November
2015 ThanksgivingScriptures and Thoughts on Thanksliving

1. Psalm 95:1-6 – O Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, And a great King above all gods, In whose hand are the depths of the earth; The peaks of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for it was He who made it; And His hands formed the dry land. Come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
 
We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.  – Harry Ironside

2. I Chronicles 16:8 –Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.
Exalt God for who He is. God has so many amazing attributes that we should focus on Glorifying Him for these.

3. Psalm 107:29-32 –He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad because they were quiet; So He guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men! Let them extol Him also in the congregation of the people, And praise Him at the seat of the elders. .
The Christian who walks with the Lord and keeps constant communion with Him will see many reasons for rejoicing and thanksgiving all day long. – Warren W. Wiersbe

4. 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
God is at work for our good and His glory. Biblical thanksgiving does not focus on our circumstances, but on the character of God. Circumstances change; God does not.
Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given.” ~ Marelisa Fábrega

5. Colossians 3:15-17And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. – G.K. Chesterton

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ Melody Beattie

6. Psalms 147:7-8 Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.
….. everyone should have a heart of thanksgiving as soon as they open their eyes. If being able to take another breath and having the ability to open your eyes in the morning isn’t the biggest blessing, I don’t know what is. Moe Alodah, Gratitude Precedes Happiness

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

7. 1 Chronicles 16:34 O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Being in constant communication with God throughout the day is a great way to show thankfulness and honor.

“And when I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me.” ~ Ann Voskamp

8. Psalm 100:4Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.
There should be a parallel between our supplications and our thanksgivings. We ought not to leap in prayer, and limp in praise. – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ~ Epicurus

9. Psalm 118:24 The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.
The more my heart is parked in a place of thanksgiving and rejoicing, the less room I have for grumpiness. Lysa TerKeurst, Unglued Devotional

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

10. Psalm 136:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.
On faith – I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow, so I approach it with confidence and thanksgiving. Zig Ziglar, See You At The Top

“I see the glass half full and thank God for what I have.” ~ Ana Monnar

11. James 1:17Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Thanksgiving is coming to the life-altering understanding that truly precious things can’t be owned anyway. And the wonder of it all is not only realizing that we can’t own them, but it’s realizing that we don’t have to expend the energy in the maintenance of them in order to enjoy them. Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Gratitude and love are always multiplied when you give freely. It is an infinite source of contentment and prosperous energy.” ~ Jim Fargiano

 12.  Psalm 50:23  Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and to the blameless I will show my salvation.
God makes us rich in every way so we can be generous on every occasion, which will result in thanksgiving to God. In other words, God doesn’t bless us to provide for our own needs; he blesses us so we can be generous. Rick Warren Generosity Quotes

“He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.”
~ J.A. Shedd

13. Psalm 100Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever, his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Thanksgiving is good, but ‘thanksliving’ is better. Author Unknown

“The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

14. Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everysituation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
For every complaint you might say or think, try to replace it with words and thoughts of thanksgiving. Rhovonda L. Brown, At Least Say, Thank You!

“It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continual feast.” ~ W.J. Cameron

15. I Corinthians 1:4-5 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.  For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—
One of the ways we express our thanksgiving to God is by treating others with gratitude and kindness. Dr. David Jeremiah

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” ~ Frederick Keonig

16. 2 Corinthians 9:11-12 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.  ~ William Faulkner, American writer and Nobel Prize recipient

“You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.” ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

 17. Jeremiah 33:11 the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD, saying, Give thanks to the LORD Almighty, for the LORD is good; his love endures forever,
God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivings. Edwin Percy Whipple

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” –William Faulkner

18. 2 Chronicles 5:13 The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: He is good; his love endures forever.
If you want a challenge, just try to get through an entire day without uttering one word of complaint. Develop an attitude of thanksgiving in every situation. Joyce Meyer, The Power of Being Thankful

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” ~ Massieu

 19. 2 Corinthians 4:15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. W. J. Cameron

“If you never learned the lesson of thankfulness, begin now. Sum up your mercies; see what provision God has made for your happiness, what opportunities for your usefulness, and what advantages for your success.” ~ Ida S. Taylor

20. Jeremiah 30:19 From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained.
Simple blessings are all around us. Once we receive them with thanksgiving and appreciation, we experience true joy. Krystal Kuehn, Giving Thanks

“Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture.” – Kak Sri

21. Psalm 107:8-9 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
Thanksgiving is a time to give, a time to love, and a time to reflect on the things that matter most in life. Danielle Duckery, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year Greetings

“Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present.” – Marelisa Fábrega

22. Psalm 95:2-3 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.
Learn the lesson of thanksgiving. It is due to God, it is due to ourselves. Thanksgiving for the past makes us trustful in the present and hopeful for the future. What He has done is the pledge of what He will do. A. C. A. Hall Trust God Quotes

“In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and all I have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.” ~ Henri Nouwen

