History of Thanksgiving
Our founding father of America, George Washington, acknowledge God’s purpose of thanksgiving over this great nation. In October 1879 he made this humble declaration. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will to grateful for his benefits, and humbly implore His protection and favor- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee to requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a Day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of the Almighty God especially by affording them and opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Thanksgiving must have its root inside of you before it can bear fruit on the outside.
Thanksgiving is an expression of gratitude.
Thanksgiving is an attitude of appreciation and gratitude to God for something received from Him or for what He has done.

Three Reasons Why I Give God Thanks

I am thankful to God for sending His Only Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for me. For God so the loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

I am thankful that I can experience the good life that God has planned for me before I was even born.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

I am thankful that the quality of life I can live now is better than the kind of life the world has to offer me. Jesus said “I have come that they may have life, and that they have it more abundantly. John 10:10

Romans 10:9-10

Living A Thankful Life

We often think of being thankful as something of the past which is good and right to do. However, being thankful should be broader than the past blessings in order to get the full benefit of being and living a thankful life.
To become a thankful person it must first have its root inside of your heart before it can bear fruit on the outside.
Being thankful is a expression of gratitude. It is an acknowledgement of a kind act, service rendered, or assistance from another.
Giving of thanks is an attitude of appreciation and gratitude to God for something received from Him or for what He has done for you or a loved one.
When I think of giving of thanks I think of it in three tenses. The past, present, and future tense.
Psalms 116:12 What shall I render to the LORD
For all His benefits toward me?
I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus,
Present Tense: I notice that Jesus gave thanks before the blessing or miracle happened. I decided to start giving God thanks before the answered prayer and I began to experience acceleration of prayers being answered.

John 6:10-12
Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”
John 11:41-42 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”
Let thanksgiving fill your prayers with faith. Philippians 4:6-7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Future Tense: Psalms 116:17
I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
And will call upon the name of the LORD.
Every kind act of love that God shows towards you He waits for the acknowledgment from you. There were ten lepers that Jesus healed. Out of that ten only one came back to say “thank you”. Jesus asked the question where are the nine? Luke 17:12-19

Luke 17:16-17
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.
17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
At every point in your life learn to say thank you. At every turn or event pause to give God thanks.
I Thessalonians 5:17
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
In every situation give God thanks. You are not giving thanks for the crisis but in the midst of the crisis you can give God thanks. Because God is with you in the midst of your struggle, challenge or crisis.
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Just reflect over your life and see how much you have not acknowledged God. The mercies of God have kept you alive, protected you from road accidents, etc.
If you lost anything God is the reason you did not lose everything! Do not let your needs blind you to what God has done for you. Always take a stock of God’s daily blessings and goodness toward you. Write them down and give God thanks.
Thank Him, if not for what He did in your life, at least for what you heard or seen God do in someone else’s life. What God has done is a proof bigger than your need. Let giving of thanks become the order of your day and see your life become more colorful and bright.
Please leave a comment in the section below if this story ministered to you. I would like to hear about the people, things, events, experiences you are thankful for.