I usually like Thanksgiving. To me, I’ve always seen Thanksgiving as the holiday that’s kind of like Christmas minus all of the spending money for gifts. Some seasons I have to work on making myself thankful. The Lord calls us to give thanks always, and it’s not always easy.

 

The science of gratitude will tell you how being thankful combats stress, builds resilience, helps you connect with others, improves your sleep and even rewires your brain. Awesome. But science doesn’t seem to understand the holidays are busy, and often lonely, for most. And did I mention the traffic?

 

That said, Scripture is clear. We’re to be thankful. So, let’s try to practice gratefulness in this post.

 Making myself thankful

I’m thankful for God and His Word. I know. Sounds Sunday School-ish right? Don’t answer that.

Here’s the deal. I am thankful for His Word. The more people I connect with, the more I realize they, like myself, need His Word in their hearts.

Jeremiah 17:9 says “The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable—who can understand it?” I believe, without His Word, we are doomed to failure. We are doomed to a life lived for our own temporary gain and for our own motivations. This is what death looks like, kids, to live for this world only. 

On a more encouraging note. God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. His Word comforts. Are you lonely? His Word speaks. Have you lost motivation? His Word speaks. You can email me if you need some Scripture for help.

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