A Perpetual Thanksgiving

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
– Henry David Thoreau, American poet and essayist

We’re just a few days from celebrating Thanksgiving Day in the United States and I’m grateful for this special day. But nurturing an attitude of thankfulness in our individual lives, our families, and our nations needs to be perpetual…a 24/7 practice. So much good comes out of a thankful heart!

When my family gathers this week to celebrate the holiday, we will—according to our tradition—share with each other about all the things we’re thankful for. I’m happy to give as much time as necessary for this exercise, because I know we don’t take enough time to do it throughout the year.

This year I’ll be focusing my thankfulness on five areas:

  1. God’s love and care. I want to grow in my understanding…which will take a lifetime.
  2. God’s supremacy over all things. There is so much hope to be found in knowing He’s in control.
  3. Family. My quiver continues to grow, and yet it still has room for more.
  4. Friends. I’m so grateful for my local, national, and global friends!
  5. God’s faithfulness. He is always faithful, during good times and challenging times.

What does your list look like? Whether or not you write it down, I encourage you to allow the Lord to fill your heart with gratefulness for His blessings. As you reflect on His generosity, your outlook will change as He increasingly transforms your heart.

Happy (perpetual) Thanksgiving!


Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

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