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Wednesday, November 14

I Miss You…

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately. I am a little swallowed under with some
ministry assignments. But oh how I have missed you!

As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to really focus my heart in the right place.

It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday shuffle. Hours of meal preparations are right
around the corner, and Black Friday discount flyers seem to be pouring in by the
truckload.

A constant reminder of the things that we still need to do. There’s always something,
right?

And most times, this flurry of activity doesn’t cultivate in me a thankful heart.

Although we may be busier than ever, the key to slowing life down lies within the
simple things.

The things that we sometimes overlook.

The things that are easy to forget to notice and whisper to God, “Thank you.”

No matter what circumstances are staring at me, there is always, always, ALWAYS
something for which to be thankful.

This month, I thought keeping a thanksgiving journal would be a fun activity to try.

At the beginning of November, I encouraged my Facebook friends and Twitter
followers to write down things for which they are thankful. I posted accompanying
Bible verses on Facebook and Twitter every day to help tie God’s word back into
these daily reflections.

Here are 3 I’ve posted:

“But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will
sing the Lord’s praise, for He has been good to me.” Psalm 13:5-6

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be
thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God
is a consuming fire.’” Hebrews 12:28-29

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the
Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17

For those of you who didn’t catch this on Facebook, I’d love for you to pop over
to my page and get connected. I’ll be posting verses every day for the month of
November.

For those of you who have seen my posts, it has been so encouraging to hear how
God is moving as you blog your thankful thoughts, post Facebook statuses, and
share personal thanksgiving stories.

Some of you are even using this activity in your family devotion time or turning it
into an arts and crafts activity for your children to enjoy.

However you choose to spend your time reflecting on what you’re thankful for
today, I pray that you see all God’s blessings in fresh, beautiful ways.

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments today. Tell me something for which
you are thankful.

And if you have been following along on Facebook and Twitter… How have you been
expressing your gratitude? Are you keeping a journal or are you doing something
else? I’d love to hear how God has been working through this activity.

I can’t wait to hear from you today. I’ve missed hearing your sweet voices through
your comments.

Discussion

  1. 53

    I am thankful for God’s love and peace. We are in the middle of a church home transition. This is not an easy thing. So I am thankful that when I feel like a “newbie” God comes and loves on me and gives me peace that HE is in control and has a plan for our family!!

  2. 54

    I am so thankful for God is the Father of another chance! The bible study was a real blessing.

  3. 55

    Just heard Kathie Lee Gifford say that she is reading “Unglued!” Hope all is going well :)

  4. 56
    Becky Brooks says:

    I saw you on Life Today yesterday morning. You spoke abt your book Unglued, and I xried. I knew God wanted me to hear you and I had to read the book. So I immediately called our Christian Book store and ordered it. Got it toda and already started it. Look forward to….growing. look forward to another breakthrough in the journey. I’m definately a stuffer…bc I don’t wanna hurt anyone, but on the negative side, that alone hurts relationships. It blocks communication.

  5. 57

    I am thankful for my husband who loves me & works hard to take care of me & our 3 kids when I’m struggling with my health.

  6. 58

    The blessings are numerous…..of which I am thankful. But this Thanksgiving I am particularly thankful that God is “my rear Guard”. He always has my back! No matter what comes, He is greater! We were never promised easy street because we are His, but that He will never leave us or forsake us. Though diffucult times may come, He is our hope………He is faithful when we are faithless. I am learning to enjoy the simple again myself. Happy Thanksgiving….and God’s riches blessings to you all.

  7. 59

    Everyday I make it my mission to be thankful for something particularly for the month of November…so my Facebook account reflects everyday a “Day #: I’m most thankful for..”. I do it so others can see that I love the life I believe in but truly in the full picture view…I am the one who gets blessed preparing it and reading it myself. I want to make Thanksgiving everyday (not the food just the thankfulness)! :-)

  8. 60

    I have kept my Thanksgiving Journal and it’s been so therapeutic to me. I have been going through the toughest trial in my life so far, but God has been faithful. I feel he mends my heart each time I sit down to write my verse and my praise. I am thankful for His promises, his hope, my children and godly friends. I am so richly blessed no matter the circumstance. Today I am thankful for His faithfulness. Even though I don’t feel Him each day I know He is there and He promised never to leave me. Thank you Lysa for being an inspiration to many of us and heeding the call of God in your life. I’m very much looking forward to Greater. I’m so pump after Unglued that I can’t afford to stop. Greater things are yet to come!!!

  9. 61

    I have truly enjoyed all the Bible Studys that you guys have done. I’ve heard that Greater is wonderful.

