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.
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
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.
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
Give thanks in everything. – gratitude is a choice (and a gift)
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.
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:
Heather at My Overflowing Cup.
Melissa at Plaidfuzz
Colleen at Blessed are the Feet
Sandra of Sandra’s Ark
Alesha from Alesha Blessed
Jenny from Her View from Home
Asheritah from One Thing Alone
Diana at Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Susan at Fruitful Words
Susan at Hope Heart Home
Barbara from Worth Doing Poorly
Urailak at Living for God
Ashely at Purposeful Mom
Gail at Gail – Friends