Give Thanks


In the bible (KJV), the word thanks appears 73 times. The word Thanksgiving appears 28 times.

I think, with those words appearing that much- there is a point to be made.

Give thanks.

Give thanks in ALL things.

Give thanks in the good times. Give thanks in the bad. Give thanks in the happy, and in the sad. Give thanks when things are hard. Give thanks when life seems uncertain. When you wake up the middle of the night, worried about life in general, give thanks.

Like the song says, “When you’re worried, and you can’t sleep- count your blessings instead of sleep.”

I know in life, there can be times when you don’t feel thankful. When the walls seem to be closing in around you, and you can’t even catch your breath. How can we give thanks when we can’t even breathe? But, HE has an answer for that.

“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”
-Psalms 55:22 NIV

I’ve been there. I’ve been down into the deepest, darkest pits. Where I thought I couldn’t escape, and I couldn’t even pray. I couldn’t even form the words. I was angry and afraid. How could this happen to me? Why would God let this happen?

In 1000 Gifts, Ann Voskamp says, “Thanksgiving always  precedes the miracle.”


Before Jesus performed miracles, before he broke the bread to feed the 5000, he gave thanks.

Before we can expect miracles, we must give thanks.

Even when it’s hard.

When I remembered that- it made all the difference.

So, if this Thanksgiving you’re having a hard time, give it a try. Give HIM thanks. Be truly thankful. Share your Thanksgiving. And sit back and prepare for a miracle.


  1. Mandy Robinson

    November 25, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Perfectly said Steph! I know several people who need to here this today! I’m sharing!

  2. Nata

    November 25, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Cara

    November 26, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Found your blog in the link-up today, and this is such a wonderful reminder to give thanks to God in all things. Part of having faith in God is trusting in him that he will get you through difficult times and knowing that no matter what he is always right there with you. Thanks for this great post! Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  4. Sophie

    November 26, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    You said it perfectly!! Happy Thanksgiving Day luv
    Smitten Sophie

  5. Emily

    November 28, 2015 at 3:12 am

    I love that quote about Thanksgiving preceding the miracle. It is so important to keep things in perspective.

  6. Lori Hill-Smith

    November 28, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Being thankful makes for a happier life!

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