Thanksgiving: Not Just For The Holidays.

Posted on Nov 23 2013 - 9:36pm by momcafe

Around the Internet, there is Thankfulness everywhere!!  I love that.  It softens even the toughest of hearts, doesn’t it?  There is power in gratitude.  I believe that is truly where my favorite verse was heading when Paul finished his passionate prayer prescription with this:

Philippians 4:8

New Living Translation (NLT)

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Amen?

Gratitude can fight and win every battle we have with that dark negativity that threatens our peace.  It’s that good.  I am constantly reminded of this verse, and we try our best to instill this Truth in our every day lives.

Not just during Thanksgiving.

Perhaps that is the real challenge, my friends.  Will you still be thankful in the cold dark months of February?  The dreary endless days of March?  At the hospital?  In your sick bed?  Going to your miserable workplace?  Captive at home with sick kids?  Stressed with financial burdens?  Wrestling through family conflicts?   Etc.  Those days are the ones that gratitude desperately cries out to carry.

Gratitude changes hearts.  It can change yours too, if you let it.  Even in your darkest times- it’s there… bound deep within.  Every single day, we have a choice to allow it to reveal itself in all its glory.  We can choose to find the light in our journey, or we can be weighed down with the heavy burdens that can shadow our perspective and sometimes even sink us.  It just needs to be released.

Perhaps you will take this Holiday theme to heart.  To your heart.  Daily.  Hourly if need be.

It’s the greatest gift you will ever need.

Open it by will.

It’s waiting. 

Always.

 Thanksgiving Not Just For The Holidays

 

 

 

 

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  1. Rabia @TheLiebers November 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    So well said. I am in the middle of a post about being thankful for the things I complain about. Well, I called it something better than that, but that’s essentially what it’s about. I have so many things to be thankful for and we are so blessed in so many ways. I need to be better at remembering that more regularly.
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    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      It’s the half empty or half full mentality. It sounds so trivial, but really- if we live it out… it changes everything!! I can’t wait to read that post!!

  2. Considerer November 23, 2013 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Yeah. This is a tough ol’ challenge alright, thinking ahead to the dark, cold, rain-filled days of miserablest winter, when I’m cycling my commute and soaked and chilled to the bone before the day even begins…*siiiiigh*

    Sometimes the good ideas are such EFFORT!

    But YAY! You’re in the hop :D Love that.
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  3. another jennifer November 23, 2013 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    I love this verse, Chris. It’s perfect. There’s always something to be grateful for each day. Always. We just have to remind ourselves of this sometimes.
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    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      I swear I think I use this verse too much in my posts… but I can’t help it! It is one of my very FAVORITES EVER!! I love it when scripture just threads through your heart and spills over into your life. I believe that is how God intended for His Word to be absorbed. Such a blessing right there!!

  4. Ginny Marie November 23, 2013 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    You hit the nail on the head! It’s so hard to be thankful during those rough patches in life, isn’t it? I used to keep a gratitude journal, and it helped me to be mindful of even the little things that I was thankful for.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      I love the idea of a GRATITUDE JOURNAL!!! If I wasn’t so lazy, I would totally do that! We write down blessings and stick them in our “Blessings Jar” every week- so that is our best ‘practice’ at it here in our home. It’s really something!

      YOU have a beautiful Holiday too, my friend!! XOXO

  5. Susannah November 24, 2013 at 1:08 am - Reply

    Amen and amen! And one of my favorite verses.

    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      MINE TOO!!!! MINE TOO!!! (Just another reason why we need to be BFFs. ;) )

  6. christine November 24, 2013 at 1:22 am - Reply

    I hope all of the thankfulness people are expressing through November sticks and they keep it up through the other months. It’s true. Gratefulness changes a person. Even in the darkest of times, there are things for which to be thankful. We just need to make a habit of looking for it.

    I do like that scripture verse.
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    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      That scripture is one of my faves…. I keep it floating around here a lot! You are so right with all you said, Christine!! There really is an art to being grateful and practicing it in the best of the times AND the worst of times. Thanks so much for coming by my friend!!! So ‘grateful’!!! :)

  7. Janine Huldie November 24, 2013 at 2:26 am - Reply

    You said this perfectly and trust me Chris, this weekend alone I feel like I have tons to be thankful for, including my little girl’s third birthday. I try my best to write down and keep track of all I am indeed thankful for, but seriously thank you for reminding me yet again that I am truly grateful for the life I do have!! :) Happy Thanksgiving, too!!
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    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      I love that you are so beautifully intentional with your gratitude Janine!! It shows… in your heart and in your gorgeous perspective on life. XOXO

  8. Kristi November 24, 2013 at 3:02 am - Reply

    You’re right–thanksgiving should occur every day, not just on a holiday!
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    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 7:14 pm - Reply

      It sounds so “cliche” but really- in practice, it can be a lifeline during those rough moments/days/weeks of our lives.

