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Tsh Oxenreider is the author of Notes From a Blue Bike and the founder of The Art of Simple. She's host of The Simple Show, and her passion is to inspire people that 'living simply' means making room for more of the stuff that really matters, and that the right,...

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  1. Tsh,
    You are right on the money when you say it is our choice to give thanks. Not because God NEEDS our thanks, but because He knows we NEED to thank Him. He knows that our hearts change, in a positive way, when we give thanks and God is all about loving His children. He has given us the gift of thanksgiving in order that it would transform us. One of the areas I struggle in giving thanks is when I am stressed out. I am learning to thank God for those people and situations that stress me out because I believe that God is working all things together for good. Though my children stress me out at times, I am so thankful that I have children.
    Thank you for a very poignant post!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  2. Thank you!!!! Thank you lord for giving me the technology to read this today. You read my mind! Tsh! Thank you giving me a good starting perspective this morning!

  3. This is so me, where I am right now. And I’m seeing thankfulness right the ship in so many areas of our family’s life…and I am so encouraged.

    Which only serves to make me thankful.

    Funny how that works. 🙂

  4. What a great reminder! How I needed to hear that this morning. Our ‘House Sale’ fell through and we were half packed! BUT GOD knows the end from the beginning and he allows things to happen to his children from his ‘heart of love’. “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever.” Yes, I will choose to ‘give thanks’. I’m not going to wait for my emotions!
    Bless you abundantly Tsh.
    Sandy Renaud

  5. Oh, I get this too well. For me it comes with guilt, too. There are things I wish I cared more about, and things I wish I didn’t care so much about. Urgh! I can’t always make myself “feel” a certain way, but I can make myself say thanks. Yes. So good…Always a process, but I’m in it for the long haul.

  6. Thank you for your honest words, Tsh. The things in life that I find myself conscientiously giving thanks would be those things I do not and may not have again this side of heaven. Good for the heart, soul and mind…always. May your Thanksgiving be full of gratitude and peace.

  7. Tsh,

    Giving thanks helps me to rid myself of the doldrums and puts the devil at bay! 🙂 Years ago I made a thankful journal of everything I could think of from God to electricity to health and jobs. It is about 246 or more items long. I make it a daily ritual to write down the things I’m thankful for each day in addition to those listed. All that helps put my day into perspective.

    I believe giving thanks should be a daily activity and not just once a year. This will allow people,
    especially youngsters, to see just how much they have and teach them to praise God for!

  8. Thank you precious Lord that I have a job; a steady job that feeds and clothes my children. This is where I struggle the most with thanks. It’s not my dream job. I feel like a rat on a wheel, furiously running, but accomplishing nothing. There are few days when I feel that I have contributed something positive. But, for this current season, it is my job, and I am thankful to have it.