Save this list.  Add to it as blessings come to mind.  You will find that your problems don’t seem so large and overwhelming, when you take your eyes off of them, and begin to give thanks for your blessings.



Be thankful every day!


Practice having a thankful attitude and giving thanks for what you have, and you will find yourself being more joyful, peaceful and content no matter what the current circumstances are in your life.


Trust in the Lord.


Search and find Bible verses that teach you to trust in God’s sovereign care.  Use them to build your trust in the Lord.  They will give you peace and comfort if you believe they are true.


Here are just a few to get you started.


Proverbs 3:5 KJV – Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Psalms 34:22 KJV – The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

Romans 8:28 KJV – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.


Keep your ears and eyes open as you read your Bible, or devotional, or when you listen to a sermon.  If you look for verses on trust; God will provide.  Seek and ye shall find.







I hope you all have a truly blessed Thanksgiving!  And remember that every day is a day for giving thanks to God.


Acts 17:28 KJV – For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.


I trust you have enjoyed reading about Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks.  I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.  Please leave a note in the comment section below.


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