23. Ephesians 1:15-16 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
God, sometimes life gets me down and I find it hard to see things to be thankful for. Open my eyes to see the gifts you’ve given me in my life. I’m going to start by thanking you for loving me enough to come to earth and die so we can live together forever. Amen. – Wendy van Eyck, Contributo

“Clearly, one of the major obstacles to our experience of gratitude is the habit we have of sleepwalking through life. The truth is that we are never lacking for blessings in our lives, but we are often lacking in awareness and recognition of them.” ~ Rev. Diane Berke, Ph.D

24. Psalm 28:1,4,7,13,14 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Hear my voice when I call, LORD; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, Seek his face! Your face, LORD, I will seek. I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
O Heavenly Father:
We thank Thee for food and remember the hungry.
We thank Thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank Thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank Thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service.
That Thy gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.
– Dear Abby Columnist

“In the moments we are awake to the wonder of simply being alive, gratitude flows, no matter our circumstances.” ~ M.J. Ryan

25. Psalm 106:9 Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Thanksgiving is an act. Hence, it is not enough to have the feeling in our hearts; it is important to express it so that the party to whom we are giving thanks sees and knows that we are truly grateful for the good that we have received. Joseph A Iyongo, Thanksgiving: Recipe for Blessed Living

“Each day, each season, each cycle offers something of beauty. Let us notice and give thanks.” – Diane Mariechild

26. I Thessalonians 516-:18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Thanksgiving is the expression of an attitude, or a philosophy of life. The thankful person is a person who looks at life from a unique perspective, and, therefore, sees what the ungrateful do not see. Steve Pease, Thanksgiving: How should we thank God for all we have.

“The focus of Thanksgiving should be a reflection of how our lives have been made so much more comfortable by the sacrifices of those who have come before us.” ~ Emmons

 27. 2 Corinthians 9:12,15 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to Bod. Hanks be to God for his indescribable gift?
It’s one thing to celebrate Thanksgiving Day every year. It’s another to live on Gratitude Street all the time. People who intentionally count their blessings, express their thanks, and cultivate the quality of finding thanksgiving items in every circumstance – those are the people who live on Gratitude Street. Dr. David Jeremiah

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
~ G.K. Chesterton

28. Thanksgiving 4Thanksgiving is about a lot of things.
It’s about being grateful for all our blessings.
It’s about family and friends coming together, sometimes for the first time in a long time. time.
It’s about slowing down; it’s about heritage and kindness
Arnie Lightning, Be Thankful!

 “I find that the more willing I am to be grateful for the small things in life, the bigger stuff just seems to show up from unexpected sources, and I am constantly looking forward to each day with all the surprises that keep coming my way!” ~ Louise L. Hay

29. Ephesians 5:20 … always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanksgiving – Show appreciation for all God has given you. Max Lucado

“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” ~ Ralph Marston

30. Revelation 4:8, 9, 11. 11:17 Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’who was, and is and is to come. Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever. You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being. We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty …

“Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.” ~ Author Unknown

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, and represents food, family and moments of sharing and professing gratitude. Sarah Moore, Thanksgiving Recipes

 

 

Continual Thanksgiving…

Thank you, God for the times You have said no.
They have helped me depend on You so much more.
Thank you, God, for unanswered prayer.
It reminds me that You know what’s best for me, even when my opinion differs from Yours.
Thank You, Lord, for the things you have withheld from me.
You have protected me from what I may never realize.
Thank You, God, for the doors You have closed.
They have prevented me from going where You would rather not have me go.
Thank you, Lord, for the physical pain You’ve allowed in my life.
It has helped me more closely relate to Your sufferings on my behalf.
Thank you, Lord, for the alone times in my life.
Those times have forced me to lean in closer to You.
Thank you, God, for the uncertainties I’ve experienced.
They have deepened my trust in You.
Thank You, Lord, for the times You came through for me
when I didn’t even know I needed a rescue.
Thank You, Lord, for the losses I have experienced
. They have been a reminder that You are my greatest gain.
Thank You, God, for the tears I have shed.
They have kept my heart soft and mold-able.
Thank You, God, for the times I haven’t been able to control my circumstances.
They have reminded me that You are sovereign and on the throne.
Thank You, God, for those people in my life whom You have called home to be with You. Their absence from this earth keeps my heart longing for heaven.
Thank You, God, that I have an inheritance in the heavenly places…
something that this world can never steal from me and I could never selfishly squander.
Thank You, God, for the greatest gift You could ever give me:
forgiveness through Your perfect Son’s death on the cross on my behalf.
Thank You, God, for the righteousness You credited toward me,
through the death and resurrection of Jesus. It’s a righteousness I could never earn or attain on my own.
Thank You, Father, that You know me, You hear me, and You see my tears.
Remind me through difficult times that You are God, You are on the throne, and You are eternally good.
And thank You, Lord, not only for my eternal salvation,
but for the salvation You afford every day of my life as You save me from myself, my foolishness, my own limited insights, and my frailties in light of Your power and strength.
– Cindy McMenamin, Author

 

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