More Gratitude

Today, we are officially one week from Thanksgiving. I’m excited for dinner. I was trying to think of the best way to put my heart in the best posture for this day. I don’t want to be focused on cooking, cleaning, and doing all day. I want to exist in a state of gratefulness for all that I do have and for all that God is providing for me.

I am looking forward to all the wonderful things that we’ll be doing on the big day. We are definitely going to eat a lot of food. Less than in years past but maybe more than usual. I usually broil some steak and make some mushrooms and shrimp to go along with it. I toss in some vegetables and some french bread and we’re some happy folks. This year I have discovered some pumpkin strudel and I’ll bake some of that for desert.

I’m so thankful that this year we will be able to still have our special dinner. I have been under employed most of the year and we’ve tightened the grocery budge so I’m definitely thankful we’re doing this. Plus, I usually only do this once a year.

Also, I’ve been making lists of all the things I’m thankful for and collecting them for my scrapbook. I liked how much my perspective changed when I did my 21 days that I have continued it through this season and the next. So each day I’m paying attention to one thing (at least one) that I am thankful for in every day life. For Christmas, I’ll do a countdown and track it there as well.

On Thanksgiving, we’ll get up a little early, do our turkey trot and then come home to warm up. I’m praying the weather will be not rainy and not super windy. We might have a breakfast casserole or some hot chocolate. Then we’ll probably enter a discussion about the season. We’ll take our family photo for our Christmas card in front of the fireplace. Then we’ll dig into dinner.

In the thankful spirit, I have prepared a list of readings for us for the week leading up to Thanksgiving. I have wanted to read the Psalms all the way through but I’ve been focused on other things. Yet, I thought that I’d read some verses to put my heart in a grateful state before thanksgiving.

If you’d like to read along, you can just save the image below and refer back to it each day. You can print it out too, if you’d like.

On the way up to the day, I plan on reading the set of verses each day. I want to reflect on how I can learn from them and integrate it into my life. All the happiness experts say that gratefulness makes us happy. I’d like to think that a grateful heart makes for a great life. I want a great life. I’m working every day to make a great life to live. What fun is it to just exist?

How about you? What do you do for thanksgiving? What is the special thing you do to usher in the day? Do you have any special plans or traditions? Enter a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

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