For some people, even many Christians, the Thanksgiving holiday is not much more than a one day or two event of gathering, catching up with friends and family, eating lots of good food, watching parades and football games and giving thanks, unfortunately perhaps in that order.  In some cases, the “giving thanks” is done simply because it is expected before the Thanksgiving meal is served.  As you and your family begin preparing for Thanksgiving Day later this month, make a conscious decision to do your best to give thanks every day of the year. 

Giving sincere thanks to God is referenced and taught throughout the Bible.  As God’s people, each and every day of our lives should be a day of thanksgiving.  

Here are a few of many Scriptures that reference giving thanks to our Creator. 

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.

Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.”  Psalm 100:4

“And when you offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord, offer it of your own free will.”  Leviticus 22:29

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”               

1 Chronicles 16:34

“We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.”  Psalms 75:1

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, with prayer and petition and thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6November is also the month that our country honors the men and women who have served in the armed services.  Either on Veterans Day or sometime this month, spend quality time with a Veteran and thank them for their service to our nation helping to preserve our precious God given freedom.

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