Day 26~ A Call to Gratitude!

Scripture Reading: Ezra 3:8–13

On October 3, 1863, at the height of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued a Proclamation of Thanksgiving, calling the nation to observe a “day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” This proclamation eventually led to the establishing of our national day of Thanksgiving.

The document began by listing multiple blessings the nation had experienced through the course of the year, even in the midst of a severe conflict. It called the American people to recognize the Source of those blessings and to respond collectively to the Giver in gratitude, repentance, and intercession.

Today, try crafting your own declaration of thanksgiving. Use some of the insights the Lord has been growing in you these last few weeks. Incorporate some of the Scriptures that have particularly touched you. And dedicate your life to what these words of yours are saying. Then share what you’ve written with your family or a close friend. Be an igniter of gratitude by encouraging those you love and care about to cultivate a thankful heart.

Pray for a Grateful Heart
Heavenly Father, You are the Giver and Source of all I have and all I am. I want my life, my heart, and my attitude to exude gratitude for Your provision each and every day. Thank You! 

Life Application:

Recently I experienced a call to gratitude. It had only been a few days since I had gotten 21 chicks from the hatchery. I was very excited since this was our first time having animals (other than bees, and fish) for over 7 years. The first day with my chicks seemed to go well, and I was beginning to think I really raising animals. Then, the third day we went to a dance at a friend's house. The chicks all seemed well before we left, and I felt confident that my techniques for raising animals were really working. But then when we arrived home from the dance, I was shocked to find one of the chicks dead. 

This was certainly an unexpectedly hard blow for me to bear. And on top of that, I noticed that one of the other chicks was very lethargic, and wasn't eating or drinking. In a fit of desperation, I tried to help the little chick eat and drink, but it was a futile effort. (it died the next morning.) That night as I sat in our garage with the remaining chicks, I couldn't help but be sad and upset. It didn't help that it was past 2am, and I was overly tired. But there I sat, watching the chicks go about the cage, and trying to find any information I could online to help me see what was wrong. And then I realized something I hadn't thought of before, when my Father said, " You know, you have to be grateful that the chick died, because it gives you a greater appreciation for the ones that are alive." 

And isn't that so true in our lives. We have to be grateful for what has been taken from us so that we can be grateful for what we have. The next day, I talked with a lady from the hatchery who was very kind to return the money for the two chicks that died. And then my Father was so kind to buy me two more chicks from the feed store to replace the others. As I look back on this experience, I see that God was teaching me to be grateful for the challenges He gives me, and to trust Him to take care of His possessions. I know that I'm not in control of the life or death of any living thing, but it all rests in the hands of my loving heavenly Father who calls me through simple challenges to give Him thanks!

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