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Giving Thanks is Rather Easy

Giving ThanksOn this day before Thanksgiving, I would like to wish you, and yours, a very Happy Thanksgiving. At this time of year, we take some time to count our blessings and show our appreciation for loved ones, near and far. Giving thanks to God for all His bountiful blessings is the right thing to do. Yet, we should not reserve giving thanks to one day out of the year.

Giving Thanks in Your Morning Offering

God is gracious to us every day. Every morning, as we wake, the first thing we should do is give thanks for this day. You can make it part of your morning offering to God. What is a morning offering you might ask? I use the acronym ACTS to describe a morning offering.

A stands for Adoration. A simple prayer will do: I adore you, Oh Lord.

C stands for Contrition. An Act of Contrition will do nicely.

T stands for Thanksgiving. This is where you count your blessings, giving thanks to God for His goodness.

S stands for Service. A simple prayer will do. Lord, help me to do Your Will today.

If you were to start each morning with these simple acts of prayer, you might be quite surprised at how:

  • Good it makes you feel!
  • Well your day progresses.
  • Much virtue emanates from you throughout the day.
  • In tune you become with the Will of God.

My Challenge to You

Give it a try for a week, or two, and let me know how it changes your outlook on life. Then, when you realize how much better these prayers help you to cope with life, in general, remember giving thanks to God is what it’s all about.

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