Notice and Thank God for His Goodness

Notice and Thank God for His Goodness

In The Ultimate Gift, Red Stevens heads out on his own to begin the process of building a billion-dollar fortune for himself. After leaving home, he hops a train along with a man who’s a quite a few years older than him. He sees the man writing in the air with his finger, and asks the man what he is doing. The man tells him that he’s making his “Golden List” – a list of 10 things he’s thankful for that day. Red Stevens doesn’t see much to be thankful for, and says he’ll be thankful later on. The man tells him that everyone has at least 10 things to be thankful for, and if he isn’t thankful now for the little things, he never will be thankful for anything!

November is the month in which Thanksgiving takes place. Because of that, around this time of year, people are big into thinking about all the things they have to be thankful for. Developing an attitude of thankfulness is something that’s important for each of us to do. Thankfulness starts with the goodness of God. It is His goodness towards us that gives us a reason to be grateful. After all, if it weren’t for His goodness to us, we would have nothing to be thankful for! The more we learn to recognize God’s goodness and how He’s at work in our lives, the more we will begin to develop a consistent attitude of gratitude, and a habit of giving thanks to Him!

How do we learn to recognize God’s goodness? Because in spite of His constant goodness to us, we often forget to thank Him for, or don’t even realize, all that He does for us. One good way to train ourselves to see how He is working in our lives is by taking time each day to think about how we have seen His blessing on our lives throughout the day. As we do this, we will become used to keeping our eyes open for evidence of His goodness to us, and get in the habit of giving thanks to Him.

Your challenge? Every day until Thanksgiving, make your own “Golden List” each day. Purposefully sit down and make a list of 10 things you are thankful for from throughout the day, and take time to thank God for them. By the time Thanksgiving is here, you’ll have at least begun to make a habit out of noticing the goodness of your Heavenly Father, and giving thanks to Him for all that He does for you!

Thanksgiving Family Fun

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Looking for something fun to do with your family this Thanksgiving? Check these ideas!

  • Watch a Thanksgiving parade together on tv.
  • Watch the first Christmas movie of the year.
  • Challenge your family to a game of Thanksgiving trivia! Click here for some trivia questions to get you started!
  • Listen to Christmas music as you start decorating the house for Christmas.
  • During the first Thanksgiving celebration, the Pilgrims and Indians challenged each other to various games and competitions. Follow this tradition by playing some board games with your family this Thanksgiving!
  • After Thanksgiving dinner, go around the table, and each share one of your favorite holiday memories!
  • Check out a book from the library, or look up some info online, and read about the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Indians.

Which of these things will you do with your family this Thanksgiving?

From http://generationarise.com/thanksgiving-family-fun/.

Linking this post up with Thriving Thursdays at Serving Joyfully.

A Heart of Gratitude – Day Twelve

A Heart of Gratitude - Day Twelve“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15, NASB

Colossians 3:15 bids us to be thankful. There are many things in each of our lives for which we can give thanks. God provides us with many blessings on a daily basis. At times, however, we tend to over look some of them.

Our Heavenly Father blesses us in many more ways than we often realize. Some of the ways in which He provides for us may seem, to our minds, such everyday occurrences that we end up taking them for granted. We’ll never know the full extent of the greater dangers, as well as the more trifling vexations, that our Heavenly Father’s loving care shields us from. These, added to the more obvious ways in which His provision can be seen, give us ample reason to give thanks to our Father in heaven.

The biggest and greatest gift that God has given each one of us is the gift of His Son, who gave His life for us. He died for us while we were, as yet, sinners (Romans 5:8). He made a way for us to be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:19). We have received the gift of right standing with the King of Kings, not because of anything that we have done, but because of what His Son did for us at the cross. This in and of itself is more than enough reason to praise our wonderful God!

Do you ever have a hard time being thankful? Perhaps you’re going through troubling circumstances, and no matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to find anything for which to be grateful. If you are going through tough times, you can give thanks to God that He has provided the miracle – big or small – that you are in need of. Nothing is impossible with Him (Luke 1:37). He has good plans for you – plans not for your harm, but to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). He is completely capable of doing far more than we could ever ask or think (Ephesians 3:29). Look to Him and receive your answer today!

