Thanksgiving day is less than thirty days away.
I don’t believe in setting aside thankfulness just for one day of the year. I believe in being intentionally thankful all year long, but I am glad that One hundred and forty seven years ago, President Abraham Lincoln decided to declare a special day to remember God’s blessings, and His provision and leading in the past.
I believe that the true purpose of Thanksgiving is largely overlooked and forgotten in light of the pies and the turkeys and the football. Food and family are a huge part of Thanksgiving, but let’s not get so caught up in the blessings we’ve been given that we forget to be thankful for those very things, and all the other Great Things that God has done for us in the past.
Three years ago, Abigail (Paul) Westbrook hosted the first GreaThings blog event that united many of us bloggers in the common goal to take time in the pre-Thanksgiving rush to focus on being thankful. We shared the blessings and the Great Things that God had done for us in the past year each day for fourteen days leading up to Thanksgiving day, following a common theme, and it was beautiful to read the multitudes of blessings and the many Great Things that Our God has done for us in the past year.
Abigail is a new bride (!!) and is too busy to host GreaThings this year, and I asked her for permission to borrow and modify her idea, so the credit goes to her and I am thankful that she was willing to share it so that we could enjoy another year of sharing the truly Great Things that God has done for us.
I want to invite you and challenge you to join me in the two weeks before Thanksgiving day in purposefully and publicly thanking God for specific blessings. The idea is to not only personally thank God for these Great Things, but to tell others and share what God has done for us this past year.
This can be done online through daily blog posts, podcasts, group emails, Facebook status messages, or any way that you choose, but I would like to specifically invite you to join me in turning our little corners of the blog world into personal Ebenezers of God’s faithfulness to us by joining in the official GreaThings ’10 blog event starting on November 11 at 12 am EST. It doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate, or long. Some of the most beautiful blessings are little things, after all!
I am providing the outline that Abigail used during her first GreaThings in 2007, but you are free to share whatever blessings and thanksgivings are on your heart instead. If you are already sharing your daily thanksgivings this month as a part of some other “event”, please feel free to join in by adding your link to the Mr. Linky that you’ll find at the bottom of my post each day here on the blog.
You don’t have to be an American or celebrate Thanksgiving to join in. Anyone who wants to take some time out to focus on the things they are grateful for this year is more than welcome to join in.
So spread the word and plan to help us make November full of thankfulness! I want to color the bloggy world with so much thankfulness this year that it cannot be escaped, and the more the merrier.
You can share this up coming event by email, on your blogs, on facebook or on twitter, but be sure to grab this image code to use in your posts and link back to this post if you blog about it so that others can find it and join in on the fun! And even if you don’t blog about it, I hope all of you will take time each day in these weeks before Thanksgiving to be thankful, for He truly has done Great Things for us all.
I’m not a graphic designer like Abigail, but here is the code for the image used at the top of my post:
<a href="http://beautifulsong.com/greathings2010/" target="_blank"> <img src="http://beautifulsong.com/images/greathings10.jpg" border="0" alt="GreaThings 2010">
So take a look at our Thanksgiving schedule if you need ideas and start planning to join me on November 11th in sharing your blessings each day. See you then!
You can use this schedule if you think you’ll need help with ideas for participating in GreaThings, but it isn’t mandatory. You can create your own, or just post something you are thankful for each day.
Nov. 11 – G (blessings starting with this letter)
Nov. 12 – R ( ” )
Nov. 13 – Scriptures that have been a special blessing this year
Nov. 14 – E
Nov. 15 – A
Nov. 16 – Answered prayers and miracles
Nov. 17 – T
Nov. 18 – H
Nov. 19 – Difficult experiences you’re now thankful for
Nov. 20 – I
Nov. 21 – N
Nov. 22 – Special lessons God has taught you this year
Nov. 23 – G
Nov. 24 – S
Nov. 25 – Thanksgiving Day!