Friday, November 18, 2016


“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;”
(Ephesians 1:15-16 KJV)

Note:  This is a revised post from November 20, 2015.

During my graduate school years, I presented a variety of programs in my residence hall and at the Wesley Foundation, one of my favorite programs to present on was the topic of thankfulness—at one point I had several versions.  I attempted to present this program around Thanksgiving or shortly before finals—a very busy and stressful time for students!  A time when it is hard to be thankful! 

The programs were not elaborate or even all that time consuming; they were focused on being thankful (thinking about things, places, and people we were thankful for).  Due to the hectic and stressful nature of being a college student it was easy to lose focus on what really mattered and to be thankful for the important things and people (no matter how small) in life. 

Life continues to be hectic, even after college and graduate school; it is so easy to get distracted by unimportant things and lose sight of what—and especially—who really matters.  For many of us, we are blessed beyond measure and have so much more than most of the world, yet it is easy to forget that in the workaday world.

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Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 
(Psalm 100:4 KJV)

Those of us, who have Jesus as Savior and Lord, should be among the most thankful people in the world.  In Jesus, we have been forgiven of our sins and have a multitude of blessings.  Yet, sometimes, we forget just how much the Lord has given us and has done for us.     

 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.  
(Psalm 116:17 KJV)

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Consider taking some time during this busy holiday season (and every day of the year) to reflect on what and who you are thankful for—you may even want to let people who you are thankful for know it! 

Have fun with it!  I imagine that your perspective on life will change, if you are persistent about doing this. 

What are you thankful for today?

Try listing at least three things you are thankful for each day until the end of the year.  It is fine to be thankful for the simplest of things in your life.  Then read back through them and rejoice.  In 2015 I wrote down three things each day that I was thankful for; this year I have been writing down three to five things I am thankful for each day (and some times more).  It is an interesting exercise.

Please join with me in prayer:

Heavenly Father, we thank You for all the things and people in our lives.  In Your Word we learn that we are to be thankful in all things but not for all things.  Help us to change our perspective so that we realize just how much we do have to be thankful for; we have so much in abundance compared to many places throughout the world.  Remind us that all we have is from You.  Help us to remember to count our blessings daily and particularly when we are busy or under a lot of stress.  In our busy lives remind us to not take people or You for granted; encourage us to place others ahead of ourselves, serving them in the name of Jesus.  In Jesus’ Name, we pray.  Amen.

From My Heart to Yours,


Dear Readers, I would like to wish you and your families a blessed Thanksgiving.  Enjoy and celebrate all of God’s richest blessings during this season of thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. I'm sure you already know, Kim, that I'm keeping a gratitude journal - seven things for which I'm thankful every day. What a rewarding exercise!
    There are too many things we take for granted when we should be thanking God for them.
    Love and blessings!

    1. Martha, thank you for the reminder about what you're doing. Keeping a gratitude journal is a rewarding exercise. It's so easy to take the simple and mundane things for granted.

      Love and blessings!

  2. Hi Kim! You must have been very prepared to give a talk during finals week! I'm sure you were stressed yourself.
    I have read about having a blessing jar, that you use to place little pieces of paper with what you were blessed with that day. At the end of the year, you can sit with your blessings from the year, and remember all the things that God has done for you. I love that idea!
    I am thankful for having met you through your blog, and for the faith we share in Christ. May you have a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving celebration!

    1. Hi Ceil! I was usually fairly well prepared by the time finals week rolled around, however, the programs I presented were done prior to the week of finals. Like you, I've read about blessing jars--neat idea.

      Likewise, I'm thankful that I met you through your blog and for our faith in Jesus Christ. Thank you for your Thanksgiving greetings; may you have a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving celebration!



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