A Handful of Reasons for Thankfulness

on November 11, 2020

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Psalm 118:1 (NIV)

Our world is changing right before our eyes. Thanksgiving 2020 is the optimal time to reflect on thankful thoughts and memories we can share during this holiday season instead of the emotional days behind us.

  1. To move through the holidays in thankfulness, recognize the good gifts that surround us. We can begin with the breath in our lungs or the bread on our table. In my twenties, all I could afford some days was a tomato sandwich. I can still feel the fresh white bread sticking to the roof of my mouth and the crunch of the salt on the tomatoes. It wasn’t much to brag about, but it seemed like a gift from God.
  2. To focus on a new happiness, take a slower pace. Let’s escape from past hectic Thanksgivings when our focus was Black Friday, not thankful Thursday. Instead of finding the next exit in a shopping mall, use Thanksgiving weekend to find TV shows that offer a warm fuzzy feeling.
  3. To learn how to prioritize what cultivates joy. People who surround themselves with joy prepare for the holidays in a more manageable way. Past Thanksgiving preparations caused stress in my life. This year, I’m keeping it simple. If I forget something, I’ll make do.
  4. To share our thoughts when it’s appropriate. I consider relationships our greatest gifts. It’s a privilege to serve others. Serving can be as simple as checking on a friend. When someone helps you and they’re struggling too, that’s not help; that’s love. God has called us to spread His love. Share a word of encouragement, an inspiring article, or how Christ rescued you in times of trouble.
  5. To use words carefully. Words matter─ they have the power to change our actions. Avoid the “poor me” attitude and grumbling. Use words that lift us, not crush our spirits. On Thanksgiving and every day use your words to praise the Lord, for he is good.

 
My heart breaks for those who have endured losses this year. My prayers go with you. In difficult times is when I need the Lord the most to see me through. Right now, He waits with arms open ready to help.

God provided a way for us to be family through Jesus, who delights in restoring us with fresh hope. When we embrace hope in our lives, it gives us more than a handful of reasons for thankfulness.

To encourage another person this Thanksgiving, please share a favorite memory of God’s goodness toward you or a loved one

16 thoughts on “A Handful of Reasons for Thankfulness”

  1. Diane S. Clark says:

    Oh, Linda, this was written for me and where I find myself today. Some days we have to seek hope and thankfulness as it doesn’t come easily. Other days are mountain top experiences even amidst COVID and its disappointments. May God richly bless you twice as much as your writings bless us. How will you spend Thanksgiving this year as your life has changed so with a major relocation as well?

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      The conversations we have every day has helped me move forward. I believe God uses you as one of His hope messengers. I’m thankful for you and your support.

  2. My favorite memories are of church on Thanksgiving morning.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Thanks for commenting, Evelyn. I can see you now in church on Thanksgiving morning.

  3. Jeannie Waters says:

    Linda, your beautiful writing made me thankful for a simpler holiday season this year. Although I miss my mom terribly at Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for memories of her faith and a positive attitude she shared with all who met her. May the Lord remind us to count our blessings.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Jeannie, It sounds like you had a wonderful Godly mother. She taught you well. You’re following in her footsteps. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate you.

  4. Bona Hayes says:

    I am grateful for you, Linda, and your inspiring words. Left to my own devices, I incline to self pity and guilt. Uplifted by God, I can serve others. Thanks for offering suggestions. May your Thanksgiving be blessed.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      I also feel guilt at times that I don’t measure up. Keep moving forward, keep serving, Bona. You have many talents and gifts to offer others.

  5. Nancy says:

    You are a great writer and great at encouraging people. Things for sure are different this year. Things happen for a reason. We don’t always understand but as long as we put God first it will be ok.
    Love ya girl, keep up the good work!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      If God is for us, who can be against us? Luv you too!

  6. Carolee says:

    You have definitely found your calling. You are quite capable of using your talent to communicate to others the uplifting in spirit from joy and the warmth of hopefulness in the love of the Lord. Stay the course, girl, for what you give to others, returns to you more pure. God, I’m sure, is saying “Well done My good and faithful servant.”

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Carolee,
      Thank you for always supporting me. I’m thankful for our friendship.

  7. Ellen Greer says:

    These are strange times, and Thanksgiving will be different this year for sure. But, we have SO much still to be thankful for. God’s Goodness will carry us through this dark period. And it’s only as dark as we make it. Let’s remember to be thankful for family and friends who remain the constants in our lives and the spirit of God who makes it all possible. Your words on thankfulness will propel us forward to better days with joy filled hearts!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Thank you, Ellen. If we keep our eyes on the blessings we will defeat the darkness around us. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment.

  8. Laura Griffin says:

    So Beautiful!!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Thanks, Laura. Have a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving.

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