For all these things

Thankful... for all these things

“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

We officially celebrate Thanksgiving this week, but thanksgiving should be our default setting as Christians.

My mind wandered this week to the song “For All These Things,” sung by Twila Paris and Wintley Phipps on the album “Savior” almost 20 years ago. I can’t find the audio, or a YouTube video with it, so I’ll share the first verse with you.

From ransomed men of tender heart

Whose souls You taught to sing

Your children lift their voice to You

With thanks for all these things

From mountain heights and vaulted skies

Your hand is clearly seen

We cast our praise with nature’s cry

To God, for all these things

Our list of things to thank God for never, ever ends. For all these things–innumerable blessings–Father, we give you thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving Week, and have a wonderful Sunday!


  1. Chris made me think of this yesterday too! Gratitude changes hearts, as she said, and is definitely needed in the frigid month of March, as much as November.
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  2. Gratitude (my default setting) is the only way I keep sane. Being in a constant place of gratitude if food for the soul, thankfulness keeps the believer form the waiting pit of despair, replacing despair with hope and joy. This week and all year round I give thanks.
    And I must add, considering the year from January to today, I had better give thanks.
    Sooooooooo Thankful!!


  3. Blessed Thanksgiving Alison!

  4. I love how you reference Thankfulness as our ‘default setting’ as Christians. This is so true and still a great reminder during this season. There are often times we forget and simply get caught up in the rush and stress of making it a perfect day. Luckily being thankful takes no planning simply commitment…Always great to stop by and be encouraged! Have a great Sunday!
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  5. It should be in our default setting there is always something to be thankful for even if we think there isn’t. Happy Thanksgiving to you also
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  6. Happy early Thanksgiving
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  7. Hi Alison,
    I’m so grateful to have you as a blogging friend. It means so much to log on and fellowship via the web with like-minded believers. May God bless you during this week and the weeks to come!

  8. What a wonderful post. Happy Thanksgiving! Have a blessed week.
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  9. I’m with Kita – it should be in our default setting to always find something to be thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving Ali!
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  10. This is a perfect sentence: “thanksgiving should be our default setting as Christians.” Amen. It really should be. 🙂 Well done!! –Lisa
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  11. Thanks, Lisa!
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  12. Being buried in true thankfulness this week is extremely important, and extremely touching in heart, soul, and spirit. Thank you for the reminder.
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  13. Couldn’t have said it better myself! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I try to be conscious about how often I thank God for my MANY undeserving blessings and try to ensure a grateful spirit in my little one. Happy Thanksgiving to you Alison!
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  14. Hi Alison! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and I hope you have a peaceful and love-filled holiday.
    We should rejoice in the ability we have to be so public in our thanks. Our freedom to pray and worship is so precious.
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    • We take that freedom of expressing our gratitude for granted very often, Ceil. How apropos to remember that it’s an occasion in which to rejoice … and to give thanks!

      Have a great Thanksgiving too, Ceil!
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  15. You are so right! We have so much to be thankful for all year! Great reminder Alison that it’s not just this week!
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