Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Giving Thanks vs. Being Thankful

Recently I was at a friend's house for a meal. Before we ate she gave thanks. I mean she really expressed her thankfulness to God, not just for the food she was about to eat, but for His presence in her life and all He gives her. She didn't go on and on. The words were simple, but rich and deep in meaning. I could tell she was talking to Someone to whom she was truly grateful.

Photo Credit: Wee Sing Bible Songs

I can remember when our oldest child first starting giving thanks at mealtimes. He always said, "Thank you for this nice day and this good food. Amen." He was three at the time and was probably more interested in eating the food than saying thank you for it. That's natural.

But I know adults who haven't gotten any farther than that perfunctory "Thank you" before they dig in. 

And I know I've been guilty of that too. 

That's why my friend's prayer was so refreshing. She wasn't a child being prodded by her mother, "What do you say?" She was truly grateful.

Her prayer has me paying more attention to what I say when I pray before meals. I stop and think a minute about what I'm thankful for and then I tell God about it. I don't take a long time I just express my gratefulness to God for all He has given me and does for me. <<Tweet This!

Photo Credit: Wee Sing Bible Songs

In this month when we are concentrating on thankfulness lets not just make lists of all the blessing we have, but think about those things, "look" at the Giver and tell Him from our hearts how much we appreciate it all.

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  1. Thankfulness and gratitude is so important. Thank you for your kind reminder to thank from the heart and not the memorized words. I know God must appreciate the heart words more. Blessings to you!

    1. You are welcome, Evie. It's a reminder I need too.

  2. I have an ongoing thankfulness board on my blog. Gratitude everyday is great.
    Following you everywhere! ;) Come by
    ~Naila Moon

  3. First, I love the pictures you used in your post! It's so easy to pray 'out of obligation' at mealtime. Bow head...check, God deserves so much more than that. Thanks so much for this reminder! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
    I'm following!

    1. Thanks for coming by! The second picture is my oldest son when he was 3 "pwaying". Thanks for following!



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