Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. This is still my very favorite holiday of the year. Being with loved ones is such a treasure to enjoy. It is getting harder and harder to get everyone together. Oh my! Is the family photo a thing of the past? Here is a photo of two daughters and one daughter-in-law.
May you have a most memorable and joyful Thanksgiving. On occasion, it is a sacrifice to be thankful, but the rewards are great.
The Story of the Little 92 Year Old Lady
I love to think about the story of the little 92-year-old lady. Please let me share it again. Here it is:
“The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised, and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coiffed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.”
Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. “Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.” “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.”
Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.
“Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged… it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it … It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.”
“Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away.”
Let’s you and I do the same. We can practice being thankful, even when we don’t feel thankful. My goal is to become a Master of Gratitude. In fact, now is the perfect time to begin thinking of and listing your ten top Gratitudes for 2021.
Scriptures for Thanksgiving Day
Thank you, Kenneth Copeland Ministries for always having a beautiful Thanksgiving Post. I am quoting from the post I received today:
From these scriptures, you can learn how thanksgiving and praise can affect your life.
Again Quoting Kenneth Copeland
1. Thanksgiving and Praise Brings God on the Scene
Psalm 22:3 says God inhabits the praises of His people. When you enter into thanksgiving and praise, you invite God’s glory, His presence, to fill your life and your situation. At times of high praise, the Shekinah glory of God will fill the whole place with His sweet presence.
Challenges in Perspective
2. Thanksgiving and Praise Puts Challenges in Perspective
As Psalm 8:1 reminds you: “O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens.” Thanksgiving and praise remind you just how powerful your God is. He is the creator of all the world and the universe. Nothing is beneath His notice. If He is in your corner, how can you lose?!
Focus Your Mind
3. Thanksgiving and Praise Focuses Your Mind on the Right Subject
When challenges arise, it’s easy to allow them to play on a loop inside your head. But thanksgiving and praise breaks that loop. It helps you to refocus your attention on the One who is greater than every challenge. Just read through King David’s psalms. Time and again he wrote of his troubles and of God’s glorious power. He was refocusing his attention on the One who had all the answers to his troubles.
Strengthen Your Faith
4. Thanksgiving and Praise Strengthens Your Faith
Romans 4:20 says, Abraham “grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God” (AMPC). As you praise God and speak of His marvelous works, you are reminded of all that God has done, and your faith in God and His plan for you increases.
5. Thanksgiving and Praise Is a Weapon Against the Enemy’s Maneuvers
Psalm 9 says: “I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence. For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right” (verses 1-4, KJV). When you praise God, your enemies have to turn back. (Read 2 Chronicles 20 for an example of this.)
Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours