As we tiptoe closer to Thanksgiving, we thought we’d pause our regularly scheduled program to listen, read, make, say, and thank. A few simple acts — a few simple thoughts.
Before we gather on Thursday and are tempted to tense up because of the food, the hosting, or the relationships, might we stop to breathe and rest our minds a bit together? May we suggest the lot of us moms take some time by ourselves this week and walk through the following as a guide.
If you’re needing a soundtrack, perhaps these songs will provide a great backdrop for your time.
What anxious thoughts or angst do you have about this upcoming Thanksgiving? Listen to those thoughts, bring them before Christ, and ask Him to take your angst and fill your mind with reasons to praise, no matter what comes later this week.
Psalm 100: (A Psalm for Giving Thanks.)
1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
Recall God’s goodness and faithfulness to you this last year and make a list of all the things big and small.
Before Thursday arrives, tell your special people how much you love and appreciate them. Let’s go into Thanksgiving as women who are free of unsaid blessings. I recently heard pastor Craig Groeschel say, “If you think something good about someone, say it. Never withhold a blessing.”
Lastly, let us pray. Our day-to-day blessings are not the basis of our thankfulness. Our life in and with Christ are. Our salvation is the foundation of our joy and life. Let us live a life of thanks no matter what day it is on the calendar. May our prayers of thanksgiving continue to rise to God day after day, year after year.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.