That first Thanksgiving in 1621 was born out of a difficult season. The pilgrims had just relocated to a new continent and were met with more challenges than they had anticipated. Yet in spite of the difficulties, they were able to celebrate and to give thanks.

(Obviously this is the quick and dirty version of the first Thanksgiving, and I’m leaving out some details, but for the purpose of this blog, I’ll leave the story there. See where I’m going with this? I just relocated and it’s been challenging… just keep reading.)

Our church just completed a series called Better Days, that was all about being thankful, choosing joy, worrying less, and having gratitude. As part of the series, we were challenged to document our journey of thanks, so I kept a journal.

Throughout the course of my month of choosing thankfulness, I felt a shift in my heart. Instead of frustration, I found things to be thankful for. Rather than choosing to worry, I chose to pray. Finding thankfulness, joy, trust, and gratitude in the midst of difficulty has been good for me. So much like the pilgrims, I’ve taken time this month to celebrate and choose thankfulness and joy. Below are just a few of the repeating themes I found myself thankful for this month:

“Give thanks to the LORD for He is good. His love endures forever.”

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