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So Much To Be Thankful For This Holiday Season

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The last couple of years have been pretty rough for most of us. It’s fair to say we’re all emotionally and physically tired. But there are still so many things to be thankful for this holiday season!

I want to share with you a Thanksgiving family activity we did with our boys when they were little.

We have only done this one year, but I think 2021 is a good year to do it again.

A Thanksgiving Family Tradition

colorful construction paper leaves with thankful words written on them.
These leaves now live in our family photo album

I cut up a whole bunch of leaves out of colorful construction paper in fall colors. Then every night starting on the first of November I gave everyone in the family a leaf when we were all sitting down for dinner.

During dinner we talked about what we were thankful for that day.

We all wrote down one thing we were specifically thankful for on the paper leaf, and I taped each leaf on the dining room windows every evening.

We did that almost every night until Thanksgiving Day.

Those colorful construction paper leaves, served as a cute fall decoration but most important, as little reminders of all the little and big blessings in our lives.

From The Mouth Of Babes: 43 Things To Be Thankful For

I thought it would be fun to share exactly what the little boys wrote down, misspellings and all. In parenthesis you will either see my reaction or the correct spelling…..just in case you don’t quite understand what they meant LOL.

  1. A bed
  2. trees
  3. shamboo (shampoo)
  4. mony (money)
  5. recess
  6. tolits (toilets)
  7. grandmas (๐Ÿ’•)
  8. rain
  9. lotion
  10. USA ARMY (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ)
  11. animals
  12. gravity (๐Ÿคฃ)
  13. music
  14. shoes
  15. parents
  16. cout (coat)
  17. Christmas
  18. books
  19. chairs
  20. hollidays (the holidays)
  21. sports
  22. moon and stars
  23. freedom (I’m impressed that a little boy knew freedom was something to be thankful for ๐Ÿ’™)
  24. our bones
  25. teachers!
  26. our blood
  27. cups
  28. freash air
  29. mountains
  30. our body
  31. locks
  32. turky (turkey dinner)
  33. I know Jesus (my heart โค๏ธ)
  34. life
  35. the Bible
  36. Jesus’s sacrifice (Amen!)
  37. water
  38. our food
  39. toys
  40. clothes
  41. our house
  42. my family
  43. frends (friends)

How much better would the world be if we all stayed as innocent as children! They are sincere and uncomplicated in their thinking.

This list is so simple! Yet how many of us forget when we’re in the daily trenches of life, to be thankful for even the smallest things like a warm bed to go to sleep at night?

pumpkin and a cup pf coffee

What Does The Word Of God Say About Thankfulness?

Should we ONLY be thankful when we’re healthy, all our bills are paid, and there’s plenty of food in the refrigerator?

Or should we have a spirit of thankfulness in ALL situations?

Perhaps you have lost your job recently, or you may have lost your health, or a loved one. Such circumstances can be tremendously difficult. But even so, we all have much to be thankful for. 

Billy Graham

Philippians 4:6-7 says:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Did you catch that? In EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving.

God is sovereign over all things. Even or especially during times of uncertainty! And just like He was with Job in his time of trouble, He is with you too.

If you are a Christ follower practice giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we are instructed to do in Ephesians 5:20

James 3:1-5 says this:

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

6 Ways Cultivate A Thankful Spirit

mother holding toddler
thankful for my family

Harvard medical school has done research on the effects gratitude has on people, and the findings say giving thanks can actually make you happier!

So let’s look at a few practical ways you can practice giving thanks every day of the year….

1. PRAY

Start and end each day with prayer.

Corrie Ten Boom the holocaust survival said: “Prayer is the key for the day and the lock for the night.”

Think like a child again and thank God for everything! Big and small, every day.

2. KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL

Write it down. One of my favorite things is looking through my bible and reading all the prayers I’ve written down in it, and all the ways God has answered me and showed up in my life.

Maybe when you pray or meditate on God’s word, write just one thing you’re thankful for, or one worry, and give it to God.

3. WRITE A THANK YOU NOTE

When was the last time you wrote a handwritten thank you note to someone? Try it! it won’t only help you in your daily thankfulness journey, but I am sure it will make the recipients day to receive it.

If handwritten notes is not your style, send a text or better yet call someone just to say thank you!

4. VOLUNTEER

This is something I need to get my whole family more involved in. When we see the needs of others we realize how much we take for granted, how blessed we truly are.

5. BE HUMBLE

Humility isnโ€™t thinking less of yourself; itโ€™s thinking of yourself less .

Instead of focusing so much on our own struggles and difficulties in life, let’s think a little bit less of our selves and see how we can be of help or encouragement to someone else.

6. BE CONTENT

Contentment leads to gratitude for the life we have been blessed with. In a society that is always trying to “keep up with the Joneses” let’s step out of the rat race and be thankful for the things that truly matter in life.

Faith, family, health, freedom….

In a heart filled with gratitude, there is no room for discontentment.

Rachel Cruze

What Are You Thankful For This Holiday Season? This Year?

Through the ups and downs, through the darkest and happiest of days, may we never stop giving thanks.

May God bless each and everyone of you this holiday season.

Suani ๐Ÿ’•


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8 Comments

  1. I love this! I often have grandiose plans for how we’ll express gratitude leading up to Thanksgiving and these ideas are simple and realistic! I like the leaves in the binder!

  2. What a great reminder. We do have so much to be thankful for and when we remember that life just seems to go better!

  3. Love this. So much to be thankful for! We need to send more hand written cards. I received one a few weeks ago and it meant a lot.

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