Thanksgiving shouldn’t be a Once a Year Holiday

Gratitude changes the way we look at the world

We celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada this weekend, but for the people of God, gratitude should be a defining characteristic of our lives.

What’s “The One Question That Creates Humility and Thankfulness”?

Here’s a simple list of how gratitude changes our sense of entitlement.

And for fun, what you can learn about enjoying life from the family dog.

Graphic by Symphony of Love. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

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40 Days of Something

Many people use the season of Lent to focus on one particular spiritual discipline. Maybe these three ideas and experiences can inspire you.

Join one family that journaled their gratitude for 40 days.

What might happen if you read the entire Bible in 40 days like Margaret? (The link includes a plan.)

Or, be challenged by Pope Francis to fast from something other than chocolate this season.

Soul Training Exercises

At the beginning of the month of September, 19 people from our church began a journey to become Apprentices of Jesus. Each week we have read from a book, reflected on Scripture, memorized verses from Colossians 3.1-17, and practiced soul training exercises to help us practice, experience and think about what we’re learning as we become more Christlike.

These soul training exercises aren’t as big of a deal as you might think. To experience the true nature of God, we’ve slept more, spent five minutes a day in purposeful silence, noticed creation more often, and made it a point to count our blessings.

We thought you might like to try some of them out too.

Sunday Follow-Up: Practicing Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Sunday, guest speaker Peter Sinclair shared a message at Christ Community Church from Philippians 4 entitled, “Practicing Thanksgiving.” Unfortunately, we had some technical difficulties recording the message.

Peter talked about how true, noble, reasonable, and godly giving thanks is. He encouraged each of us to write or express gratitude to at least two people who have been used by God to shape us throughout our lifetime.

Here are two stories about expressing thanks at work, and thanking a stranger for being kind. Both are light-hearted and highlight a very interesting design plan by the Creator: giving thanks makes us happy.

Don’t believe so? Watch this video. (warning: there is a minor incident of PG language)

This post is a follow-up to a message preached by Peter Sinclair at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC on Sunday October 13, 2013. It provides encouraging stories and information about giving thanks and being grateful.

It’s Thanksgiving, eh!

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Monday is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. More than just a day off of work or school, it’s a holiday that reminds us of what motivates everything in our lives: thankfulness to God.

But the holidays aren’t always easy– juggling in-laws and schedules, strained family relationships, steering clear of hot-button issues… Russell has some ideas on dealing with family tensions at the holidays in a godly manner.

Does listing the things you are thankful for make you feel childish? Does thanking God for rainbows and ice cream seem too trivial? Jean shares how she worked through this issue to see the blessing of counting your blessings, naming them one by one… Read more in: “Thanksgiving: it’s not trivial.”

Finally, Ann shares 15 ideas for parents to encourage and teach thankfulness to their kids.

Canadian Thanksgiving- do you know the story?

Adele Konyndyk shares the story of Canadian Thanksgiving. Surprisingly, it’s a story of search, failure, and feast.

In her reflection on the history and the name (in both French and English), Konyndyk reminds all of us that the holiday isn’t called

Thanks­feeling or Thanksdoing or even Thanksbeing. It is Thanksgiving. To me that has a sound similar to many scriptural phrases of what we are to offer our Lord, including Hebrews’ “sacrifice of praise.”

Finally, she includes a link to a resource: One Thousand Gifts. On the site, there is even an opportunity for you to share your thanks.

 

This post includes an inspiring story and resource for thanksgiving and gratitude.