  10. 62

    I am thankful for the “Unglued” Bible Study.

  11. 63

    I am thankful that God intervened and saved my marriage of 38 years.
    This has been a very difficult year (yes, since January) but I am thankful for a medical doctor who took the time to help diagnose my husband with bipolar conditons and now is finally improving hour by hour. I am thankful for one person who was concerned and listened and for the past 3 days our lives are definitley turned around.

  12. 64

    Last night our church hosted a Thanksgiving supper and invited the local Mission (a Christ based rehab center) – the night was amazing. I’m thankful for Brian and Ryan, the stories they shared with me, the conversation that took place and the reminder of the beauty of God’s family and the good God we serve. I was also reminded that we are all broken human beings, regardless if we ever end up in a rehab center, but God is a powerful God and a loving Father, who provides, protects and walks with us!! And as they shared their thankfulness for people pouring into their lives and loving on them, I was reminded of all those who do the same for me…including you Lysa – Thanks!!

  13. 65
    Jackie Bailey says:

    I am thankful for your obedience to the call of teaching, God bless those who “go and tell”.

  14. 66

    Looking forward to reading this book!!

  15. 67

    I am currently doing the Made to Crave bible study. I have struggled with weight issues all my life. I never thought I could ask God for help and pray through my cravings. We just finished week 4 and my homework is to do up my cue cards, turn my triggers into truth. I have lost 35 pounds so far and I am on my last 10. I have been at a plateau for the last month. I am getting frustrated with the last 10 being so difficult. I am praying for victory and empowerment over food it has ruled my life way to long. Thank you Lysa. I am craving God more and I am excited.

  16. 68
    Cindy Welsh says:

    I am just starting the Made to Crave bible study by myself and hope I also have the success that you have had. I am also in a bible study we are doing Becoming More than a good Bible Study Girl. I love the books. Thank you Lysa

  17. 69

    This would be a great blessing to me and my in-laws as my father-in-law is suffering with cancer. He is a very special person in my life. He’s the father I never knew. It breaks my heart to see him as sick as he is. Please pray for our family as we deal with this situation.
    Thanks in advance for your prayers and God bless.

  18. 70

    I’s share a copy with one of my dear friends. She loves music as much as I do.

  19. 71
    Joyce Pelletier says:

    Lysa,
    I just lead seven women in your Made to Crave Bible Study. They had nothing but positive remarks about the study. All of us came away as courageous, determined Jesus girls. My attitude towards food has really changed. I used to think a smiggen of this and that won’t harm me. Well I started your study on my own several months ago. Nothing much happened until the third or fourth segment. I went to a tag sale and found a new Weight Watchers Calculator that was brand new for fifty cents. I bought it and that very next day was my real new beginning. I started looking to God more and was diligent in following their program while working through Made to Crave. One of my favorite expressions is one you use often. That God loves us as we are but too much to leave us there. Our study finished last night. I was inspired to make a poster for each of the women as reminders to not forget who we are, but also more important who God is. You spoke about issues that I truly related to. I came across a saying many years ago, don’t know who said it first, but I wanted to pass it on to you. “If you remove the stones, the brook would lose its song.” You see, I believe that God is orchestrating a symphony of my life by creating wonderful things out of seemingly harmful experiences. But, when you say we should Thank God for our issues, because we then can experience his wonderful love is so many new and different ways. Ways that we would not normally experience. YOU ARE SO RIGHT ON TARGET! I know God is using you to reach many women in the same boat. I just had to say THANK YOU for sharing your life, family, stories. They all hit the nail on the head. I know these seven women, including me, are at the starting gate ready to roll. I wanted to lose at least 20 pounds, I’m now down 25 and even when I get on the scale, peace is the goal I reach. If I go up a couple pounds I am empowered to get back in the race. I no longer condemn myself. I am a works in process. Thanks be to God!

  20. 72

    I am a big fan of Phillipians 4:8… as I go through my days, whether it’s Thanksgiving week or not, I try to focus on all that is worthy of praise. Even during the struggles, I am constantly reminding myself that there are still so many things God has blessed me with! Here’s my post encouraging this very thing… :)
    http://themomcafe.com/100-blessings/

  21. 73

    By the way, my women’s group has been LOVING your book and growing so much through reading and discussing each chapter, Lysa! My friend gave me the best compliment EVER when she said “It is like I am reading YOU chris! She writes like YOU!” WOW! Rockstar moment for me. LOL You inspire me. I tell my girlfriends that you are my bff… with a smile and a wink. (Promise I’m not weird…just crazy about you in a good way!)