Monday, November 22, 2010

Giving Thanks

Last week I read this devotional on, The Attitude of Gratitude 
By Skip Heitzig, and thought I would share it with you today. 

When our pilgrim forefathers came to this country, what they were up against was far worse than anything we face now. The first year, over half of their band of 110 died. Our pilgrim fathers dug seven times more graves for the dead than they built huts for the living. And yet during that same period is when they decided to carve out a day where they could say, "Thank you, Lord, for all of your benefits." One of their leaders, Edward Winslow, wrote of that first Thanksgiving in the fall of 1621: "And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty."
President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving in 1863, in the middle of a terrible civil war. He said the country's blessings were due to the "ever watchful providence of Almighty God... No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy." And he asked for the "Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it."

In 1 Thessalonians 5, Paul gives a series of short little commands like "rejoice always," and "pray without ceasing." In verse 18 he says, "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

I am thankful for much, especially our family and friends, an amazing husband, two wonderful daughters, two great "sons" and a precious baby granddaughter!
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving day with your family and friends.

~ Julie
Remember to come back Wednesday and sign up for a wonderful "White Christmas Giveaway"
P.S. It's been snowing here, so we may have a white Thanksgiving! I love snow!


  1. Just when you think things are so bad take a look back. Thank you that was a wonderful post.

  2. Thank you for being a blessing to me today, Julie. This was absolutely wonderful. :) Have a blessed Thanksgiving, friend!

    xoxo laurie

  3. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Julie!

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  5. why does my post look like this?

  6. Julie- thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments on my bathroom redo and thank you for your lovely blessing post! As far as the country French magazine goes- I find them at SAMs club and costco and have seen them at safeway as well. I don't think they have a subscription- they only come out a few times a year. Good luck- hope you find it- if not let me know and I can check for you. :)


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