This is an adapted excerpt from a book I did a while ago called Thankful. I thought it might serve us well as we head into the traditional holiday of Thanksgiving. The book is still available on Amazon if you’re interested.


This is “be happy” week! With each sunrise, you have a reason to thank God for your life and for the good things you enjoy. The psalmist in Psalm 106 reminded us that one reason to be happy is simply because God is good. Not only is God good, but He is faithful and His faithfulness will go on forever. Imagine that! No matter what you do, how far off the path you stray, how many times you don’t get it right, God is good and faithful and His love for you just keeps going on.

Each morning when you rise and you’re able to get out of bed, you should be grinning from ear to ear, just thinking about those warm covers and blissful dreams. As you go through the day, pay close attention to all the little things you can do that make your day fulfilling. You might be amazed to realize how talented and resourceful you are.

By the day’s end, if you’re in the habit of counting your blessings, you may find it difficult to stop counting. You’ve been blessed beyond measure. You’ve been provided for, loved, entertained, challenged, renewed, and blessed in more ways than you can count…literally. As you give God thanks for those things that make your life worthwhile, you might want to put in some additional praise for those things that are so ordinary to you that you don’t notice them, at least until you can’t do them any more. If you’ve ever broken a limb, or sprained a muscle, you know what I mean.

It’s possible that you could count your blessings well into the night and fall asleep in the pursuit of remembering each one. If so, then this Thanksgiving you’ll have lots of reasons to give praise as the family gathers to pray once more. John Blanchard was once asked how often we should seek God’s face. He answered by saying, “How often do we need to see God’s face, hear his voice, feel his touch, know his power? The answer to all those questions is the same. Every day!”

Open your heart with sweet thanks and praise for the gifts God has given you.