Yesterday thoughts of the week ahead began to stir my soul. The older I’ve gotten (don’t ask!), the more I’ve seen Thanksgiving have less limelight. The focus of all retail is Black Friday. I don’t think our forefathers ever imagined that the day they set aside to give thanks would be minimized to mere minutes.
My blog posts are generally focused on God’s Word and the ideas and thoughts he gives me. I’ve told you before that my opinion of what happens in this world doesn’t matter much at all in light of eternity. You can find opinions anywhere and everywhere. So I’m just going to whisper to you that a certain tv commercial I saw last night about “thanksgetting” went totally against the grain for me. I had already been thinking of this post and all the different ways we can show how thankful we are. Thanksgetting? Seriously?!
21 Ways of Giving Thanks
Choose just one of these 21 ways of giving thanks and discover more joy in your life. I promise it will be better than anything you could possibly get.
1. Create a thankful tree with your family.
Our family has created a thankful tree for the last several years and it’s a wonderful way to focus on giving thanks for a season, rather than only one day of the year.
2. Take a prayer walk.
A simple way to be thankful is just to cultivate giving thanks for everything you can see. Tell God how beautiful his creation is.
3. Make a list.
Just take a few moments and write out a list. My friend, Joanna Weaver, has a beautiful printable you can use for reflecting on what you are thankful for.
4. Think about the simple things you use every day and focus on what life would be like without just one of those.
Maybe it’s your bed, a favorite piece of clothing, or even a coffee cup. Tell someone how thankful for you are for this item.
5. Start a journal.
Not sure how to begin? Check out this post for how to start journaling.
6. Use the JOY journal method.
The JOY journal acronym bookmark is a super simple way to prompt yourself to outline your thanks.
7. Send a note or card through the mail.
Everyone still loves to receive mail, right?
8. Send a text.
An unexpected thank you text can be just the thing to encourage both your heart and the hear of a friend or loved one.
9. Write a social media message.
Use your social media status to give thanks for a set number of days in a row. This is an especially great way to curb the temptation to complain about things that are going wrong.
10. Be intentional and focused on saying thank you in person.
I try to remind our children to do this on a daily basis, but sometimes a day of focusing on giving thanks to everyone you come in contact with is especially needed.
11. Volunteer your time.
Giving back to your community or church is a beautiful expression of thanks.
12. Challenge yourself to give 100 thanks.
Journal each day until you reach the number.
13. Make a list of “thankless” jobs.
Many service jobs are overlooked and the people who work those jobs are left without appreciation for their hard work. Make a list of those people in your community and outline 2 or 3 ways you can be intentional to show them your appreciation.
14. Place thank-you notes written to your family in lunch boxes or backpacks.
Always a treat to get a note at lunchtime!
15. Initiate a corporate thanks for someone you know in leadership.
Have all members involved to bring a note of thanks to your company president, pastor, or government representative.
16. Make a family “Thank You” poster and take a photo.
Send the photo either digitally or in print to give thanks to those who have served your family in some capacity.
17. Write a prayer of thanksgiving using this one as a springboard example.
18. Use one word to describe a quality of your spouse or a loved one and decorate it.
Give your one word creation along with some verbal words about why you are thankful. You could be as simple or creative as you like, even frame it for a longer-lasting memory.
19. Use a list of Bible verses to inspire thanks.
20. Write out a list of the names of God or words that describe who he is.
Praise him not just for what he has done but for WHO HE IS. Use this article about the names of God for a little help.
21. Print a favorite quote that reminds you of true joy.
You could even create a gratitude poster or board to focus on giving thanks. Pin your quotes or photos to the board as a collage of gratefulness.
Even when I can’t find thanks in my heart for what God is doing, I can always find praise for who he is. – One More Step
The God who never changes, Who was and is and is to come; give thanks to his holy name.
Have a wonderful week of Thanksgiving!