Thanksgiving is, obviously, a day to give thanks, but it shouldn’t be the only time we express gratitude to the Lord. Gratefulness should be more of a lifestyle. Just look at the Psalms, which repeatedly tell us to sing God’s praises (Psalm 92:1).
Our culture is largely characterized by ingratitude. Even in prayer, it’s easy to drift from one petition to another without a word of praise. But giving thanks refocuses our attention onto the Lord as we remember His love and faithfulness.
Gratitude to God for His faithfulness in the past increases faith and strengthens our trust in Him for the future. Remember how He carried you in times of pain, helped you in periods of weakness, and supplied all your needs. You can trust Him with whatever lies ahead.
Thanksgiving refreshes our soul as we spend time with God, concentrating on His goodness and grace. To establish a habit of giving thanks, try recalling the Lord’s lovingkindness in the morning and recounting His faithfulness at night. Thank Him for blessings—and also for the deep work He is doing in you through difficulties. As you start to see situations from His perspective, your gratitude and trust will grow.
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