Day 15 – A Thanksgiving Sacrifice

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Did you know that giving thanks is considered a sacrifice by God? Psalm 116 describes this often overlooked aspect of gratefulness:

“I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving,

and will call upon the name of the Lord.”

Psalm 116:17

Why would God regard thanks-giving as a sacrifice? What is the cost for those who are grateful?
Answer: Expressing gratefulness mandates that we surrender our natural tendency to murmur.
Complaining is often our instinctive default when things don’t go our way, while thankfulness requires effort. The good news is that you can cultivate an attitude of gratitude by choosing to thank God for what you do have rather than murmuring about what you don’t have.

Practical Ways to Demonstrate Gratefulness toward God:

1.      Begin each new day by thanking God for your health and strength and other blessings you usually take for granted.

2.    Look for benefits in the things that normally cause you to murmur. 

3.    Thank God for the trials He allows in your life for your good and His glory (Romans 8:28).

4.    Sing songs of praise and thankfulness to the Lord.

Practical Ways to Demonstrate Gratefulness toward Others:

1.       Tell them! Make a habit of saying “Thank you!”

2.      Write letters or cards, thanking them for what they have done and for the qualities demonstrated through their actions.

3.      Public recognition. Tell others about the kind deeds they did and how you have benefited by those deeds.

4.      Give gifts of appreciation. The thoughtfulness behind the gift means more than the cost.

5.      Spend time with them. Sometimes quality time or a special outing is more valuable than a letter or a gift.

6.      Pray for them, and inform them of your prayers.

Thankfulness, like love, requires action. And just like any other character quality, the more we practice gratefulness, the more proficient we become.

Sacrificial thanks-giving soon transforms into consistent thanks-living.

Thankful Challenge:
Make a list of blessings in your life that you have to be thankful for and post the list in a prominent place (for most of us, that would be in the kitchen, near the sink or on the fridge). Whenever you feel the urge to murmur, read aloud from the list, thanking God for each blessing. By choosing gratefulness, you are surrendering to the Lord your right to complain.

Thankful Challenger:

I have been a follower of Jesus Christ since meeting Him In 1997, during the darkest moment of my life. I am the wife of Terry (for 23 years) and homeschooling momma of ten children, ranging in age from 27 down to our 2 year old, and I get to be grandma to two precious little ones, so far (#3 is on the way!). In my Shoebox I share about relationships, lessons I’ve learned from costly mistakes, frugal living and how to look for the Lord in every situation. Cheryl blogs over at “Treasures from a Shoebox” and you can fin her on Facebook.

Link up to the challenge:

 
I’d like to invite you to link-up if you are participating in this challenge, or if you have written a post that will encourage women to be more thankful.
If you are not a blogger you can link up too – just use Becoming a Strong Woman of God URL in place of your own to indicate that you are committed to this challenge.

Bloggers, if you are linking up below, may I ask that you post the “30 Days of Being Thankful” Challenge button on your site so that other women will join in the challenge as well.

Serving Him With Joy,

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About Sonya

I am a sinner saved by grace trying to move through this broken world as a wife, mom and homeschooler. I have 3 gorgeous sons {24, 17 & 11} and a wonderful husband of 13 years, that have my heart! I don't have all the answers however sharing my life with you in hopes that it will drawer you closer to Him. I pray that when you leave here you walk away knowing Him better.

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