It’s an earlier, shorter post this week. I’m giving myself a small break, and also wanted to leave more time open for you to spend with loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving!
Sitting here typing this, I’m basking in the glow of my laptop screen, of course, but I’m also enjoying the fruits of my labor on Saturday: I put up Christmas lights in the living room. Perhaps it was hasty of me, but it’s been increasingly gloomy outside and darker earlier. I needed a bit of cheer.
Giving God thanks for all He’s given to me also cheers me up. We’ve all been blessed with so much, but it can get overshadowed at times by the stresses and troubles of every day life. Struggles try to pull our attention away from the good — away from His goodness — and steal our joy. Don’t let it! (Psalm 42:11) Instead of counting yourself out, count on His strength and count your blessings! Trials are just blessings that you have to work a little harder for! (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
So, without further ado, here is a poem with a theme of thankfulness. Many of my poems speak of being thankful for this or that, but I actually wrote this one around Thanksgiving, several years ago.
“Thanks Be to God!”
With so many problems in our world,
our fears and worries mount;
It’s often difficult to pause—
our many blessings to count.
Thankfulness sows the seeds of joy,
so be grateful for all things;
Cheerful or blue, God loves you—
only the best for you He brings.
Give thanks for life, for guidance
through all that comes your way;
Good or bad, we can be glad
–praising God for every day.
Thank the Lord for family,
Praise the Lord for friends,
Give thanks for His enduring love
–a perfect love that never ends.
Here’s one of my all-time favorite songs: Every Good Thing – by The Afters
It is a joyful song of praise that always lifts my spirits, thinking of how good God is, and all He’s done in my life!
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 (NIV)
“Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise You! I will praise You as long as I live, lifting up my hands to You in prayer.” Psalm 63:3-4 (NLT)
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