Thanksgiving to God – I wrote this devotion last year in 2013 and it still holds true….Please read these reflections on why we all have so many reasons to be thankful and sing your own song of Praise to the God of Creation for all He has given us!!!
Praise God from Whom ALL Blessings Flow! Praise Him all creatures here
Him above ye Heavenly Hosts! Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost!!! AMEN!!!
Find your favorite song of Praise and Thanksgiving and SING it!!! Sing it in
the shower, sing it as you are cooking, sing it as you are cleaning for all the
guests, sing it as you prepare your heart for ALL God has to offer you this
Remember these Songs?
Come Ye Thankful People Come
We Gather Together
The Lyrics to the first of these songs are as follows:
"Give thanks with a grateful heart, Give thanks unto the Holy One, Give
thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son. (Repeat the refrain)
And now, let the weak say I am strong, let the poor say I am rich because of
what The Lord has done for us. Give thanks....give thanks....give
Thanksgiving....an act of giving thanks or expressing gratitude especially
to God - wow!
The United States of America celebrates and gives thanks to God for this
special day this week on Thursday – it is a U.S. national holiday set apart to
give God thanks!!! YES, let's do that!!!
As I opened my Bible this morning that my beloved grandfather,
"Gramps" gave me in 1962, I was blessed to find this verse and
"I will give thanks to you, O Lord with all my heart..." The latin
word for gratitude is gratis or grace.
What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving holiday??? What grace has been
extended to you this day, this month, this year? Have you stopped to take note of
the many blessings that are in your life? If not, why not do that today or this
We have so much to be grateful for in the United States.....it is truly
incredible!!! I know my gratitude list swells each day as I stop, breath and
think about all that God has blessed me with - a family in Ohio, Virginia,
Minneapolis, Tennessee and Texas, a son that brings me more joy than I thought
imaginable almost 19 years ago, a job that allows me to serve our military with
honor and praise, a church that feeds my heart and soul each week, prayer
warriors that support and encourage me by praying for those people and
situations that God places in my life, friends that fill my life with laughter
and fun, and finally, God has brought into my life this past year a very
special man, named Tim, that I could not be more grateful for this year...........ahhhh..........our
God is SO good!!!
I read years ago: "When we express gratitude something wondrous fills
us!!! Gratitude nourishes our souls immediately and the wonder of the moment
swells in our hearts." Simple gratitude brings simple happiness...simple
gratitude shows us what is utterly amazing in our lives. We have been so
blessed, so fortunate, so favored, so richly given abundance....and it is all
by the Grace of God alone.
So, let's celebrate! Let's appreciate and acknowledge what we have been
given even on the tiniest level......offer a sacrifice of praise to our
Heavenly Father this Thanksgiving and KNOW how much you are loved!!!
Finally here is a fun way to say: "Many thanks" in many languages:
English: Many thanks!
German: Danke Schoen!
Spanish: Muchas Gracias!
Archaic: Much obliged!
And, one of the many things I am grateful for are all of you who read this
blog….Thank YOU for reading these ramblings and encouraging me to continue to
write this blog!!!
Look up….look around……and look for JOY!!!