This November: Focusing on God, not just His blessings

I’m about to start tracing and cutting out a hundred-plus green, red, yellow and orange construction paper leaves for our family Thankful Tree this November (read more about our Thankful Tree here and here). Each day this month, we will be thanking God for the wonderful ways He has blessed us, and adding leaves to our tree.

But, I don’t want to only focus on God’s blessings this month, I want to thank God for who He is. It’s not the blessings I’m most thankful for, it’s God Himself.

So, right here, throughout November, I will be posting short devotional thoughts and Scripture verses to help cultivate a heart of praise for my Savior. I hope you’ll join me!

Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
– 1 Corinthians 13:13

Today, I am thankful that faith, hope and love remain.

God is constant, God is sure, and God is true. He is holding me firmly in His hand, and my salvation is secure in Him. God deserves my confidence and hope, because His word cannot be changed or corrupted. His agape, sacrificial, love shown on the cross is why my faith and hope exist.

No matter what you or I go through today, we can know that God’s love for us endures. The God in whom we have placed our faith and is the reason for our hope will never fail us.

Even now, these three remain: faith, hope and love.

Thankfulleaves

It is my theory that when thankfulness is expressed, a heart will grow even more thankful. Thankfulness yields thankfulness. It’s a cycle that grows when repeated.

To test the hypothesis, this November our family has “planted” a tree in our living room.

The start of our Thanksgiving Tree

The start of our Thanksgiving Tree

Every day, Nov. 1-30, we will each consider what we are thankful for, and record that on a leaf. We will pray together as a family, thanking God for those blessings. Then that leaf will be added to our Thanksgiving Tree. If we have family, friends or other guests over, they can also add a leaf to the tree. As the month progresses, the tree will grow and record the blessings God has given us, and remind us just how much God deserves our praise and thanks.

Tonight our first leaves were “Daddy”, “Mommy”, “God loves me” and “Music to worship with”.

Join us in this Thankfulleaves experiment! Set up your tree wherever your whole family will see it. You could make a poster, fill the refrigerator door, draw on a white board or pin leaves to a cork board. Whatever the method, recording your blessings together is the key. This would also be a great Thanksgiving Day project for a family gathering.

Let’s fill our homes with praise this November!

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

– Psalm 100