Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Being Thankful

Thanksgiving is upon us and people are bustling about trying to finalize their travel plans and cooking details for their family celebrations. My resolution this year was to make every day a day of Thanksgiving. And with all of the negative news we are bombarded with on a daily basis, gratitude has come easy for me.

When we are filled with genuine gratitude, we will see our current circumstances as a gift, no matter how good or bad they may be. No, we may not have everything we want, but we are taken care of and we quickly realize that having a little is just enough. There are details in our life that aren't warm and fuzzy and we all have our own share of anxieties, but use this opportunity to thank God for where He has brought you and verbalize your faith to Him in where He is going to take you.

In 2 Samuel 7:18, David speaks a prayer of gratitude to God: "Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, "Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?" David is acknowledging that he is a small fish in a big pond, but yet God has taken care of him. David realized that God has constant provisions for him, no matter how big or small those provisions may have been. David was overwhelmed with gratitude.

We will be doing something a little different in the Bassett house this year.....one in which I hope to make a family tradition. We will each have 5 corn kernels on our dinner plate, which symbolize the daily rations the Pilgrims endured. With each corn kernel, we will go around the table and name 5 things we are thankful for, combining all of our kernels (or our blessings) in a basket. We will be able to see when we combine all of our kernels, God has taken care of us as a family and our blessings are much bigger when we put them all together.

So now, it is your turn to post. Tell us on this blog how you give thanks to God and what you are thankful for.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am so thankful for so many things! My family, my husband, our jobs, every way that the Lord has provided and taken care of us, such as good health, loving relationships, wonderful church in which we express our thanks to the Lord for his goodness toward us. I also try to thank him in my prayer time, for everything he has done, from the Cross, to everything he does for us on a daily basis.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Sara said...

I always begin my prayers each day and night with "Thank You God for this day and for my family.." No matter how rough the day has been, I feel like it's important to give thanks to God. I hope that is something that I will instill in my children.

K Storm said...

That sounds like a wonderful new tradition. Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Well I am thankful that I am living and breathing healthy. I am thankful for my family, my husband, kids, mom and dad church, God, jobs.

I am also thankful for wonderful weather persons such as Barbie, Paul, and Eric for keeping us up to date on stuff that we need to know to help save people's lives.

I am also thankful that I live in America where we can be free and also ALL of the troops overseas for making it all happen. Thank you troops.

Happy Thanksgiving to all

Pam said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Barbie! You are looking GREAT! It's always fun to see you when we work the polls. We're still enjoying those FRESH Tomatoes!
Pam & Richard