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Begin Today With Thanksgiving

Begin Today With Thanksgiving

Let the whole earth shout triumphantly to the Lord! 
Serve the Lord with gladness; 
come before him with joyful songs. 
Acknowledge that the Lord is God. 
He made us, and we are his— 
his people, the sheep of his pasture. 
Enter his gates with thanksgiving 
and his courts with praise. 
Give thanks to him and bless his name. 
For the Lord is good, and his faithful love endures forever; 
his faithfulness, through all generations. 
Psalm 100 (CSB) 

A posture of gratitude can shift our perspective and our hearts to see God in the present moment. In suffering pain and grief, in dealing with annoyances and inconveniences, in waiting for hope and good news, we can still practice being thankful. This seemingly trite exercise has the power to change our groans to praise and to make us aware of God who is always with us. 

Practicing gratitude can look like writing down a list of things you’re grateful for — the beauty of fall, the laughter of children, the perfectly boiled egg, the coming of Advent — or it can be a list of things God has done in the past that you want to remember again. It can be bullet points of God’s promises that you’re clinging onto in the thick of things or how you see God working in those around you. Whatever it is, write it down today — in a journal, on a post-it, or even in the comments below. 

Let’s begin this day with a heart of thanksgiving! 

Tell us one thing you’re grateful for today! 

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24 Comment(s)
Karen Lee
Nov 24, 2023 10:18
I thank God for protecting my heart from fear by reciting Psalm 100 when I thought I had made a horrible mistake at work today, and He led me through safe and sound.
Frances Goetz
Nov 23, 2023 16:33
I am grateful for Jesus for being my best friend and family.
DeAnne Ramos
Nov 23, 2023 05:45
Today is a new day a precious gift from God giving Thanksgiving to him for without him we are nothing. God’s unconditional Love is freely given to each of us everyday. Freely give praise to God he is our creator.
Rachel Hammer (Ontario, Canada)
Nov 22, 2023 20:55
I am grateful for God’s promise to never forsake or leave us. I’m grateful for his grace and mercy!
Thank you lord for our family and friends, our work and so many more blessings!!
Mary Carolyn Trucano
Nov 22, 2023 10:36
I'm thankful for 279 Floridians currently serving as active International Mission Board missionaries and I am thankful for 797 retired International Mission Board missionaries who call Florida home.
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