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The Thanksgiving holiday marks a traditional day to offer thanks for the harvest and bounty of blessings in our lives.  I believe we do not have to wait for Thanksgiving and should give thanks on a daily basis for each blessing life brings—big and small, including the blocked blessings.

Do you ever stop and think about how blessed you are?  I mean really stop and truly give it serious thought?  Or do you race through life taking everything for granted?

Go find someplace where you can sit quietly by yourself and complete this exercise:  Name at least 20-30 things you are thankful for in your life.

Hmm, did anything change after taking a moment to pause to focus your thoughts to perform this exercise?  Are you in awe of how blessed you are? Does it amaze you to realize the things you may be concerned about aren’t really as bad as you thought they were?

Today’s cares and worries are a distant memory in the tomorrow’s of life.  A week, 2 months, 18 months down the road you will likely have forgotten about whatever is currently causing you great angst and concern.

I really love the term “cultivate thankfulness” from the scripture below.

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. ~ Colossians 3:15-17 (MSG)

Cultivate thankfulness on a daily basis.  Choose to focus on the joy associated with the many blessings in your life.  You are blessed.

Cultivate the habit