Let's Give Thanks

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My daughter recently asked me what my favorite month of the year was and I was eager to tell her that November was the big winner in my book. The cool air, the beautiful changing of the leaves, the Red Cup (oh hello, eggnog chai), crackling fireplaces and the expressions of gratitude shared during the Thanksgiving holiday.

I begin to experience a shift in perspective. My mind wanders to reflection on the events, lessons and growth from the past year. Which is a perfect step into our next Codex Community theme. Did you know that the Codex Planner was designed to focus on a specific Biblical topic per month? In October, we focused on "provision", we looked at some ways God shows up in our lives and the promises He gives us. In November we take time to ponder and share "gratitude". I can't wait to see how our hearts grow as we pour out our thanks!

Let the whole earth shout triumphantly to God!
Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God. He made us, and we are his —
his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and bless his name.
For the Lord is good, and his faithful love endures forever;
his faithfulness, through all generations.
— Psalm 100 CSB

It's so easy to thank someone when they open a door for us or when we receive a gift but, what about the things God is doing that we can't see? I forget to thank Him for that stuff so often. I believe that having a heart of gratitude is a discipline. It's a choice and sometimes, I don't always make the right choice. Being thankful takes only a moment, it's a decision our hearts make to pause and say, "Thank you, God."

If the only prayer you say throughout your life is ‘Thank You’, then that will be enough.
— Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor

I have a gift for you.

I have added a "Study of Gratitude" to the shop. My heart behind creating this worksheet is to give us a chance to study God's Word and more specifically, what the Bible says about gratitude. As we gain a better understanding of gratitude, my prayer is that we will see how worthy God really is to receive our thanks.

I encourage you to use your Codex Planner to journal about what you discover in God's Word.