Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Good morning my bloggy friends! (Or afternoon/evening depending on when you actually read this...) Today I'd like to focus a little bit on Thanksgiving, since it is this very week after all! I just wanted to share a few things I am thankful for in my life, and then share a challenge at the end as well...

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The Bible tells us that we should give thanks in all things! (1 Thessalonians 5:18)  Sounds like a tricky thing to do, but it's something we really should work on each and every day, not just once a year for a special holiday. 1 Chronicles 16:34 says, "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever." Isn't that great? That God's love endures, forever?! That alone is enough want to make you thank God all day long, right...?!

And then there are also some great Psalms about thankfulness as well:
Psalm 69:30 -- I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 95:2 -- Let us come before him with Thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
Psalm 100:4 -- Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise, gives thanks to him and praise his name.

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I am thankful for:
A wonderful, loving family
My super sweet boyfriend
An amazing Savior who died for me and forgave my sins
Living in the Sunshine state
A church family to call "home"
Being called to youth ministry, and getting to work with the youth in my church
My education
Being healthy enough to ride bikes!
Being surrounded by a great group of friends
This amazing life God has granted me with

These are only ten things that I am thankful for. But let's be honest here people, because there about a million more that we can each name in our own lives. My challenge to you however, is to recognize these things every day, not just on one day each year! So, write down at least ten things you're thankful for, make it pretty, and hang it somewhere you'll see it every day.{ I'm going to put mine on my bathroom mirror.} And then make sure you actually read over it every day, and thank God that he has provided a multitude of blessings in each of our lives!

And finally, I just want to share the doxology with you today, because even though it's not specifically a "Thanksgiving hymn," it's still very fitting when talking about gratitude and thankfulness...

"Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise him all creatures here below,
Praise him above ye heavenly hosts,
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen."

And Happy Thanksgiving to each of you!


Brooke said...

So many things to be grateful for! Loving this post!



Hallie @ Life:Oceanside said...

lovee that you are so greateful and you have wonderul things to be thankful for:) Lucky lucky girls we are!

hope you have a GREAT holiday my dear!

emi said...

beautiful post! thank you for it! your blog is darling and we are following! xo chaseandem.blogspot.com

The Mrs. and The Momma said...

Hey Halie! Isn't it great to remind yourself of everything you have to be thankful for? I just love doing that because I usually thing of things I either take for granted or overlook. Thanks so much for linking up today! I really appreciate it! Hope to see you next time, as well! Happy Thanksgiving!

The Mrs. and The Momma

Erika @ rouge + whimsy said...

beautiful post. thanks for linking up! :)

Sandy a la Mode said...

i need to go on a bike ride this weekend!! i will make it a goal!

Sandy a la Mode

Megan said...

Love it! So true, we need to remember to be thankful every day! I love the doxology.

delovely details said...

Great post! Love the idea to keep things on the mirror to be reminded of how lucky we are everyday. Great to link up with you, Happy Thanksgiving!

Megan said...

I love that hymn! Love it!

What a blessing to work with youth! It is a hard (at times) yet such a rewarding experience to walk alongside teenagers as they grow.

Such a great list of things to be thankful for!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your super sweet comments! Made my day! :)

Happy thanksgiving and blessing to you!

Julie Marie said...

you should stop by and link this up to my BLESSED series I did last week. today is the last day to link up. we are doing a giveaway for all our linker uppers =) here is the link to the post in case ya wanna =)