Yesterday I focused in on my novel for National Novel Writing Month, played with my daughters, baked a pie and some cookies, and went to a wonderful Thanksgiving Eve worship service. Today I celebrate the blessings I received yesterday, day 178, and today, day 179, of this journey of Thanksgiving for the many blessings the Lord has bestowed on me and my family.
Our Pastor has this wonderful exercise in Thanksgiving that he gives each year to the kids in our church: Giving Thanks from A to Z. We gave thanks as a congregation last night, my youngest daughter and I filled out our lists, and as a family we talked about it again at our late breakfast.
So here's a sample of Giving Thanks from A to Z:
A - Anna, animals, aardvarks, antelopes, apples, and applie pie
B - Bible, bees, beans, buses, buds, blooms, blossoms, belugas, blue, and butterflies
C - Cats, Constitution, Charity, Candles, crotcheting, Christmas and colors
D - Dads, dogs
E - Elephants, eagles, Easter, Eeyore, and Emily our cat
F - Faith, Family, Friendship, food, fireworks, feasts, forgiveness and forests
G - God, girls, giraffes, goodness, Grandparents, and grace
H - Hands, hats, hope, harvest, hallelujahs, home
I - icicles, ice cream, ice, islands, interpreters,
J - Jesus, Joy, John, Jessica, Jacob, jumping, and Jumper our Beagle
K - Kites, kangaroos, kids, koalas
L - Love, life, languages, learning, Latin, lace, and Lady our dog
M - Moon, Maps, Marriage
N - Newness, newspapers, noon,
O - Outdoors, Octopi, oranges, orange
P - Peace, people, pie, purple, pink, pillows, Pooh, and Piglet
Q - Quilts, Quiet
R - righteousness, Rhino, Rachel, roses, reindeer, right
S - Sun, stars, sky, skiiing, snowboarding, snow, Snoopy
T - Trisha, Tigger, Tigers, trees, tea, tables, and Thankgsiving
U - Umbrellas
V - Videos, Valentine's Day, voices, and vows
W - Water, wisdom, writing
X - xylophones, and xylems
Y - Yellow, yaks, Yellowstone, yoga, and you
Z - Zebras, zoos, and zippers
Now it's your turn. Grab your family and Give Thanks from A to Z!
"Make a joyful noise to the Lord all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with sining. Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations." Psalm 100
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." Philippians 4:4-8