Is Thanksgiving Over?
I love this month, and it’s emphasis on being thankful. I feel like our focus on thankfulness in our home as well as the focus of thanksgiving in church and school affects our children’s attitude for the better. I have noticed subtle changes in my children in their being more content and their ability to enjoy each other.
So now that Thanksgiving is over, is thanksgiving over?
In church, we had a wonderful Sunday School, Sunday morning church service and a Tuesday night praise service. Tuesday night’s service is my most favorite service of the entire year. It is informal, yet everyone shares verses about God or how God has worked in their lives this past year. I cry every year as I listen to God’s people praise His name.
So now that the Thanksgiving praise service is over, is thanksgiving over?
Our last paper strip from our Thanksgiving themed family devotions has been stapled on our paper chain which now reaches over all the windows in our upstairs hallway and curves to the hallway leading to the kids’ rooms.
We are ready to move on to Anne Voskamp’s Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas.
So now that we move to worshipping the Savior come as a babe, is thanksgiving over?
Today, we will meet with my family for dinner at noon. Before we eat, we will all say something we are thankful for in this past year. It is a special time as we reflect on the wonderful things God has done for us.
Then tomorrow, we will put up our tree, start our Christmas baking, and finish our Christmas shopping.
So when the Christmas rush is here, is thanksgiving over?
And . . .
- when kids are sick or
- when money is short or
- when arguments have been had or
- when things don’t go according to plan or
- when parenting is hard or
- when someone special passes away or . . . or . . . or a million things could be said . . .
. . . is thanksgiving over?
I hope in your heart, you are shouting a resounding, “NO!! NEVER!! NOT FOR ME!!”
That’s what my heart is saying! But then we must be purposeful. We must choose to be thankful . . . every day. When the kids are sick, and when the money is short, or when words have been said, or when life gets in the way, or when parenting is hard, or when we lose someone special, or when life is busy and it is easy to get harried, or . . . you fill in the blank!
It is a choice to praise God no matter the circumstances, to be grounded in His Word, to remember that He is in control, and to daily say,
- Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. Psalm 150:6
- In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thessalonians 5:18
- O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 107:1
- To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever. Psalm 30:12
On Sunday, our pastor mentioned this fact that has been mentioned many times, but needs to be said often: If we had nothing else to be thankful for but that God sent down His Son to die for us, then that is all we need to be continually thankful.
We deserve nothing; we have more than we ever should have. It is our choice to be thankful . . . every day. So as we close our eyes tonight with our full bellies in our warm beds and wake up tomorrow with our list of things to get done, let us choose to be thankful!
Before I close this post, I want to include some highlights of this month:
- My 2nd daughter wanted to type on my computer one night. I took my oldest to get her haircut. When I came back, this is what she had written:
- I loved Dear Thanksgiving: You Are Not Forgotten (I Promise) by Vibrant Homeschooling. It’s worth your time to read it!
- Choosing Thankfulness by Candace Creates again resonates with the theme of making a choice to be thankful. Candace writes all of her posts so beautifully.
- I loved how Balm to My Soul celebrated with a Gratitude Jar.
I also would be remiss if I did not say how much I am thankful for all you who read these posts. You are special to my heart. These Thursday posts are my favorite posts as I see into your souls and lives, and you get a peek into mine. These Thursday posts mean more to me than any other posts that I write, and I am thankful that you take your time to read the posts, link up, and leave me such kind comments. I said a similar thank you on yesterday’s newsletter.
Next Thursday, I will go back to writing my Thoughtful Thursdays on Thursdays. I usually include some of my thankful thoughts for each week in that post. You can continue to link up any thoughtful posts that you write.
You can link up any Thoughtful or Thankful post that you have written to the linky below!
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