Thanksgiving is not just a holiday for parades and turkeys. It is a day to stop and take inventory on all the blessings God has bestowed on you this year. It is a time to get together with your family and your friends, and it is a time to get together with God.
Many will remember to say grace over their meal. Many will even list things that they are grateful for. But we must also remember WHO we are thankful to. Don’t just say you are “grateful for”, say you are “grateful to God for”.
Give thanks to God throughout your day.
1 Chronicles 16:8
Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
1 Chronicles 16:34
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
1 Chronicles 16:35
Cry out, “Save us, O God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, that we may glory in your praise.”
1 Chronicles 29:13
Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
“I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.”
But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD.”
I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.
I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among throngs of people I will praise you.
We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is near; men tell of your wonderful deeds.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.
=>>One way to deepen your relationship with God, and give yourself a happier life, is to keep a journal of all the wonderful things you have to be grateful for. Taking the time to write down your blessings is a great way to show yourself the reasons to be happy, and it gives you something to look back on in times of sadness or weariness so that you may see that even when you feel lonely, God is with you.