|For the bounty which are to receive, we thank you, Oh God.|
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
We sometimes accept a gift from God and just keep on going. When we do this we grieve His Spirit. After we know Him through worship, our desire is to please Him.
Parents teach young children by modeling the practice of saying ‘Thank you’ to them and to each other. When the parents know the child has learned to respond with the right words, they start the process over with the phrase, ‘You’re welcome.’ About the same time, when someone gives the child something, the parents remind the child to thank the person by asking, “What do you say?”
When our son was a toddler, Hubby took him to a local racetrack to watch the qualifications for an annual event. They were sitting in the grandstand behind a couple of women. The two made over our son. One asked to give him a cookie. Hubby gave the okay and our little guy took it and said, “Thank you; I welcome.” The woman who offered it said, “Yes, honey, you sure are.”
We should give thanks for the small things, as well as the large things God does for us. Our thanks should come as soon as we recognize that God has done something for us.
Are we thankful for the small things?
Do we thank God for the rainy, damp and dismal days?
Do we thank Him when we feel discouraged?
For another's thoughts on Thanksgiving go to Beneath The Surface:Breath Of Faith