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Giving Thanks

Turkey tells off Santa ClausWow! I can’t believe it’s already Thanksgiving week! I saw the funniest cartoon last weekend. This sentiment is so true. Christmas “clutter” appeared on the shelves of many of the stores I frequent by mid-October. Retailers seem view Thanksgiving as a mere obstacle that forces them to close on a perfectly good sales day. No joke! How many stores do you know that are opening sometime on Thursday?

That’s such a shame because our thankfulness, our grateful attitude before God, should not be skipped over. Showing appreciation to the Father for all that He has done grounds us in a realization of His presence and builds our relationship with Him.

I so love seeing folks on Facebook list their blessings. I’ve noticed that the blessings I’ve seen, and my own blessings, fall into several types. If you’re having trouble discerning your blessing, maybe these categories will help you jump start your thank-yous.

Physical Wants:

These blessings might even fall into the Christmas gift listings. They’re the things that can fill packages and might include all sorts of hobbies, styles, and sizes. A lot of times, we can consider these things to be needs, but in truth, these are total luxury, usually way more than necessary. My overstuffed closet can testify to the truth of this. How about yours?

Physical Needs:

Do you have shelter? If you’re strolling through the internet, I’m thinking the answer is yes. Do you have enough food to keep yourself and your family from starving. If you live in mainstream America, likely starving is not nearly so much of an issue as over-eating. Do you have clothes for yourself and your children? Water? Warmth? You’re set!

Emotional Needs:

These are the things that make life so worthwhile! Someone to care about. Some purpose in your life. People who love you. Companionship. A place to be and a reason to be there.

Spiritual Needs:

We all have God-sized holes in our hearts. Empty places that we’ll try to fill with other things: people, luxuries, or concepts like wealth, power, romance, or success. God’s very presence in our lives is something for which to be intensely thankful.

Your Turn: I hope this listing of different reasons for giving thanks encourages you to realize just how very blessed you are. Share. What stands out in your life as something for which you are grateful?

This will be my only post until Thanksgiving. On Friday, we’ll be posting a preview of something truly exciting (A huge blessing!) and starting next week, you’ll find a post EVERY DAY!

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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