Sacrifices of Thanksgiving

My house is hustling with activity as we prepare for Thanksgiving.

Many batches of dinner rolls are made, cookies baked, casseroles assembled.

My list is miles long.  My help a little distracted.

I can only imagine the scene in your home today. 🙂

But in the busyness of the season- can we stop for a moment and focus on thanksgiving?

Not the holiday with the food and the family and the responsibilities – but the idea.

You know – the attitude of gratefulness that we should be displaying in our lives.

How’s your heart? Are you thankful?

A quick look through scripture shows us that the word thanksgiving is often used with the word sacrifice.

Psalm 107:22 “And let them offer the sacrifices of thanksgiving.”

What a thought.

When I hear the word sacrifice I see Abraham posed with a knife over Isaac.

Or Mary breaking the bottle of expensive perfume and anointing the feet of the Savior, wiping it with her hair.

Yet scripture tells us that every “thank you” that we offer up to the Lord is a sacrifice.

Something precious – laid at His feet.

A gift.

What a beautiful, amazing thought!

May my heart say with the Psalmist –

“I will offer to thee the sacrifices of thanksgiving” Psalm 116:17

I ask again, how is your heart? Is it full of thanksgiving?

Offer them to the Lord as a sacrifice.

Do You Have a Thankful Heart?

As we celebrate Thanksgiving today, the question I ask myself is, do I have a thankful heart?

I am surrounded by so much. We are celebrating our first Thanksgiving in our new house with friends and family. I have a wonderful husband and five great kids.

All of our parents are still living and still love each other (and us). We have a whole slew of siblings and in laws and nieces and nephews that we love to be around.

I have a Savior who loves me unconditionally, a dear church family, food in the freezer and clothes on my back.

But is my heart thankful? I’m ashamed to say it… but not always.

Isn’t it amazing that even when I have so much- I can still find something to complain about?

Remember the Veggie Tales movie Madame Blueberry?

This song from the movie says it well…

We thank God for this day
For the sun in the sky
for the friends that we have
for this yummy apple pie
for the love that He shares
‘Cause he listens to our prayers
That’s why we say thanks every day.

Because a thankful heart is a happy heart.
We’re glad for what we have
That’s an easy way to start

For the love that He shares
‘Cause He listens to our prayers
That’s why we say thanks everyday!
That’s why we say thanks every day!

Be glad for what you have today, remember that a thankful heart is a happy heart!

Let’s say thanks every day!

Happy Thanksgiving!