Let the whole earth shout triumphantly to the Lord!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God.
He made us, and we are his—
his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and bless his name.
For the Lord is good, and his faithful love endures forever;
his faithfulness, through all generations.
Psalm 100 (CSB)
A posture of gratitude can shift our perspective and our hearts to see God in the present moment. In suffering pain and grief, in dealing with annoyances and inconveniences, in waiting for hope and good news, we can practice being thankful. This seemingly trite exercise has the power to change our groans to praise and to make us aware of God, who is always with us.
Practicing gratitude can look like writing down a list of things you’re grateful for — the beauty of fall, the laughter of children, the gathering of family — or it can be a list of things God has done in the past that you want to remember again. It can be bullet points of God’s promises that you’re clinging onto in the thick of things or how you see God working in those around you. Whatever it is, write it down today or say it — in a journal, on a post-it, or even in the comments below.
And on a day set aside for counting blessings, we want you to know we are so very thankful for you.
Those of us working behind the scenes of (in)courage and those of us sharing our words and our stories never once take it for granted that you show up in this place, inviting us into your inboxes and your lives, sharing your own stories and hearts. Thank you for being part of this community.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
Thank you Heavenly Father for all your blessings guidance protection for keeping us safe secure unharmed and healthy You are an awesome amazing God in the darkest of times your light shines the brightest. We pray praise and give thanks to you. In your name, in sweet Jesus’ name. Amen.
P. S. Thank you God for the incourage team and website. When I needed encouragement a different perspective hope and sometimes a good cry God you guide me to their website bookmarked on my Nook. Thank you incourage team. When God guides me to the website I am blessed and thankful to be able to read. Awesome amazing team.
Amen to that!
Amen! I agree— I’m so very thankful to God for all the blessings He sends— even those disguised as trials. I appreciate the (in)courage staff and writers for always providing us with a bit of encouragement and courage for the day to come. Mostly, I’m thankful for Jesus and His sacrifice, allowing me to enjoy the blessings of life here and the promise of Heaven. Have a wonderful day, because we serve a wonderful God!
Emily Kirchmann says
I’m grateful for family and friends who encourage and support me. I’m grateful for worship music and devotionals to inspire me to grow closer to God. I’m grateful for His creativity in every sunrise, the grains of sand, the placement of my son’s freckles, the curls of my daughter’s hair. I’m thankful that God is available to me through the sacrifice of Jesus. I’m grateful that I don’t have to be perfect because He is!
Thank you Lord for all your blessings!!I am so grateful for family and friend and this this group of ladies that put out a devotion every morning. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!
Christina Wienroth says
So true that thankfulness turns our thoughts away from endless sorrows or solutions for our problems we try to find alone – such a good reminder to start every day and every part of the day in thanking God for who He is and praising Him – He is in charge – He is working for us so that we experience that all things have to turn to the best for us (Romans ) –
yeah – I know that and experienced it – and all the same in the challenge through new problems my first reaction is to deal with them as if God wouldn’t exist … so good that God doesn’t loose patience and helps me practice to say thank you in advance for His solution for my problem
So very thankful for this space to come to every morning and read such uplifting words of God’s love and (in)couragement.
Janet W says
Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you all for the beautiful, heartfelt, truthful, hard and soft words and memories you share. You fill me up and take away. You remind me God is always with me. Thank you
May your hearts be filled with thankfulness. May your homes be filled with love, laughter family and friends
Warm wishes for a very happy Thanksgiving \0/
Thank you in return. I very much look forward to your daily posts. They are inspirational and provide a positive note for starting each day. On this day of Thanksgiving, Thank you as well, with wishes for all of you to have a Blessed Thanksgiving with your families.
Thankful that you’re here- encouraging us, ministering to us!
I’m thankful for the many times God has pulled me out of struggles. I’m thankful also for family and friends. Hope everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving!
Beth Williams says
Thank you for all the hard work you put into this website. Your words encourage women all over the world. I remember the beginning of this blog & have seen how it has grown over the years. May God continue to bless you all.
Sure we have a day set aside to give thanks for ALL that God has blessed us with-But we should give thanks daily. Make a list of the many trials/tribulations Jesus walked you through & the tons of blessings you have. This reminds me of the song “Count Your Blessings ” Chorus: Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
I pray everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving!
I’m also very thankful for you. The ones who put everything together and the writers. Many posts have touched my heart over the years and have been just what I needed on that day.
I’m somewhat behind in reading all my emails, so this is a few weeks past your Thanksgiving celebrations. Mine are in October. 🙂 Mind you, any time is good to be thankful for all He has blessed us with in our lives.