Thursday, November 18, 2010


It’s only a week away – Thanksgiving, that is. I never appreciated Thanksgiving the way I should have until I was an adult, and more so after I became a mother. The air chills a bit, fall aromas fill the air, and everyone is close. Not only is Thanksgiving a holiday to reflect upon thankfulness to God, but it is accompanied by a few days off of work, days that I spend enjoying my family.

The rush stops for few days for us, and we simply spend time together.

And “my cup runneth over” as Psalms 23:5 says.

It does. It runneth over.

I spend all year asking God in different ways to “fill my cup” and on Thanksgiving Day, and the few days that follow, I realize that my cup runneth over. I realize He has been faithful and supplied all that I need and more, He has filled me to overflowing. I get excited as Thanksgiving approaches each year because my cup gets so FULL.

My friend Kristie, who I met this past summer at She Speaks, is the author of a new blog entitled “Strengthening Me”, and her post for this week was entitled “A Thankful Heart”. To prepare her heart for Thanksgiving, she decided to write down something every day between now and Thanksgiving that she is thankful for and challenged her readers to do the same. She also encouraged them to share that list at their Thanksgiving meal. I think that is a wonderful idea and I challenge you all to do the same.

Lysa TerKeurst, in her book Becoming More Than A Good Bible Study Girl, says this about a thankful heart:

“Remember, thankfulness breeds thankfulness. The more we practice it, the more we’ll live thanksgiving out loud.”

So let’s practice Thanksgiving between now and next Thursday so that we can live thanksgiving out loud.

Thanksgiving to God = Praising God, Praising God = God’s Presence. He inhabits the praises of His people, so thank Him, which will lead you to praising Him, which will lead to His presence, which leads to a cup that runneth over.

Let’s start our lists right now, tell us something you are thankful for today and everyday from now until Thanksgiving. There are cups out there longing to run over.

And when you get a chance, check out Kristie’s blog, Strengthening Me at . I know you’ll enjoy it.

Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides, I thank you today for giving me a cup that can overflow with your love and provision. I pray for my readers today, some of whom are having a difficult time, and ask you to whisper something to their hearts as a reminder of something they are thankful to You for. I pray for all of us to have hearts prepared for Thanksgiving Day, but further I pray that we remember in those moments that it is easy to grumble, that thankfulness breeds thankfulness. When we practice thankfulness, we live it out for others to see, and that reflects your heart.

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  1. Goodness. So many things....I am thankful for my husband. The way he craves to be like Christ. How his every desire is to conform to His image, and live a life boldly in front of everyone who crosses his path, our kids, his co-workers, people at church, our families, etc. His focus is to "get rid of all that easily ensnares and entangles" so there is more of Christ in his heart/life.

    I am so thankful for my family. I'm thankful that I have a house that runs over :) I'm thankful for my beautiful/handsome tools that God uses to show me His heart and teach me about His challenges with me as His child. I'm thankful He saw fit to let me feel love in 7 ways I never had before.

    I'm thankful for the kitchen. I'm thankful God gave me a spot, a niche, a passion to serve where He called me.

    Im thankful for so much more...but this is going to be a daily thing? awesome! Im excited to read everyones lists! (I LOVE lists)

  2. I am so thankful that Jesus loved me so much that he gave his life for me. I am so grateful for His Holy Spirit that lives in me. For the correction from the Father and for the times when he reveals Himself to me in times of need.
    Julia Meyer


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