Gratituesday: Why I’m Thankful


I’ve been struck lately by what I hear in the “worldly world”.  Almost everyone in America is celebrating Thanksgiving. Christians and nonChristians alike.

But what does it really mean to celebrate Thanksgiving? Is it about eating turkey and pumpkin pie? Is it about having a day off of work?

Lots of people talk about being thankful…and say things like, “What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?”

But what is being thankful if we don’t acknowledge the One we are thankful to?

It brings me great joy to know the One to whom my thanks is directed. When I say I’m thankful…I’m talking about being thankful to GOD…the one who deserves my thanks.

I’m not just happy that I have a great family. I am THANKFUL that God chose to give me the family I have. I’m not just excited that I have a house and health and clothes and shoes. I am THANKFUL that God is the giver of all good things.

To know God. To have a relationship with the One who loved me enough to die for me. To realize the God who is in control my life.

That is what I am thankful for.

What are you thankful to God for this Gratituesday? Please share it with us either by leaving a comment or by posting to your blog and linking here (or both!). 


This is the last week of the November Gratitude Challenge. While I know this week is busy with holiday preparations…please do take time to join us in praising God for what he has done in our lives!


  1. says

    I am so thrilled that I found your blog just in time for this week. This is a fabulous weekly theme–something that needs to be remembered every week and not just this one!


  2. says

    I’m so thankful for everyone in my life. Both the people I have met in person and those I know through blogs who encourage, inspire, and uplift me.


  3. says

    Hi Laura, May I add “thank you” for you, your family, and your blog? You have been a blessing to me and I appreciate your help and support more than you know. So “thank you” for being my cyber friend and nanahood supporter! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


  4. Danielle says

    Our pastor said on Sunday, and challenged us to tell people FIRST Happy Thanksgiving. She said that when they respond Happy Thanksgiving, they MUST give thanks to God. And they don’t even realize it!

    I thought afterwards, I hope they don’t say you too!


  5. Jaime says

    I am thankful because my God is the Creator of all and the Sovereign Lord. It is by His grace alone that I am what I am. Thank you Lord.


  6. says

    I am thankful for good health! PTL!
    And for family, friends, food, warmth, love, joy, peace, our senses that God gave us!, God’s creation, books, education, a home, animals, babies! Thankful that my niece is doing good after her first cleft lip surgery.
    And sooo much more!


  7. Shelly W. says

    First and foremost – I am thankful for my Lord and Savior!!
    I am thankful for my warm home full of children’s laughter, food in our bellies, good health, and the closeness we share as a family. Today -I am thankful for all that God has and continues to bless me with!!


  8. Christy says

    Amen! We need to be thankful for the Giver not just the gifts that He so graciously gives us. If we didn’t have the family, home, friends, etc. we would still have His Son who is the greatest gift we could ever have!


  9. says

    Our church service tonight was all about giving thanks. Everyone was given an opportunity to stand up and share what they were thankful for. It was so refreshing to hear from everyone that they are first thankful for salvation…for without it, nothing else that happens has any true meaning. My heart’s desire is that I would be a more greatful person so that all people may come to the Father through those who shine His light and salvation!
    Happy Thanksgiving, Laura!


  10. Tracy Compaan says

    I just posted a facebook message that gave the credit to Jesus and then I read your post. So it is neat to see someone else with the same desire. Happy Thanksgiving!


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