Remembering our Blessings

Do you feel that Thanksgiving is brushed aside in our hurry to get to Christmas?  I do.  I like Christmas as much as the next person, but my family celebrates Thanksgiving for the whole week.  We decorate in fall colors and fake leaves (you have to use fake in Phoenix). We burn spiced pumpkin candles, and eagerly wear our tan and orange sweaters and scarves the moment the temperature drops below 100 degrees!  

In the frenzy to watch football and eat turkey, do we remember to be truly thankful for our blessings?  Every day should be filled with Thanksgiving. It’s a sure anti-depressant. The Bible commands us to be thankful.  “O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the people.” Psalm 105:1. Before you can thank the Lord for his blessings, you have to remember what they are and in our busy world, we can easily forget.  To help you remember, I recommend making a blessing jar or bucket or some kind of container to store them in. For crafty types, this can be decorated and placed in a visible spot in your household. I would use small 3×5 index cards to write one blessing per card.  A blessing could be an answered prayer as well. What size container should you use? How much do you expect the Lord to bless you? You might need a 33 gallon garbage can!

For young ones, check out the book, The Blessing Jar and this cute blessing jar.

Thanksgiving is a great time to take out these cards and read them aloud.  On other days when you feel particularly discouraged or forgotten about (and we all have days like that), take them out and read them again.  We all need reminders. While you’re at it, ask the Lord to show you more ways he has blessed you to add to your jar.

“What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me?” Psalm 116:12