We love this skit. It’s fun, and it’s also true. So many times we forget to focus on the things for which we can be thankful. So, let’s change that. Let’s approach this day (and every day after) with grateful hearts. And as we look at all we have to be thankful for, here are a few thoughts for you to prayerfully consider:
First, Concerning Being Thankful:
Try to look at your spouse with a thankful heart, rather than a picky, negative one. We’re told in Philippians 4:8, “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” This is a great principle to apply to how you view and talk to your marriage partner.
“Count Your Blessings. Every day, take some time to think about all the things you’re thankful for. Even better, tell your spouse all the ways you’re thankful for them. Remembering all the wonderful things in your life is a great way to re-center yourself when you’re feeling anxious. It can also help you keep day-to-day life in perspective.” (Drs Les & Leslie Parrott)
“Focus on gratitude in the moment, no matter what is going on in your life right now. Gratitude can shift our perspective on so many things, even when times are hard. When we focus on what we’re grateful for, we can embrace the season we’re in and overcome many difficulties that might make us feel stuck otherwise.
“Gratitude can help us move into a new season in our marriage. That is because we’re learning to embrace the moment for what it is and appreciate its blessings. …Spend a little time with your spouse meditating on blessings and focusing on feelings of thankfulness. Whatever this season holds for you, navigate it with intentional gratitude in your heart.” (Drs Les & Leslie Parrott)
And then lastly:
Here’s a prayer written by Cheri Fuller; see if it embodies the prayer of your heart. Perhaps you may even want to use it to pray over your Thanksgiving celebration:
“Lord, so often we are asking You for things. You told us to ask, seek, and knock. But You also tell us to always be thankful and to pray with thanksgiving.
That’s where we often fall down. So often we are talking to You about what You haven’t done yet and about what we want You to do instead of thanking You for what You have already done for us!
So we take this time to praise You for who You are. You are the Mighty God, the Everlasting God, Lord of Lords, God of all comfort, our refuge and hope. Thank You for our family, our home, and our church. And thank You for the love You have put in our hearts.
We give thanks for all the joys we’ve experienced and the many ways You have provided in the past. And we even thank You for the problems we’re currently dealing with because they draw us closer to You. They also give us one more opportunity to seek You.
Thank You for this season of life and for the gift of today. It’s another day to love and learn and grow together. Most of all, thank You for the gift of Your son, Jesus, so we can know You and have hope for today and for eternity. Amen.”
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