Recounting God’s gifts


The Thanksgiving holiday fast approaches here in the United States. Thanksgiving recipes abound, turkeys are running for cover, and plans are being made in earnest for that fourth Thursday of November. I love the trend of the past few years of posting one thing to be thankful for each day in November, as it puts our hearts in tune with the blessings God has given us.

Can you think of 30 things to be thankful for?
Can you come up with 365? I am convinced He has given me more blessings than I can number.

As we “recount [God’s] wondrous deeds,” the one that rises always to the forefront is our salvation through Christ. What blessing could be greater?

Do not fail, however, to thank Him for the small blessings also: The warmth of the sun on a cool day, the interplay of light and shadow, the mirthful melody of birdsong, the tinkling of toddlers’ laughter, the soothing embrace of a friend, the stunning autumn colors, the solemnity of silence. These minor blessings magnify God’s bountiful beneficence.

Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite?

It breathes in the air, it shines in the light!

It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,

And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain!

– Robert Grant, “O Worship the King”

In these small things I get a taste of the joys to come. The birdsong reminds me of God’s omnipotence; a child’s belly laugh, of my rebirth in Christ; the light, of His illuminating Word; the sunrise and sunset also testify to His great faithfulness.

Every day—not just in November—find something new for which to give thanks. Write it down in a prayer journal. Make a memorial to His works somewhere in your home. Above all this, show love to some soul today, for in doing so, you reflect Christ and demonstrate your gratitude for what He has done.

Give thanks to the Lord for blessings great and small, today and always.

14 thoughts on “Recounting God’s gifts

  1. Thank you for reminding us of the beautiful and amazing gifts bestowed everyday even if we don’t notice. I often feel like Jacob who said “surely The LORD is in this place and I didn’t know it”

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  2. Amen Elihu! God and I had the “thankful” talk a couple of days ago. I challenged my self to a season of thanksgiving and intend to write about it. Romans 1:21 talks about how although they knew God, they neither glorified Him nor gave thanks to Him and they hearts were darkened. Daily praise is crucial to our heart condition!

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    1. Agreed! I also believe that if we begin our prayers enumerating God’s blessings, it places our requests in perspective. Be blessed in your diligent efforts to give thanks!

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      1. Indeed. Ages ago in Sunday school I was taught to open prayer with thanks and praise. Even Jesus said “our father who is in Heaven, holy be your name” in His example of prayer.

        Thanks, I’ll take that blessing on this endeavour…that’s a lot of writing for me! I’m still reminded of your marathon of encouragement and how I looked forward to that daily drive to just keep going. To this day, I still use you as an example! Your faithfulness to God in your blogging shines!

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