In an effort to magnify thankfulness this year, my husband & I gave everyone in our family a blank notebook on October 31st. They were our thankfulness notebooks. Each day of November, we were going to dedicate a page or more to something we were thankful for. Kind of like a tactile version of the Facebook thankfulness challenge.
Every night this month, my husband has shared a different thankfulness verse for our family devotions, and then we all showed our thankfulness notebook page for that day. It has been a lot of fun! But, there have been days this month, when it’s been hard to find the time to sit down and take the time to make our page for the day. A few days, we have gotten behind and had to catch up. But we’ve done it. And, you know what? When we all sat down and shared what we were thankful for in the evenings, It was sooo worth the time we took the time to put the effort into our notebooks that day. It has been a very special time!
Here are a few samples from the pages of our notebooks:
Last night at church, we had our Thanksgiving service. The preacher said something that is said over and over, but is so very true. We should be thankful every day of the year. Not just the month of November, when we’re doing the Facebook Thanksgiving challenge, or like us, your own family version. It’s not always easy to stop and be thankful or to praise God for his wonderful works, but it should be high on our priority list as believers! God wants us to be thankful people. Hebrews 13:15 calls praise and thankfulness a sacrifice.
Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
One other thing the preacher talked about last night was the importance of teaching our children to be thankful! They don’t come that way! And it’s our job to teach them, by lesson and example! And to do that, we must be thankful ourselves! A quick look through the scriptures gives a clear picture of some super important things to be thankful for. It’s so easy to forget how blessed we are. It is good to be reminded of God’s goodness, and the importance of thankfulness!
Since we’ve been really focusing on thankfulness this whole month, and my husband has been posting a verse about thankfulness every day on Facebook, I got the idea to put together a list of Bible reasons to be thankful. I also included the verses where I found them, along with other accompanying verses as they came to my mind. I hope this list is a blessing to you. I also typed up a worksheet that can be used as a Sunday School, or home activity for older kids/readers. I’ll include the link at the bottom of this post.
21 Bible Reasons to Be Thankful (with verses).
1. I am thankful for the Peace of God.
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
2. I am thankful for the ability to pray to God, and that he answers prayer.
Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
John 11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
3.I am thankful that the Lord’s mercies are new each day!
1 Chronicles 23:30 And to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at even;
Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
4. I am thankful for the material blessings of God.
1 Chronicles 29:12-13 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
5. I am thankful for God giving wisdom to his people.
Daniel 2:23 I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter.
Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
6. I am thankful that God is not a respector of persons. He loves me, even though I am not important in the world’s eyes!
Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
7. I am thankful for the Grace of God.
1 Corinthians 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
8. I am thankful for salvation.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. 14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:
Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
9. I am thankful for the Church: brothers and sisters in Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1:3-7 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
10. I am thankful that I can serve God.
1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
11. I am thankful that God avenges his people.
2 Samuel 22:48-50 It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me, And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man. Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.
Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
12. I am thankful for the mercy and goodness of God.
1 Chronicles 16:34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
13. I am thankful for the deliverance and protection of God.
1 Chronicles 16:35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.
Psalms 18:47-48 It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me. He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man. 49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Psalm 56:3 What time I am afraid I will trust in thee.
14. I am thankful that God is Holy, and that, because of his Holiness, he was able to redeem man from his sin!
Psalms 30:4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
Psalms 99:9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.
Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
15. I am thankful for joy and gladness!
Psalms 30:11-12 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
Isaiah 51:11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
16. I am thankful that God’s mercy endures forever!
Psalms 107:1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
17. I am thankful that God is a righteous judge.
Psalms 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.
Genesis 18:25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
18. I am thankful for the unspeakable Gift of God: Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
Matthew 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. Matthew 26:27-28 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
1 Corinthians 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
19. I am thankful that we have victory through Jesus Christ!
1 Corinthians 15:55-58 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
20. I am thankful for the inheritance that we have through Jesus Christ!
Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
1 Peter 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
21. I am thankful that God is on his throne, and that he reigns in his great power!
Revelation 11:17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
Psalms 83:18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.
Here’s the link for the worksheet download!
AGAIN THE ROUNDED YEAR
Thou crownest the year with Thy goodness. Psalm 65:11
Its bloom and harvest glory,
And every smiling Sabbath taught
To us the Gospel story.
Again our voices join in song,
And bring their glad thanksgiving,
To Thee, to whom all years belong,
To Thee, the Ever-Living.
We meet with gladness on each lip,
And kindly warmth of greeting,
And, in Thy boundless fellowship,
Each heart to heart is beating.
And for this day, and for this hour,
We bring our glad thanksgiving,
To Thee, the ever gracious Power,
To Thee, the Ever-Living.
How oft has lighted every brow
To see Thy love upspringing!
And some who joined our songs, are now
Amid the angels singing.
But friends below and friends above
Unite in glad thanksgiving
To Thee, whom all the children love,
To Thee, the Ever-Living.
Thy power in prayer we oft have felt,
Thy sympathy most tender,
And seemed to see, as we have knelt,
Thy face in veilèd splendor.
For all these joys of Paradise,
We bring our glad thanksgiving,
To Thee, who every good supplies,
To Thee, the Ever-Living.
So may we join from year to year,
Thy goodness ever singing,
And, after faithful service, hear
The bells of glory ringing.
Then, safe with Thee, again we’ll raise
Our voices in thanksgiving
To Thee, in more exalted praise
To Thee, the Ever-Living.
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