Thanks giving: An act. A process. A journey

Thanks giving

What is thanks giving? It is something we do. It is a process in which we engage. It is a journey we choose.

 Thanks giving: The Act

Thanks giving is something we do. As an author, Robert Brault, notes, “There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude. Let us first give wholehearted thanks to the One Who is the Source of all good things. Then, let us also express gratitude to those who are priceless gifts He has given us and through whom He sends other gifts, tangible and intangible.

Thanks giving: The Process

Thanks giving is a process, much like that of using starters to make bread. It is a process that has to be activated. Starters can include the actions of another person, the recognition that nothing is owed us and we are the recipients of so much, and awareness of the goodness of our generous (such an understatement) God Who seems able only to give lavishly.

Thanks giving: The Journey

Thanks giving is a journey one often initiated externally, for example, through the influence of a parent or caregiver, in childhood, as they taught us manners. Sometimes it was a clear instruction, Say thank you, honey. At other times it came in the form of a prompt, What do you say when someone gives you something or says something nice, sweetheart? Over time, and with repeated lessons, the expression of thanks becomes ingrained, almost an automatic response. But there can be moments in the journey that we are awakened to the truth that thanksgiving can be intentional, not influenced by anything but our will. We can choose to give thanks. We can choose to be thankful in every circumstance. In every situation. In every season of life. In everything. With His help.

Have a Gratitude Filled Thanksgiving Holiday.

 

Monday Vitamins: Thanks giving

The first sentence of Psalm 138 is my focus today but because the entire psalm is a delight to me, I  am sharing all the verses first, before focusing on the first sentence. Before we go any further can we pause and thank our Father for His goodness? Also, can we pray for our brothers and sisters who are victims of terrorism all over the world? Thanks for joining me.

Psalm 138 (NKJV)
1 I will praise You with my whole heart;
Before the gods I will sing praises to You.

2 I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.

3 In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
And made me bold with strength in my soul.

4 All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O Lord,
When they hear the words of Your mouth.

5 Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
For great is the glory of the Lord.

6 Though the Lord is on high,
Yet He regards the lowly;
But the proud He knows from afar.

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand
Against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.

8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

“I will praise You with my whole heart…”

I suspect that we have all been guilty on occasion of giving our Father obligatory, half-hearted thanks.  Thankfully, we can choose at any given moment to thank Him wholeheartedly. In my next post, I will reflect on possible reasons our thanks giving can be half-hearted. For now, I will end with a quote from Sarah Young’s devotional, Jesus calling.

“A thankful heart has plenty of room for Me.”

 

Monday Vitamins: Thanks giving

I am continuing my month long focus on thanks giving by reviewing words connected to the following definition of thanksgiving – “the act of giving thanks,”* – and by sharing related Scripture verses. Before we go further, can we pause for a minute and give thanks … regardless of what is happening or not happening in our lives? Our Father’s help is available for this act also. Thanks for joining me.

THANKS

  •  kindly or grateful thoughts:  gratitude
  • an expression of gratitude <return thanks before the meal> —often used in an utterance containing no verb and serving as a courteous and somewhat informal expression of gratitude

“I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing Your praise before the heavenly beings. I will bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your constant love and truth. You have exalted Your name and Your promise above everything else.” (Psalm 138:1-2; Holman Christian Standard Bible)

GRATITUDE

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18; New Living Translation)

GRATEFUL

  • appreciative of benefits received
  • expressing gratitude <grateful thanks>

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:1-5, New King James Version)

THANKFUL

  • conscious of benefit received <for what we are about to receive make us truly thankful>
  • expressive of thanks <thankful service>
  • well pleased : glad (glad that something has happened or not happened, that something or someone exists, etc.)

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15; New King James Version)

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4; New King James Version)

*This definition is from the Merriam-Webster website