We each have many reasons to be thankful, and express our gratitude to our Heavenly Father. He cares for us in countless ways, some of which we don’t even recongnize.  He gave His one and only Son for us, as the greatest possible proof of His love. Even in the midst of difficult circumstances, we can give thanks to Him, confident that He is both willing and able to make a way for us when may seem that there is none.With so many causes for gratitude on our part, let’s cultivate a spirit of thankfulness, and be on the look out for things for which to thank our wonderful God!

What is something that you can thank the Lord for right now? Comment below to share. Take a moment to express your thanks to our Father in Heaven!

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.”

A Heart of Gratitude – Day Nine

a heart of gratitude - day nine“For all things are for your
sakes, so that the grace
which is spreading to more
and more people may cause
the giving of thanks to abound
to the glory of God.”
2 Corinthians 4:15, NASB

This is the time of year associated with counting our blessings, and thankfulness for all of the good things in our lives. In this season of being grateful, what is it that causes our thanks to abound? What possesses the ability to kindle in us a response of gratitude? What holds the power to instigate an overflow of thanksgiving?

According to 2 Corinthians 4:15, it is God’s amazing grace that causes the giving of thanks to abound to His glory. When we recognize all that God has done for us – all that He’s freely given – it will ignite in us a blaze of gratitude towards Him. His unmerited favor rests on each of our lives – based not on our own actions, but those of the Savior on our behalf. We all have sinned, and fall far short of God’s glorious standard on a daily basis
(Romans 3:23). No matter how hard we try, we never can be good enough to deserve the blessings of God. Knowing this, and loving us beyond measure, God sent His only Son to die for us, bearing the punishment that we deserved. Now, He offers salvation to us as a free gift. We are saved by His abundant grace, through faith in what His Son did for us at the cross (Ephesians 2:8). Made right in God’s eyes, we have been qualified to receive all that our Heavenly Father has for us, held out to us free for the taking.

Our God is so very good! He is both compassionate and gracious, abounding in love (Psalm 103:8) He does not treat us as our wrongdoings merit, nor repay us according to our failures (Psalm 103:10). Rather, He forgives ALL of our sins (Psalm 103:3), not counting them against us (2 Corinthians 5:19). In fact, He remembers them no more (Hebrews 8:12)! He receives us as His children (1 John 3:1), and freely gives us many good things. Surely these are ample proofs of His wonderful grace!

What does this grace accomplish in our lives? When truly understood, it prompts within us a sense of abounding gratitude, and an overflowing thankfulness to our wonderful King, which others can see and recognize. They will observe the difference He’s made in our lives, how real He is to us, and be drawn towards Him. It all starts, however, with a comprehension of the incredible, surpassing grace of our loving Heavenly Father. If you want to foster a greater sense of gratitude within your heart this Thanksgiving season, begin meditating on this grace. (For a list of scriptures that speak to the subject, see the post God’s Wonderful Grace.)

Listen to this song, and ask God to give you a greater revelation of His grace than ever before!

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.” 

The Daily Thankfulness Challenge

The Daily Thankfulness Challenge“For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done,
I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.” Psalm 92:4, NASB

Today is November 1 – the first day of the month in which Thanksgiving falls. It’s the time of year associated with being grateful and counting our blessings. Most of all, this season of gratitude is good reminder to take the time to stop and thank God for all that He does for us.

He is our loving Heavenly Father, who provides many good gifts for us to enjoy, such as health (Isaiah 53:5), prosperity (John 10:10), peace (John 14:27), joy (Isaiah 51:11), and long life (Psalm 91:6). Greatest of all, He’s given us the gift of the forgiveness of all our sins (Psalm 103:2), and a relationship with Him. If we stop and look, we can see His provision in each of our lives on a daily basis – both in bigger, more dramatic ways, as well as smaller ones we tend to overlook. Let’s begin to find those ways in which He works in our lives, and give thanks to Him on a daily basis.

I challenge you to start doing so today. Each day between now and Thanksgiving Day (November 28), think of one thing for which you are thankful, and make it a point to thank God for it. To interact with others who are doing the same thing, join Called and Created’s Facebook event entitled The Daily Thankfulness Challenge at http://www.facebook.com/events/444777925630744/. (While you’re there, feel free to like Called and Created’s Facebook Page to receive further site updates.)

Let’s see how many things we can thank God for in the next few weeks!

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.”