The Journey to Thanksgiving (part2)

It started when I asked other bloggers to share their own Thanksgiving stories. It became a journey of gratitude and transformation.

I only made it through five posts yesterday, but those posts changed my heart.

I have to admit that I approached the remaining list of posts shared by fellow bloggers with a mixture of fear, expectation, and awe.

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I wasn’t disappointed.

Jenny from Her View from Home started it. Midway through her post, she shared

I love that for one month each year, we all wake up and realize that no matter what, we all have something to be thankful for.   Isn’t it sad though that the rest of the year, we get so caught up in “doing” that we forget about “being”?  What would happen if all of us embraced this season of thankfulness and lived it every day, not just when we look at the calendar and see that Thanksgiving is quickly approaching?

It echoed my own musings from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always!

Pray constantly.

Give thanks in everything.

Asheritah from One Thing Alone takes the idea one step further. She said “The truth is, we don’t really need a Thanksgiving Day as much as we need a thanksgiving heart. A heart that will continue to give thanks even after the meal is over.”

She goes on to echo the “I’m full” theme as she observes “Real thanksgiving will overflow from a heart that is filled with Jesus. Because when Jesus fills your heart, you don’t need anything else.”

Lord, fill my heart.

Diana at Fearfully and Wonderfully Made shared her entire 30 day series on Thankfulness.  In it, she echoed my own prayer.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful And always be thankful  Colossians 3:15

Yes Lord, I want to be thankful.  

Why can’t I be better at thankfulness?

Susan at Fruitful Words seemed to answer my question as shared why she choses gratitude. She says “Instead of worrying and fretting, I choose to be grateful.”

I had to pause and let that sink in.

Choose to be thankful.

If I can choose to be thankful, then I can certain choose to be … unthankful … ungrateful.  I flipped back again to that scripture from 1 Thessalonians.

Rejoice always.

My notes remind me that rejoice means

to feel or show great joy, delight

archaic – to cause joy

Rejoice.  Choosing Joy.  As I’ve written previously with great passion – Joy is a choice.

Rejoice always. – joy is a choice

Pray constantly.

Give thanks in everything. – gratitude is a choice (and a gift)

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But I’m still not ready for Thanksgiving.

If, like me, you just rolled your eyes and said “but sometimes there’s just so much BAD that it’s hard to be thankful” then Lynnae has some words of wisdom for you.

Start Small.

Look Outside Yourself.

See The Eternal.

Understand The Season.

I can’t wait to see what God wants to teach me in the next installment of the Journey to Thanksgiving!

The Bloggers featured in my Journey to Thanksgiving are:

DAY 1

Heather at My Overflowing Cup.

Melissa at Plaidfuzz

Colleen at Blessed are the Feet

Sandra of Sandra’s Ark

Alesha from Alesha Blessed

DAY 2

Jenny from Her View from Home

Asheritah from One Thing Alone 

Diana at Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Susan at Fruitful Words

Lynnae McCoy

DAY 3

Susan at Hope Heart Home

Barbara from Worth Doing Poorly

Urailak at Living for God

Ashely at Purposeful Mom

Gail at Gail – Friends

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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