As we are in the throes of Thanksgiving week here in the United States, I decided to add to a post I originally shared a few years ago. It’s short but sweet. And, I’m still sticking with a quote. 🙂
I love this quote by Ann Voskamp. Thanksgiving is an attitude of the heart, and it’s a choice. When we choose thankfulness, joy is the result in our hearts. We see the good things God has placed in our lives. When we take the time and make the effort to say, “Thank you,” we not only show Him appreciation, we build up a storehouse of joy within us.
It’s not always easy to choose thanksgiving in our circumstances. Some people have lost loved ones this year. Others are dealing with terminal illness. Divorce. Prodigal children. Heartbreak. Job loss. And perhaps the thought of “putting on a happy face” is absolutely draining.
As we’ve dealt with some of our own losses this year, I’m finding the truth that, when we choose gratitude in the midst of heartache, God gives us what we need . . . joy, peace. And it’s true that when our hearts are fixed on God—on His goodness rather than on our hard—we can know His strength.
Sometime this week, let’s take a few minutes to write down things we can be thankful for. It may not change our circumstances, but it may lift our hearts.
As we Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, and the beginnings of our country, may we also choose thankfulness in the midst of our circumstances.
What about you? What’s one thing you are thankful for right now? What helps you give thanks in hard seasons?