  9. Stephanie November 24, 2013 at 3:21 am - Reply

    Well said. We always have a choice. Always. Even if it seems like the situations we’re in doesn’t seem to offer any alternative, we can choose how we will respond. We can chose love.
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    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      And we can choose to look BEYOND our circumstances and see much more than our own dreary landscape. There is always ALWAYS something to embrace that is rich with light. No matter how dark it gets in our days. Amen? XOXO

  10. Angela November 24, 2013 at 4:41 am - Reply

    Beautifully written as always!!

    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      AW! You are too kind Angela! Thank you my friend!!! XO

  11. Tamara November 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    I love that gratitude changes hearts! And your middle paragraph about all that can go wrong – kids sick, miserable workplace, oh boy – you really nailed how I can get in the middle of winter. (never in summer, though)
    We can choose thankfulness and gratitude.
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    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      Isn’t that THAT when we need it most? Clinging to light in the midst of all the darkness that at times can surround our every day. That is when I need it most. And that is when being intentional is so critical. It can be our lifeline, when we struggle and need something to hold on to. Amen? It’s always there for the taking… we just have to go find it. :)

  12. Meredith November 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Sort of like my last comment, but I am just WOWED by the way you are allowing God to use your circumstances to bless others. Chris, you are just the coolest. Thank you.
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    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 7:07 pm - Reply

      Oh Meredith!! Your encouragement fills me with so much warmth and love I just wanna burst open and SQUEAL!!! Or run over to your place and maul you with hugs and kisses!! I adore you to the moon and back, my friend!!!! MWUAH! XOXOXO

  13. Marcia November 24, 2013 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Amen sister! I think we would all agree that it’s much more difficult to be grateful in the “thick of it”. But that’s where the richest reward can be found (wish I could always remember that)! Thank you for the beautiful reminder (as always!)
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    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      I love how you said that Marcia!! “That’s where the richest reward can be found”… YES!!! Because when we really try to be intentional, discovering that light in the darkness, is so incredibly powerful. That is when we need it most. XOXOXO

  14. Michelle November 24, 2013 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    One of my blog friends wrote a reverse bucket list…instead of all the things she wants to do, she wrote about all the things in her life she was grateful for. I loved that concept. If we can just look at all the things we have to be grateful for, Thanksgiving comes every day!
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    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      It’s the “half-full” mentality, right? We are so richly blessed- and there are days where I really miss out on noticing every detail that I should be grateful for. EVEN when it’s rough, there is a bounty to acknowledge and embrace- always. I love your friend’s idea!!

  15. Kim November 24, 2013 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Great post!!! Part of why I never participate in the 30 days of Thankfulness (or whatever it’s called) in November – I think that we need to remember some of that all year long (especially in the months after all of the holiday let-down!).
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    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm - Reply

      EXACTLY KIM!!! I see all the ‘gratitude’ going around and I wonder- will they find that same spirit after the hoopla of it all? I do hope so…

      That’s when we really need to be intentional about it. :)

  16. Laurie November 24, 2013 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Hit the nail on the head again…because everyday is where it counts.

    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      EXACTLY Laurie!! It’s wonderful to see all the gratitude floating around these days- but I really wonder how intentional we all are in our “every day”. It must be carried through to the days we need to embrace it most. Amen? ;)

  17. AnnMarie November 24, 2013 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    I’m going to make a promise to do this. To be thankful even when I don’t feel very thankful. Kind of a “fake it til you make it” deal. And I am going to remember this as the stress that holidays bring takes hold.
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    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      Just try to focus on all the good elements in your life- that’s the key, I think! There are ALWAYS good things… even when we are in the midst of painful circumstances. Amen? (How are you though? Really.? Praying for you always… Love you so much my friend!!)

  18. Sarah @ LeftBrainBuddha November 25, 2013 at 1:05 am - Reply

    I totally agree!! It needs to be a life practice.
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    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      I know you do agree Sarah! I loved your post on this topic so much!! :) Thanks for stopping by. So ‘grateful’. XO

  19. Ilene November 25, 2013 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Gratitude is life changing. It allows us to see the good even in the most difficult situations. I agree – that we should all endeavor to stay grateful even after Thanksgiving is over.
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    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      YES my dear… oh YES!!! Choosing to be grateful despite our circumstances- is a gift we need to embrace DAILY!! (I love you for stopping by!!! 58 hours now??? OY.)

  20. thedoseofreality November 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Excellent post Chris! I will be very interested to see if the thankfulness season can continue…wouldn’t that be amazing and wonderful?! I would LOVE it! :)-Ashley
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    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      Yes it surely would Ashley!! We can be intentional every day to make it happen! :)

  21. Beth Teliho November 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Yes! Great to see you on the hop – WOOP! And I agree, gratitude is a choice, but also a gift if you choose it each day. Well done, well said. love it. :)
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    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      Oh thanks so much Beth! I think we are on the same page with this one! It IS a gift we can choose to be intentional with every day. CHEERS to THAT! ;)

  22. HappyMomSusan November 25, 2013 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    I love this. Thankfulness is such an important part of contentment and happiness for me! Well said.
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    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      Amen Susan! The best way to forge through our lives, isn’t it? There are always a hundred blessings to find in our every day… :)

