Different places worldwide have different events, festivals, and days to celebrate Thanksgiving. Since this is the day that the Lord has made, shouldn’t we be rejoicing and be glad in it? That’s right, every day! Do you think of the topic of Thanksgiving once a year based on your culture or country traditions? Therefore, as you start today, consider what you must be thankful for and write it down each day. Moreover, when your “Thanksgiving Day” shows up, review your list for the year and thank God for it all!
Purposely and Mindful Thanksgiving
Imagine being the dad who has a list of all they are thankful for when sitting with their wife, kids, family, and friends and them seeing you have been keeping track by writing it down.
Firstly, let’s be the dads who keep an eye out daily for what God is and has done in our day for which we can and should be thankful. Secondly, let’s be the dads who write down to remember all for which we have to thank and praise God. Finally, let’s be the dads who don’t stay quiet but speak of His goodness and tell aloud of all God’s wonders and marvelous deeds.
How can we apply today’s verse of the day to helping us live up to the calling of God to be the dads our wives and kids need us to be? What are the applications of Psalms 9:1 that will help us step up and step into thankful living for the glory of God?
Applications of Psalms 9:1 towards being dads who live with a heart of thanksgiving and praise:
- Daily Gratitude: Begin each day with a heart full of gratitude for the family you have been blessed with. Thank God for your wife and children.
- Prayer and Praise: Make a habit of praying with your family, thanking God for His blessings and for the opportunity to be their dad. Encourage your family to express their gratitude too.
- Share Your Testimony: Like the psalmist, share stories of God’s faithfulness and wonderful deeds in your life with your family. This can serve as a source of inspiration and faith for them.
- Model Thankfulness: Be a role model of thankfulness and praise in your household. Show your family what it means to live with a grateful heart.
- Celebrate Milestones: Celebrate important milestones and achievements in your family’s life, both big and small. Use these moments to offer thanks and praise to God.
- Service and Generosity: Encourage your family to engage in acts of service and generosity. Teach your children the importance of giving back and being thankful for what they have.
- Count Your Blessings: Regularly remind your family to count their blessings and focus on what they have rather than what they lack.
- Express Appreciation: Don’t hesitate to express your appreciation and love to your wife and children. Let them know how thankful you are for them.
- Create a Gratitude Journal: Consider keeping a family gratitude journal where everyone can write down what they’re thankful for each day or week. This can be a beautiful keepsake.
- Lead Family Worship: Take the initiative to lead your family in times of worship and praise. Sing songs of thanksgiving together and read passages from the Bible that inspire gratitude.
Thanksgiving is everyday dads, so live it and celebrate it:
Living out Psalms 9:1 as a dad means continually acknowledging God’s goodness, teaching your family to do the same, and nurturing an atmosphere of gratitude and praise in your home. This will not only help you fulfill your calling as a father but also strengthen the bond within your family and bring glory to God through your thankful living.