The #5 Way To Be Truly Thankful

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Well, here it is, the #5 way to be truly thankful this Thanksgiving!  I can’t believe that in just a couple of days, it will be Thanksgiving Day!  Have you gotten your turkey yet?  Do you have turkey or do you have chicken like our neighbors up the road?  I love everything about Thanksgiving Day and I have so much planned!  If I could add anything, it would be only one thing, and that would be that our oldest son could be home with us.  But, he will be spending Thanksgiving Day with some friends that live closer to his college in Georgia and he’ll be home for Christmas break.  I am truly thankful for the family who invited him to their home!  I pray blessings for each one of them and the heart of Jesus they have shown toward my wonderful son.

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The Fifth Way to be Truly Thankful This Thanksgiving

Begin praying specifically for those who will be around the table at Thanksgiving and pray for God to show you someone that your family may invite to join you.

The fifth way to be truly thankful this Thanksgiving is to seek God’s provision and safekeeping for those who will be at your Thanksgiving dinner.  Many times our guests are traveling long distances to attend the Thanksgiving Day meal.  As you pray on their behalf, ask God to prepare their hearts to be truly thankful this Thanksgiving.  Ask Him to keep each one of them safe as they travel to and from your home.

In addition, ask God to reveal a family or an individual person who may need a place to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Some of our most memorable Thanksgiving Days have been the ones we have shared with another family or someone from church.

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Are you having others besides your own family join you for Thanksgiving Day?  I have heard some families say they are having up to 30 people in their home for Thanksgiving!  That is wild and crazy, but I bet it’s so much fun!  I can still remember the Thanksgiving Day celebration at my Great Granny Smith’s house in Yakima when I was very young.  As a special memory of those wonderful days, I take Granny Smith’s beautiful china out for our Thanksgiving Day dinner.  I can still hear the voices around the table, loving one another and truly thankful to be together.

Well, I know I told you that there were only FIVE WAYS to share with  you, but I have a surprise that I hope you will enjoy for Thanksgiving Eve – it’s a BONUS WAY to be truly thankful for this Thanksgiving Day.  I’ll post it early tomorrow morning in case you might want to put it into action.  I hope you’ll stop by to check it out.  Remember to leave a comment below so I know you’ve visited.  Remember to check out “November Thankfulness” while you are here.  You can find it for free just for you in the right side bar ——–>

Happy Thanksgiving!

Constance

The #4 Way To Be Truly Thankful

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Are you ready?  It’s coming!  The anticipation is building, so I want to give you the fourth of FIVE WAYS to be truly thankful on Thanksgiving Day!  Oh ya, one more thing, be sure to check out “November Thankfulness” if you haven’t done so.  You can find it for free just for you in the right side bar —–>  It’s the first book I have ever written, as well as watercolor illustrated and I’m very excited that I only have five more days to finish it!  I am so thankful for the hard work that has almost seen it’s completion and I’m thankful for being able to share it with you!

 

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The Fourth Way to be Truly Thankful This Thanksgiving

It’s amazing how bringing the colors and smells of autumn into the house begins to prepare and excite you, your family, and your friends for Thanksgiving Day.

The fourth way to be truly thankful this Thanksgiving is to do some simple decorating around the house.  Make a center piece with your children for your dining room table with a pumpkin and some cut out maple leaves in browns, oranges, reds and yellows.  Add some glitter by gluing it to the pumpkin in a simple design and on the edges of the leaves.

Make a wreath for the front door and place some pumpkins and gourds of various sizes and colors on the steps.

Burn some candles in a safe place with the scent of pumpkin spice or apple pie.

