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Father, we thank You for the countless blessings that You have given us. In times of anxiety, Lord, help us to focus on You and what you've done for us.

With the avalanche of anxiety-producing stories in the news, aren’t you glad we can pause this week and express gratitude to God for our manifold blessings? Let’s consider ten areas often overlooked that can cultivate the attitude of gratitude we need personally and in our families.

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First of all, living in our increasingly secular society, it’s important we remind ourselves and our families of the pertinent facts concerning the holiday of Thanksgiving.

In 1863, a Christian president, Abraham Lincoln, proclaimed a national day of “thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwells in heaven.”

The first Thanksgiving holiday was a joyous event celebrated by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims who enjoyed a plentiful harvest after their prayers and hard work redeemed a very difficult first year in America. Remember that the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact stating their purpose in leaving England to come to America was for religious freedom not selfish greed.

That purpose is clearly stated: “For the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.” Subsequently, they joined together for three days of prayerful thanksgiving to God for the harvest and the blessings He bestowed upon them.

It’s important to review these facts with family members and guests, lest we fall prey to thinking this is just a day off for feasting, football and Friday shopping prep!

 

As Christians, we always want to cultivate thankfulness in our lives. Recall how Jesus healed 10 lepers yet only one came back to say thank you. God gives us a directive, not an elective: “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:18). We need to develop the habit of giving thanks “in” everything, not necessarily “for” everything that comes our way.

10 Bestowed Blessings

  1. Thank God for sending His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who lived a sinless life and then died the death we deserved in our place.
  2. Thank God for the gift of freedom upon which America was uniquely founded. Ours is the only nation in history ever established on the principle that “all men are created equal” and enjoy certain rights that do not come from a dictator, king or government but the living God.
  3. Thank God for all the bountiful varieties of food we enjoy every single day. Hunger is the number one cause of death in the world. Fifteen million children die yearly, and 21,000 die daily because of this. One-third of the world is starving while one-third is underfed. Imagine if we had to search garbage cans for specks of nourishment to feed ourselves and our children.
  4. Thank God for our health, medical technology and personnel who keep us healthy. In the ’90s, more than 100 million children died from illness and starvation alone. Yearly, more than 1 million children die from preventable diseases, like diarrhea and pneumonia, because they lack treatment we easily take for granted.
  5. Thank God for our eyes and the phenomenal gift of sight. Jesus called the eye “the lamp of the body,” and it has over 2,000 components! Cover your eyes for a moment and imagine what it’s like to live in darkness, like some do. Would you take $1 million for your eyes?
  6. Thank God for our parents and the promise that God gives: “Honor your father and your mother … that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you” (Deut. 5:16).
  7. Thank God for clean running water available in our sinks, washing machines, dishwashers and toilets. More than 1 billion people lack access to clean drinking water, which yields sickness and complex problems.
  8. Thank God for policemen, firemen, garbage collectors, 911 first responders and others who protect us—especially men and women in the military. Can you picture what our life would be like without these public servants?
  9. Thank God for the wonderful gift of electricity. More than one quarter of the human population does not have access to any electricity. What would life be like without the multitude of items in our homes powered by electricity?
  10. Thank God for our teachers and education, whether it’s public, private or done at home. One out of every four children in America grows up without the ability to read. Sixty percent of inmates in prison are illiterate. What a blessing to have teachers and the gift of learning?

Here’s the deal: It is so easy to take things for granted and to grumble and complain unless we catch ourselves and intentionally cultivate thankful hearts. The Thanksgiving holiday affords us a tremendous opportunity to nurture an attitude of gratitude. “Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below.” Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thanking God for this Thanksgiving? Share in the comments!

Larry Tomczak is a cultural commentator of 46 years, an IFA board member, a bestselling author, and a public-policy adviser with Liberty Counsel. His innovative video/book, BULLSEYE, develops informed influencers in 30 days (see www.bullseyechallenge.com). Hear his weekly podcast here. Photo Credit: Canva.

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Elaine
November 24, 2022

I thank God for his son who died for us. I thank God.for living in United States with freedom & all God gave us so much to be thankful for! Food,water,gas& electricity!

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Kimberly Wakefield
November 23, 2022

And thank God for the perseverance of Sarah Joseph’a Hale who lobbied to make Thanksgiving a national holiday for three decades.

Father, You never left this nation. Thank you for your many wonderful and varied blessings.

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Shelly
November 22, 2022

Our God is an awesome God…Amen

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drew bernard
November 22, 2022

Items 7 – 10 upon the list; anyone who hast been or currently serving in His harvest fields abroad ( 3rd World soil) as I hast been privileged to be, sometyme will reflect back upon their life upon USA soil. 70 yrs spent there in me land of birth na whenst He summoned me here, those amenities be sorely missed. A most Blessed Thanksgiving be granted to ye all na ye loved ones.

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Ruby Wooley
November 22, 2022

There is a great need for all of us to pray for those who are working so hard to restore our great nation to God-fearing principles. They need our prayers and support for the safety of themselves and their families, their health, their finances, and their faith in God. Thank you and be blessed in all your efforts!

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Lynda Suddreth
November 22, 2022

I’m thankful to have been born and bred in America, for my family and the love we share. For wonderful spirit-filled friends and my church. For my eyesight, hearing, and the Lord meeting all my needs. For my special pets. I’m thankful for my house and the safe neighborhood I live in. Sooo many things.

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Allena Jordan
November 22, 2022

Lord, I am so thankful for all the items mentioned above. I am also thankful that we live in a nation with no war within our boundaries. And this brings me to say “thank you” for the peace that passes all understanding within my heart because You abide there. Thank You for Jesus my Lord and Savior. Amen

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Michelle Duchnowski
November 22, 2022

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 14:26 KJV

to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
1 Corinthians 12:10 KJV
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:2 KJV
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, And into his courts with praise: Be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Psalm 100:4 KJV

Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man. For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? O send out thy light and thy truth: Let them lead me; Let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: Yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope in God: For I shall yet praise him, Who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Psalm 43:1‭-‬5 KJV

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Ephesians 4:11‭-‬13 KJV

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

James 3:17‭-‬18 KJV

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:57 KJV

ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

2 Corinthians 1:11 KJV

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Luis Howard
November 22, 2022

JMJ
We can only say, “Amen” and “Amen” vehemently, “Amen!!! ” and “HALEULJUAH!”NOT TO MENTION, “HOSSANA IN THE HIGHEST”!!!!!!
God is good.

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