  23. Joy @ i can say mama November 25, 2013 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    I try to stay thankful throughout the whole year. It is so important to be aware of all the good things in our lives.
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    • momcafe November 25, 2013 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      Amen to THAT Joy! It’s the best way to live. :)

  24. Lisa @ The Golden Spoons November 25, 2013 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Love it! That is such a wonderful verse and a lovely reminder that we should all focus on what we have, no what we are lacking. Happy Thanksgiving my friend!
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    • momcafe November 26, 2013 at 2:04 am - Reply

      It’s hard sometimes, especially in the face of adversity. BUT I really truly believe that it is then we need to embrace it most. We will always be lacking!!! That will never change. So why not just be focused on what we do have? AMIRIGHT? ;)

  25. Menopausal Mother November 26, 2013 at 3:57 am - Reply

    This is wonderful and so very, VERY true! We spend so much time complaining and then it takes a holiday like Thanksgiving to shake us up a bit and remind us that we should be grateful for the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. Great & thoughtful post!
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    • momcafe November 27, 2013 at 3:29 am - Reply

      Thanks Marcia!!! It is interesting how people come out in droves with gratitude… when really, every single day there is reason to be grateful. Plenty of reasons. And even in the midst of those dark days, it’s most important to find things to be thankful for.

      You’re a love to stop by and share your light here, my friend!!! XO
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  26. Tammy November 26, 2013 at 4:11 am - Reply

    Right on! I have more to be thankful for than I could ever, ever deserve! The most awesome (and handsome) husband a girl could ask for, the best friends God has to give, and the most precious children…kids’ school, teachers, church family…….
    bursting with thankfulness! And YOU, my friend, are one of my absolute things to give thanks for!

    XOXOX

    • momcafe November 27, 2013 at 3:30 am - Reply

      We really have an ABUNDANCE of blessings in our lives, don’t we WPB? Oh how grateful I am for all the same things!!!!

      Can’t wait until Friday!! YAY!
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      • Tammy November 27, 2013 at 4:01 pm - Reply

        Meeee toooooo!
        Friday! Friday! Friday!!!

  27. Kristi Campbell November 26, 2013 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    This is really beautiful and so well said. It is much harder to be thankful when things aren’t going the way we’d hoped they would. But, like you said, perhaps that is the very most important time to be thankful of all. Because really? We have so much. Love. Warmth.
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  28. Amber Day Hicks November 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    SLOW moving, as always… well- I will get here… Gratitude is an AWESOME concept! I try & most of the time succeed but there are times I don’t, I think I need to make a more conscious effort to show gratitude. Fantastic post, SSSF. XOXOXOXO. Happy Thanksgiving.
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    • momcafe November 27, 2013 at 3:33 am - Reply

      Oh babe… I am so GRATEFUL FOR YOU!!!! I am thinking about you so so much. Praying for you honey!! Please give me an update when you can?

      I hope you can have a beautiful holiday despite what’s going on… how are you feeling? Oh how I worry about you!! XOXO
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  29. Manal The Go Go Girl November 26, 2013 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    I love the verse. I might have to steal it. We seem to forget how thankful we should be the moment something goes wrong. Thanks for the reminder!

    • momcafe November 27, 2013 at 3:35 am - Reply

      Steal away!!! It’s everyone’s for the keeping!!! It’s really one of my faves- it just sticks well. And really- applicable all the time, isn’t it? I try hard to remind myself of this truth constantly!!

      And it really makes such a difference in my perspective. Even in the worst of times…

      I love LOVE seeing you here!!! WOOHOO!!! :)
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  30. Cyndi November 27, 2013 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Gratitude does change hearts. :) I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
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  31. OneMommy November 27, 2013 at 2:41 am - Reply

    Once again, so beautifully said!

    Each night as I lay to sleep I think of the things I am thankful for that day. It truly is not just for Thanksgiving — we need to remember our blessings daily.
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  32. Adrienne November 27, 2013 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    One of my all time favorite verses, Chris. (As I’m sure you know!) I have admittedly been a bit a Thanksgiving Scrooge. Glad to get a great reminder here!
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    • momcafe November 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      I think I float that verse around here more than any of them! It’s definitely my fave- because ANYONE can be touched by it, and who could ever debate it’s value? I do hope you are able to raise yourself above the yuck (been there) and embrace the ‘good stuff’ today, Adrienne!! Happy Thanksgiving dear friend!!!

  33. Michell December 3, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    It’s always so refreshing to stop by here Chris! ;-) I do love the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s a time that melts even the hardest of hearts and more than likely everyone will be doing the same thing…fellowshipping with family and loved ones and being grateful for being able to do just that. But, as you’ve stated, it can’t just stop there. Gratefulness must become a lifestyle for us, so that we can receive all we need from Him in order to minister to others. Thanks for reminding us my friend to always have a grateful heart, because quite frankly…He’s been too good to us for us not to! Have a good one Chris! xoxo
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    • momcafe December 6, 2013 at 5:04 pm - Reply

      I just LOVE what you said Michell!!! There is so much to be grateful for every day…. we can’t miss all the blessings He has bestowed on us! What a dishonor to the Almighty Giver and Gracious God.

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