Is it possible that November is tomorrow?!  I’m not sure about you, but as my mind drifts to the month of November, my salivary glands start watering just at the thought of the tasty turkey and delectable sides lining my dining room table.   I love Thanksgiving and all the delicious food too!
Wait, I know I love “Thanksgiving”, but do I love “thanksgiving“?  You know the difference? The “enter into His gates with thanksgiving...” or the “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” kind of thanksgiving.  Recently, during a bible study lesson, I was stopped short by Philippians 2: 14.

Do everything without complaining or arguing…

That’s a familiar verse for my kiddos to hear, maybe yours too.  Yet, God showed me during the bible study lesson that I needed to listen up and do what He says here too.  I had been allowing my circumstances to loom over me because I was so focused on them through my constant complaining (both out of my mouth and in my heart).

Imagine sitting down to a delightful Thanksgiving dinner and saying, “That turkey is dry, the mashed potatoes are chunky, the dressing is burnt and the pumpkin pie is runny.”  That kind of talk would turn everyone else off and probably send the cook running into the kitchen crying.  Yet, we sabotage our days like this all.the.time when we choose to complain rather than give thanks.

Philippians 2:15 goes on to explain why we should do everything without complaining or arguing…so we’ll stand out and be different from the world all around us.  And, that magnifies God.  We point to Him rather than complaining about our circumstances.  We make Him bigger and our problems smaller.  We show all the nay-sayers that we can honestly count it pure joy whenever we face struggles.

I don’t know how your “revolution of thanks” will look, but why not start a new habit this next month?  Why not pray that God will take your negative thoughts captive and replace them with thankful ones?  God hasn’t let me go in this…I know that my complaining has been an ugly sin against Him.  No more treating it lightly.  After confessing it, I now have the “hard” job of being thankful in everything.  I know, I know, it’s a tough job…but somebody’s gotta do it!  🙂  Will you join me in it?

Love, Wendy

Wendy Foulke

Author Wendy Foulke

Wendy is married to Dave and they have three sons and a daughter. The Foulke family has attended Christ the Word since moving to Toledo in 2007. Wendy serves as director of Women of the Word ministries and blogs at reflect-i.com. She enjoys reading and traveling. Her favorite places to visit are the UK and Montana, and she one day hopes to visit Iceland!

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  • Avatar Kiley says:

    Amen Wendy! Thanks for the reminder! Thankfulness causes us to take Joy in Him!

  • Avatar Tai F. says:

    Thanks, Wendy!Do you have any good ideas for incorporating this as a family? Fun ways to get the kids “Seeing” the thankfulness?

  • Wendy Foulke Wendy Foulke says:

    Tai,
    What a great question! I’m not the most creative, so I’d love to hear from others regarding this, but our family will be making a tree of thanksgiving where we will be writing something to be thankful for each day in November. This will be a concrete way to replace our complaints with thankfulness.

    Love, Wendy

  • Avatar Sarah F. says:

    One way we get the kids in on the thankfulness is to pass a small container of popcorn kernels around the table during dinner. Everyone takes two. The container goes around again and we name things we are thankful for as we replace the kernels. It is always fun to hear what they say and oftentimes unexpected, humbling, and encouraging.

  • Avatar Adrienne says:

    We always drive to my in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner–about a half hour drive. On the way, we take turns saying what we are thankful to God for. It’s a simple thing, but my kids ask to do it every year.

  • Avatar Erin H. says:

    What a wonderful challenge Wendy! The kids and I were just talking about hanging a piece of poster board in our living room and taking time each day as a family to share what we are thankful for. Each person would say one thing each day to put on our Praise Poster (or Blessings Board perhaps). I plan to start that tomorrow thanks to your challenge. I may even write them in a journal for us to keep. It is always such a blessing to look back on how the Lord has blessed us over the years. Looking forward to taking this challenge with all of you! Praise God!

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