An Attitude of Thanksgiving and a FREE GIFT




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Hello Everyone,

November is here and in just over three weeks Thanksgiving will be upon us (for those in the USA). Thanksgiving is, in my opinion, one of the few remaining holidays with a Biblical focus.  While it’s true that we could choose to get caught up in the feast mentality or even the early shopping deals, I am really going to make a conscientious effort to notice the good things that God has provided.

I will begin by telling you that I haven’t always found this to be an easy thing to do.  About five years ago, I received news that rocked my once stable world.  Do you recall falling off your bike as a child and hitting the ground so hard that your breath was knocked out of you?  Remember how one moment you were riding along free as the breeze and then suddenly you were on the ground, gasping for air, and wondering what happened?  That’s exactly how I felt.  It happened so unexpectedly that I was caught completely off guard.  The only difference was that after falling in childhood, I was able to breathe again normally after a minute or so.  This time, I waited for that suffocating feeling to subside.  Any moment now…but I continued to struggle to get back to normal.  Each night I would go to bed in tears, sometimes stifling the sobs so that no one would hear.  I would pray that when I awoke the next morning everything would be back to normal again.  However, the next day would come and the pain would still be there.  One time I even woke up on my knees in my living room.  Apparently I had walked in my sleep and had gone into my prayer position automatically because of all the times I had spent pleading with God to restore the beautiful times I barely remembered.

After awhile, I found that I felt resentful of all the people around me with seemingly happy lives.  Why was everyone else’s world so perfect while mine was so miserable?  That’s when the thought occurred to me (and I take no credit for it because I was pretty content to wallow in imagemy misery) – my life was filled with blessings!  I just chose to be consumed with the bad instead of the good.  Without knowing until later that a book had been written on doing this very thing, I pulled out an empty journal and resolved to fill up a page with the blessings God had bestowed upon me.  I would list the wild flowers I saw on the side of the road, a night of better sleep, or a friendly chat with someone at the grocery store.  I started to take notice that many things were going “right”, even in spite of the the one thing that was still going “wrong”. I knew that I had no control over this one issue, but I did have control over how I responded to it and whether I would let it overshadow everything else that I should be thankful for.

How about you?  Are you focusing on the rain so much that you are missing the rainbow? image Could you benefit from keeping a Blessings Book?  Is your life really so dismal that you couldn’t find ONE thing to praise God for today?  I think you will find, like I did,  that if you just step back a little and shift your gaze upward, your pen will flow and you’ll fill up a page before you know it.

And now for the FREE gift:  leave a comment about one thing you are thankful for today (I realize it will be hard to limit it to one).  I will draw a name at random from those who leave comments and will send the winner the Promises &Blessings Journal pictured at the start of this blog post.  I will announce the name of the winner on my next posting (Tuesday, November 8, 2016).  Note: This giveaway will be limited to those living within the continental United States, although I would love to hear blessings from those in other areas of the world!

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Praising God for the good things in life,

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Romans 8:31 – What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?



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12 thoughts on “An Attitude of Thanksgiving and a FREE GIFT

  1. Diana says:

    I am thankful for God and His saving me! He is always with me directing and guiding me. He will never leave or forsake me. He is greater and more powerful than I can imagine and yet kind and compassionate, forgiving and merciful. God is there in the tough times. His Words have given strength and encouragement when I needed it.

    • Heidi says:

      Certainly God is good – all the time! Isn’t it wonderful to know that God’s faithfulness is not based on how faithful we are? ” It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22, 23

  2. Denise Daniels says:

    I am so thankful for my Mom who was a Godly woman that left me a legacy to follow. She gave my sister and I a book by Ann Voskamp called One Thousand Gifts a couple years before she passed that was really inspiring and challenging on being thankful and counting blessings everyday from God! So glad you’re writing and sharing, Heidi! Would love to read more from you!

    • Heidi says:

      That is exactly the book I was referring to – the one I found out about after I started writing in my journal. Godly mothers – wonderful gifts from God and an aspiration for those of us with children/grandchildren to follow for the future generations.

  3. ME says:

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    > Thank you for encouraging us to think positively and thankfully for whatever comes our way. This isn’t always easy when some of us have reached the age when knees must be replaced, arteries expanded with shunts, and arthritic joints coaxed into action when we try to write a letter the traditional way with pen and ink. As we look at the world that seems to be crumbling into chaos, self-centeredness and irreverence, it’s hard not to join the crowd that’s complaining about everything and whining that they aren’t getting the treatment they deserve. How refreshing to see a blog that emphasizes positive things and encourages us to change our own outlook even if we can’t change the world!
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    > Blessings,
    > Keves

    • Heidi says:

      Keves,
      How true that God wants us to have a thankful spirit, no matter what is happening within and without. I was just reading today in 2 Corinthians 4:15-18 (ESV) these encouraging words that I believe are as true today as they were when they were penned 2000 years ago:

      15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

  4. Rachel says:

    It IS hard to write just one. Today I am especially thankful that God is in absolute control… Col 1:17. Even the pain or heartache I experience is carefully measured and meaningful. That there is a reason for every. single. thing. in my own life… and in people’s lives around me. It is an extreme relief. Thank you for writing, Heidi. Just found your blog today and happened to start reading 1000 Gifts yesterday!

    • Heidi says:

      Rachel,
      Thank you for your comment. It is so easy to be caught up in the turmoil of what’s going on – so easy to start to panic. I finally had to admit to myself a few years ago that I am a control freak (like to be the driver, don’t like to fly, don’t like rollercoasters, etc). The silly thing is that my control is my illusion. I shouldn’t really want to replace God and take over the control seat. He understands the future and He wants give us the best. Even when we can’t see how everything is working to that end, we can put our trust in God and know that He is not only holding up the universe (as in Col 1:17), He is holding us up too (Isaiah 41:10)!

  5. Judy says:

    So thankful for the wonderful privilege of being raised in a loving Christian home, under the sound of the gospel, and saved as a child, which is the greatest blessing I could ever have!! It makes all my other blessings possible, which are too numerous to count!! And I have such a wonderful future ahead with my Savior forever!!! “Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul!”

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