This entry is part 9 in the series Home Assignment 2011

Thanksgiving is coming soon… In 2 weeks actually. This time of the year always brings about reflection and thoughts of gratitude for Americans.

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But why do we seem to only give thanks around the time of Thanksgiving?

It’s important to have a thankful heart. The Bible says so. So shouldn’t we have an attitude of gratitude all year long? That’s what the Lord commands us to do.

Thanksgiving is definitely a time of remembering what God has done. I’ve just been challenged to work on this attitude all year round. It’s so easy to complain when things don’t go my way rather than have a thankful attitude. Another blog I follow says this about being thankful:

“It’s the intentional, everyday thankfulness that I seek to cultivate in my…

[heart]; illuminating the awe of everyday blessings amid both trials and goodness.”

Now there’s a challenge… being thankful in the midst of a trial. It’s not necessarily about giving thanks for only the goodness; it’s about being thankful even when things aren’t going the way you thought they should go. What blessings do you find in the midst of the trial?

“I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.” Psalm 86:12 (ESV)

So what about you? What are you thankful for today?