Monday, November 22, 2010

Cup of JOY~~Heart of Thanks

    {photos from Country Living}

Thanksgiving comes around once a year,
and it is an absolutely delightful time to gather round
our tables with family and friends, and reflect
and share our many blessings. But our thankfulness for all we are able
to enjoy in this life, and even for our trials, should be given to God
each and every day!!

One thing I have truly come to understand in recent years in
a big way is that...

a thankful heart = a joyful heart

When we allow God to show us how truly blessed we are, even amidst
life's trials, He cultivates a deep sense of JOY in our spirits!  The kind of
JOY that no circumstance can rob from us. 

Who wouldn't want that kind of JOY??

So, do you ever find yourself feeling a loss of joy? 

Find thank God for!
Maybe that you have clean running water, maybe that you
can put your hand on your chest and feel your heart beat,
or breathe in your next breath! 

I heard it said once:

The more you thank God for what you have,
the more you will have to thank God for!!

This doesn't mean money, but it certainly could include
it if God wanted to do that.  What it refers to primarily is love,
joy, peace, hope, all the wonderful gifts of God to His children!

I hope you'll join me in making a list of at least 25 things to
give God thanks for!  We have way too many blessings to number!

Lets make a habit, together, of lavishing our thanksgiving on God
everyday of the year and just see how He multiplies JOY back to us!!

I give thanks for each of you;
how you touch my life,
and the lives of those you know and love!!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!!!

Love to you all!

Blessings and Hugs, Becky


  1. Hi Becky, if you go to my Daybook blog post today you will find a link to the lady who does 1000 Gifts. I have started one too. It is really fun and I truly believe that no thankful person can be unhappy.

    Enjoyed your thoughts today as always! I am thankful for your friendship, Becky!

    Love, Bonnie

  2. AMEN, AMEN, and AMEN! Well said. We have so much to be thankful for, don't we. God is good...all the time. So thankful for precious ladies like you that hear from God and post about things that we need to hear.
    hugs to you and your family,

  3. Hugs and kisses to you best friend. So thankful for the gift of you!

  4. Becky, what a sweet post. I am so thankful for my blogger friends! I look forward to each post I read and every comment I receive. I just want to tell you that the plate and candlestick idea is so wonderful! The candle sticks are so inexpensive you can find them at the dollar store! I am so excited to make some and give them away as holiday gifts filled with goodies! Thanks for the wonderful idea! The traditional candy bag is getting to be "old" this will be such a fun surprise and treat! Hope your Thanksgiving is filled with wonderful blessing! Be safe! hugs and smiles across the miles...

  5. Amen Becky!!! My hubbie and I were talking about this very subject the other evening - how we need to impliment a HABIT of thanksgiving!! I am so thankful for you - when I am low I come here and am reminded to live joyfully!!!

    Blessings and Hugs!!!

  6. Wonderful post, Becky.

    I count your blog friendship among my blessings!

  7. I'm thankful for you Beck and all the fun we've had over the years!
    A Blessed Thanksgiving Celebration to you and yours. ((HUGS))

  8. I'm thankful for friends like you! Enjoy your Thanksgiving! I will work on a post!

  9. Beautiful and so true! I am thankful for you and your encouraging posts. You are a sweetheart! I have so many things to be thankful for. Each night while I say prayers with Mary, I always think of several things in the day that we can thank God for. I want to develop that habit in her early:) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving dear friend!

  10. Morning Becky,
    What a lovely and true post!! I have seen for myself that the more I thank God the more I find to thank Him for just as you said. Guess that is why He commands us to give thanks in all circumstances....He knows it transforms us from anxious, selfish, worried, self-absorbed individuals into peaceful, giving, trusting, loving and sweet folks.
    I am very thankful for you sweetie, cause you are a great friend and sister in the Lord.
    Have a Simply Delightfully Blessed Thanksgiving!!
    Love ya, Nellie

  11. So thankful for blog land.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  12. Dear sweet Becky, you give my heart joy with your beautiful post. We have so many blessings to be thankful for each day.

    I am knee deep in company and Thanksgiving preparations. We will have 24 for dinner tomorrow. I have not had any time theses past few days to visit anyone.

    I am wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones all around you.
    Blessings and love, Jeanne

  13. I wanted to come by this morning to say Happy Thanksgiving Becky, enjoy this day with your family.
    Much love,


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