“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count!”
~~ Steve Maraboli
“In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.”
~~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison
“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”
~~ Neal A. Maxwell
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
~~ William Arthur Ward
“To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us — and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.”
~~ Thomas Merton (Thoughts on Solitude)
Finally, the Word of God gives us specific instruction and examples of demonstrating a thankful heart.
We are to sing songs of thankfulness to the Lord.
“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!”
Psalm 95:1-2 (ESV)
Submit requests to God with humbleness and thankfulness.
“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Philippians 4:6 (ESV)
Give thanks for everything.
“giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”
Ephesians 5:20 (ESV)
From our house to yours, God Bless you and Happy Thanksgiving.
Jenny, Michelle, Freida, and Ingrid
Scripture from the English Standard Version Bible. Image from Pinterest