Today is the day where we all remember to be thankful. As we sit around a turkey feast, grabbing a third piece of pie, and sharing what and who we are grateful for, our hearts are filled.
Remembering the good, the blessings, the love steadies the mind and reassures the heart that all will be okay — God has provided and will continue to provide.
Then we wake from our turkey induced slumber to November 28th and the weight of holiday stress crashes down on us. All thought of blessing and thanks are drowned out by Black Friday madness harmonizing with Christmas to-do lists.
So how can we remove the Christmas season stress? I think the key lies in Thanksgiving Day!
We spend Thanksgiving intentionally remembering the blessings in our lives. What if we did that throughout the holiday season? What if we let our thankfulness for what we already have guide our thoughts? What if instead of focusing on the to-do list, we focus on what has already been done?
I usually stress out during Christmas time because I’m rushing about trying to buy and do nice things for the people I love. Shouldn’t that be rewarding instead of stressful? I get so wrapped up in my to-do list I forget the reason I’m buying and making all these things — I give gifts in remembrance of THE GIFT.
When I slow down enough to be intentionally thankful for the gift of Jesus Christ everything else falls into perspective.
I want to challenge you today, even though you are the middle of celebrating, to intentionally wake up tomorrow with an attitude bent on giving thanks. Before your feet hit the floorboards, pray and give thanks for a few specific things. As you begin Christmas shopping and decking the halls, be intentional in giving thanks for the little things in your day. And this coming year, count your blessings and let them encourage you to worship the Giver of all good gifts.
To be good at anything, you need to practice. Having a thankful heart and living a grateful life doesn’t come naturally. How will you intentionally practice thanksgiving today? This season? This year?
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope this week has been as much of a blessing to you as it has to me. I’ve shared six wonderful Thanksgiving themed posts with you from six amazing bloggers and I’m honored to be wrapping up this week of thanks! If you missed this Week of Thanks Blog Hop I hope you will take the time to go back and read these 6 posts. Thankfulness isn’t just for Thanksgiving day!
Day 1: Thanksgiving– from Be Extraordinary!
Day 2: Thanksgiving and Gratitude– from Not the Fake PTP
Day 3: 365 Days of Grateful– from The Musing Life
Day 4: Be Thankful. Be Thankful. Be Thankful. -from Overboard Ministries
Day 5: Rooted, Built, Established, and Abounding in Thanksgiving– from Relentless Growth
Day 6: Three Ways to Make This Thanksgiving the Best One Ever– from Danny Ray
Day 7: Intentional Thanksgiving– From Making Life Beautiful