It’s been a year like no other. Not in a good way. The pandemic is on the rise, as is crime, unemployment and social distancing.

You’ve felt the pain of 2020.

I’ve felt it, too. Like a weight in my soul.

In fact, I wasn’t going to post this Thanksgiving because honestly, I’ve been feeling more fearful than thankful.

But I know that’s the time when I need to be thankful the most. 

Not only do I need to count my blessings, I also need to express my gratitude. Brian Buffini says, “Gratitude unexpressed isn’t really gratitude. Expressing gratitude unleashes its power.”

So, I’m writing this post to express my gratitude to you.

Writing to you each month is a blessing.

Somehow, I feel like God brought us together. I hope you feel the same way, too. Thank you for reading my posts. Thanks for sharing them with others. I’m grateful when you stop me at Publix to discuss one of my articles. I appreciate your funny D.M.’s. and texts. I’m grateful for your comments online, and for your kind emails from all over the world, and for your encouragement.

I’m thankful you believe in the Lord, in a time when so many refuse to believe. 

My prayer is that you will practice being thankful today, along with me. That you’ll take the time to count your blessings and to express your gratitude to God and to others. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to do that, isn’t it? 

Here’s a thought that reminds me to be thankful:

The last creature on earth to discover water is a fish. Other animals crave it. They seek out water. Long for it. Pant for it. Risk their lives just for a drink of it. But the fish doesn’t realize what he has. Abundant water is all he’s ever known. Only when he’s taken from the water, can he truly appreciate what he’s always had.

Don’t be like the fish. Look at the abundance you have all around you and be thankful.

Here’s a fun list to get you started.

10 Little, Happy Things to be Thankful For:

  • The first taste of coffee in the morning.
  • A long distance call from an old friend.
  • A gooey chocolate chip cookie, just out of the oven.
  • Singing praises in the shower.
  • When someone loves the same quirky thing as you.
  • Discovering a Scripture that blesses you all day long.
  • Wrapping up in a warm, fluffy blanket from the dryer.
  • A fresh, new journal to write in.
  • Snoozing by the fireplace on a cold afternoon.
  • A dog who truly loves you, no matter what.

We have more blessings than problems–even in 2020. If it were the other way around, we couldn’t bear it. But praise God, we all have much to be grateful for.

I hope you’ll make Thanksgiving 2020 a time of expressive, intentional, over-the-top gratitude. I’ll do the same. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

 

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