Coming up with a new idea for a Thanksgiving blog is a challenge. It’s always fun to share our favorite Thanksgiving memories, our favorite recipes, our multitude of blessings for which to be thankful, what we’re thankful for, and even our attempts to relax and enjoy the day before plunging into Black Friday Christmas shopping. These are all good things that touch our common humanity, but weren’t quite what I wanted to say. (Above are some of our homemade Thanksgiving decorations.)
As I prayed for something fresh to write, this simple thought occurred to me: Giving thanks is not for the benefit of the Person one is thanking but for the benefit of the person giving thanks. Worship, praise, and thanksgiving are woven together to form a strong cord that ties us together in a loving, growing relationship with God. Therefore, God desires our heartfelt praise and sincere thanksgiving not because He needs it but because we need it to bring us closer to Him. Psalm 50:23 (KJV) says, “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth Me; and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God.” This salvation the Lord grants us includes changing the way we view things. When we focus on the Giver instead of the gifts, we see the world and our own lives in proper perspective, God’s perspective. The reward? Peace in our hearts and an assurance of God's continuing presence.
Dear God,Thank you for my life in a free country, the United States of America, and the patriotic heritage You have given me. Thank You for dreams come true and dreams deferred by Your wisdom. Thank you for my loving family. Most of all, thank You for salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
What are you thankful for this year? As you offer your thanks to the great Giver, let His Spirit fill you with worship and praise so you can see the world and your life through His eyes.
I'm so thankful for my family. Here are my daughter Jane and granddaughter Savannah making something yummy for Thanksgiving dinner.
Award-winning Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction for Harlequin's Love Inspired imprint. In addition to numerous other awards, Louise is the recipient of the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award for her 2005 novel, Hannah Rose. With her great love of history and research, Louise has traveled to several of her locations to ensure the accuracy of her stories’ settings. When she isn't writing, she and her husband love to visit historical sites and museums. Her 2011 Love Inspired Historical Regency novella, The Gentleman Takes a Bride, earned second place in the prestigious Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Louise has now turned her attention to her old home in Colorado, and her first Love Inspired Historical western will be released in June 2014. Please visit her Web site at http://blog.Louisemgouge.com