Intentionally Thankful At Home
With it being the season of Thanksgiving, it’s probable that most of us will stop at some point to “count our blessings” (as the old hymn in my home church used to encourage us to do). Can I just say that being intentionally thankful at home is a practice that we should entertain all year long? That may seem like the obvious, but let’s be realistic here. There are no other people that we know that are easier to take for granted than those who live in our house!
Whether it’s our spouse or our children, we could all probably hone in on being more appreciative; on being more cognizant of the blessing that these people are to us. Family is a gift! Your spouse is a blessing to your life and your children are “...a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.” (Psalms 127:3) I know they don’t always act right. I know they could do better. I know they may have disappointed you and even made you mad. BUT, they are YOUR PEOPLE! God has put you together to do life.
The Bible teaches us to “...give thanks in all circumstances.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
We are told to live with an attitude of gratitude— “giving thanks always and in everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20
Philippians 4:6 tells us not to worry about anything, but to thank God for all He has done.
Think on the good qualities and the good memories you have in family. Celebrate your people! Compliment them! Don’t wait---Let your family know that you are thankful for them! Why don’t you stop and call or text them right now? Don’t wait on them to move first. YOU be the “hero”! You take the first step and the high road and be thankful, intentionally—just because God said we should—not just because it’s the season of Thanksgiving! (Go ahead---send that text!)