Category Archives: thanksgiving

27 Things to Give Thanks For No Matter What Life Looks Like

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we have to be thankful for. But when we look around and see that our life doesn’t look like what we wish it did, when circumstances are tough, it’s hard to give thanks. And yet the Bible tells us to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess 5:18). But how do we do that when it’s hard to find things to be thankful for?

Here are some things that we can thank God for, no matter what our particular circumstances look like. Really, this list is a lot more about God, who he is and what he does, than it is about us. And it mixes in some things that are true as part of how we, as God’s image-bearers, continue to develop and advance creation. And the fact that it’s 27 is really rather arbitrary (and the order is somewhat random too). Maybe you can take this as a jumping off point and think of another 27.

I can be thankful to God that . . .

Know Anyone Who’s Dreading the Holidays?

I recently ran into a friend who confided in me his grief over a friend’s disintegrating marriage. My friend has been married for decades, but even though divorce in the United States occurs in roughly half of all marriages, I was struck by how shocked and sad he was when faced with the reality of a

Every-Single-Day Thankfulness

These days, it seems to me that gratitude is less and less the natural inclination of the average American heart. Maybe it’s the relentless focus our news sources give to harrowing world events, the way in which political battles have turned into mud-slinging matches or the fact that Americans in the 21st century – even

Nov. 21st at The Crossing: ‘Surviving the Holidays’

If you are a regular reader of The Crossing‘s Every Square Inch blog, you may have noticed that every holiday season either my husband or I post something about Surviving the Holidays, a two-hour seminar developed to help those going through separation and divorce. I sometimes wonder if we should stop posting the same message

POF: Giving Thanks in the Midst of the Whirlwind

This month’s Point of Focus looks at how God’s grace meets us in the midst of our busyness…through the practice of giving thanks.

In Case of Whirlwind…

I suspect that many of us cling to the somewhat unfounded belief that our lives will slow down or smooth out once we get past certain benchmarks. I say “unfounded” because while out situations are routinely changing, we seem to find ourselves constantly looking to the next, seemingly more welcomed phase of life.  This is