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Do you do major decorating at Thanksgiving time, or do you keep it simple?  I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.  Thank you for stopping by as we take time to prepare ourselves for Thanksgiving Day this week.  Tomorrow we will have the last of the FIVE WAYS to be truly thankful this Thanksgiving – I hope you will return to check it out and leave a message of your own 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

Constance

The #2 Way To Be Truly Thankful

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As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I am sharing with you FIVE WAYS to be truly thankful this Thanksgiving.  Here is #2:

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The Second Way to be Truly Thankful This Thanksgiving

Throughout my day I continue to reflect on the verses I prayed over in the morning.  I find ways to relate my life to them and to share these promises with family and friends.  I ask the Holy Spirit to bring to remembrance the things He has taught me during my communion with Him in the early morning.  I also look for ways I see God at work in our lives.

A second way to be truly thankful this Thanksgiving Day is by encouraging each family member to help in the making of a list of what we are thankful for.  At dinner or during family time we share something we are truly thankful for that day.  A list is made together and then read at our Thanksgiving celebration.

Another option would be to hand write several letters and send them to people you are truly thankful for.  This is a wonderful act of kindness that will truly make you thankful this Thanksgiving and will lift the spirit of others around you.

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Do you still send handwritten letters? I would love to hear from you and if you leave a comment below I will be sure to read it. Thank you so much for visiting SimplyLiving101.  Tomorrow I will be sharing the Third of “Five Ways to be Truly Thankful This Thanksgiving”.  I hope you will join me again.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Constance

The #1 Most Important Part of My Day

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I have started writing my new free gift for December Followers which will be available on December 1, and over the next five days, I want to share with you what many November Followers have already received.   The following are FIVE WAYS that help me not only prepare for Thanksgiving day, but ultimately end up being things that I use daily to keep a SimpleLiving lifestyle.

I am so grateful and truly thankful that you are taking time to visit my blog.  I love writing about my life and sharing with each of you how I personally take time each day to nurture my relationship with God in this very specific way.  It has become the #1 most important part of my day.

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The First Way to be Truly Thankful This Thanksgiving

I believe the only real way we can be truly thankful is by acknowledging that we have a Creator who loves us.  In the Holy Bible, God declares Himself to be the Creator of the universe and the Creator of all mankind.

I have shared with you my testimony of when and how I gave my life to Jesus Christ on my “About” page.  It was then, almost twenty years ago, that God began to teach me to rest in Jesus, and to simply come before His throne daily and commune with Him in a very intimate way.  It is in this time of communion that I have received great peace and have become truly thankful for all He has done for me.

I would say that the first way that has helped me to be truly thankful at Thanksgiving and every day, is the time I take early in the morning to commune with God through His Word before I get going on anything else.  I have made it a priority in the early hours to spend time in the Bible and in prayer.

Before I go to sleep I whisper a prayer to God, and ask Him to wake me early in the morning to spend time with Him.

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When I wake up, I do not hesitate lest I fall back to sleep, to get out of bed and grab my Bible and my journal, as well as my reading glasses and my pen.  You may decide to keep these in a special place where you will pray.  However, I think the act of having to find them on my end table in the dark, quietly (in order to not wake my husband), really helps me to become more awake and alert.

I spend my time in the living room where I can whisper in communion with God, and not wake anyone.

Opening my Bible to the Psalms, I choose a portion of scripture to write in my journal.  Sometimes I write out an entire Psalm (even Psalm 119!).  Feel free to select any scripture you want.

In my very best writing, I write out the portion of scripture I have found.  The act of writing has been proven to use all of the senses.  This is very important as it helps me to cherish God’s Word and give it first place in my life.

I am now ready to spend time in prayer for my family and myself regarding what God has promised in His Word and how my family is called to live in response to His promises.  I then choose to believe His Word and praise Him for His faithfulness and here I remain until I have God’s peace.  Depending on how early it is, I may go back to bed.

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Do you have a special time or place that you meet with God and bask in His presence each day?  Maybe you would like to take time to share it with others who visit this blog.  I know I would love to hear from you and if you leave a comment below I will be sure to read it. Thank you so much for your visit.  Tomorrow I will be sharing the Second of “Five Ways to be Truly Thankful This Thanksgiving”.  I hope you will join me again.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Constance