Truly Thankful


With Thanksgiving being tomorrow, it is hard to not think of all the things we are thankful for today. However, I think true thankfulness only comes when we really understand who we owe our thankfulness to. Everything we have and everything we are is because God has gifted it to us. Take a moment and really let that sink in. Everything you have, look around at all of the possessions, provisions and people God has provided in your life. Then think about yourself and your health, skills, talents, intelligence, freedom, etc. God has gifted you with.

We would have nothing and wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for the Lord. He created us and He loves us. That alone is deserving of our thanks, not to mention everything else He has blessed us with. 

Psalm 69:30

I will praise the name of God with a song;
    I will magnify him with thanksgiving.

The word ‘thanksgiving’ is the Hebrew word ‘towdah’. “It means praise, thanskgiving. The word depicts worship by the presentation of songs of thanksgiving and praise that extolled the mighty wonders of the Lord.”1 This verse describes true thankfulness that cannot be contained. Being so thankful that you can’t help but sing songs of praise to the Lord. 

When we think of being thankful, we often think of simply saying thanks for all God has done for us. However, when we truly understand all He has done for us, it is more than simply a few words. The Hebrew word ‘todah’ is a “word that describes an offering of thanks or a sacrifice of thanksgiving”. It is an attitude of the heart that truly wants to make an offering of thanks to the Lord. 

Are you truly thankful for all the Lord has done for you? How can you show Him your thankfulness today? Let’s keep that in mind as we celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow!

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  1. Reblogged this on Lavo Collections Blog and commented:
    Happy Thanksgiving !

  2. Thank you for telling us about this Hebrew word. It’s so nice to hear from bloggers united in similar thoughts about Thanksgiving.

    • Georgette, thanks! It is so comforting to find others online who love the Lord and want to keep Him in the forefront of our thoughts as we approach the busy and chaotic holidays.

  3. Great way to shed some light on being thankful! There is so much to be thankful for…everyday. The only way I can think of showing my appreciation to God is by, honestly, following Him. Letting Him lead my family is a daily reminder to me that it is all about HIM 🙂

    • Parent in Motus, thanks! I love the way you show your thankfulness to the Lord by following Him – something we should all do. Blessings!

  4. I reblogged this on The Christian Woman May each and everyone have a thank-filled holiday.

  5. Shelly, I was just looking over some previous posts and noticed that the pictures are by you also. I didn’t realize you are a gifted photographer in addition to a gifted blogger! Keep up the great work… on all counts! And may your holiday be a “Thank-full” one 🙂

    • Bill, only some of the pics are by me. They were taken in my subdivision. I love seeing something and automatically thinking about something to write with it. Thanks for enjoying the pics and posts. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving too!

  6. Shelly, Great reminder. Thanksgiving isn’t just about eating turkeys. Its about loving people (even the people who act like turkeys :). God has given us so much to be thankful for. Towdah

    • Douglas, we certainly need to show Christ’s love – even to the turkeys in our lives. Have a great and thankful Thanksgiving!

  7. Great post, Shelly! I pray that you and yours have a very blessed day tomorrow. Natalie 🙂

  8. Beautifully said. Have a very blessed Holiday Shelly.

  9. Gede Prama

    Amazing and Thank you for writing which is quite good and best wishes always, and greetings

  10. Great post Shelly…bless your darling heart. The amazing part is that we don’t even have to wait for “Thanksgiving” before we give Him thanks …thanksgiving should be our lifestyle.

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