Thanksgiving is upon us (or at least, it will be next week)!! While I am a person who permanently lives in the Christmas spirit, Thanksgiving is something that simply cannot be overlooked. Thanksgiving is celebrated by nearly everyone in America—regardless of religion or upbringing. No matter what the questionable beginnings of the holiday are, the idea of “gratitude” being sparked through the minds of millions on the same day is pure magic. The idea of “giving thanks” is something that is so simple, yet so deeply emotional. I’m a pretty emotional person, but after going through a few rough things in the past years, I try my best to not “feel” if I don’t have to. This season, I’m challenging myself to knock down those walls and feel obligated to give God and the people I love the thanks they deserve.

Since both of my grandmas passed away, I’ve not been a big fan of getting in my feels or crying in public. This is a huge contrast to me growing up in the theatre world—the more you cried, the more of an artist you were (I know, I know). Even on my wedding day, I forced myself to choke back tears most of the day in an effort to not get overwhelmed with emotions. Thanksgiving tradition in my house is standing around the table and naming the things you were thankful for that year, and it always ends up with everyone bursting into tears—especially me. Because of that, I’ve been dreading the idea of sharing my feelings this Thanksgiving… you don’t even need to begin to tell me how wrong that is.

Giving thanks is so emotional for me because I feel like I am giving away my heart at two simple words, “thank you.” Thanking my parents for all they have done for me is something that always overwhelms me with emotions. Shoot—I’m about to cry even writing that sentence. My parents have done so much to provide for me and raise me in the way of God. In order to break down that awkwardness I might feel, I need to embrace the gratitude that is overflowing from me. It takes humility to give thanks, which can often make it difficult. But God asks us to be humble, which is why it’s so important to give thanks to Him too.

Psalm 107:8-9 says, “Let me them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” Our spirit is ignited because of our relationship with God. We are allowed to enter into the Kingdom because of Jesus’s sacrifice. We are free and not held to bondage and sin because of His love. He curated our thoughts, breathed life into our lungs, He makes the beautiful happen, the miracles… there are hundreds of thousands of things to thank God for. If we would thank Him each and every day, we would find it slowly more difficult to feel bitter or hatred. Gratitude shifts your thinking and forces positivity out of you. It also builds your relationship with God to be deeper and more intimate.

In a nutshell, Colossians 3:17 says, “We can express thankfulness in every part of our daily lives.” Practicing gratitude during the Thanksgiving season is exactly what you should do—but you should also try it each and every day. Praise God for one thing every day. Even if your day was awful—you woke up with breath in your lungs. Thank someone you love for something—whether it’s as big as being an amazing spouse or a friend helping you out with a small task. Gratitude spreads like a wildfire during this time of year, but allow it to spread around you the other eleven months of the year.

Thank you for reading this post and for allowing me to be a part of your day, your week, and your lives. x

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