"Taking for granted all the temporal provisions and spiritual blessings
that God has so richly bestowed on us,
and so failing to continually give thanks, is one of our "acceptable sins"
[Jerry Bridges, Respectable Sins]
"O Lord, that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!"
"Let every thing that hath breath praise
the LORD. Praise ye the LORD."
"If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get."
[Frank A. Clark]
"Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be
made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and
peaceable life in all godliness and reverence."
[Apostle Paul - 1 Timothy 2:1, 2]
"Praise is the best auxiliary to prayer; and he who most bears in mind what has been done
for him by God will be most emboldened to supplicate fresh gifts from above."
"If we meet someone who owes us
thanks, we right away remember that.
But how often do we meet someone to whom we owe thanks without remembering that?"
[Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe]
"The unthankful heart discovers no
but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessing,"
[Henry Ward Beecher]
"If spend every moment, for the rest of my days,
thanking God for all his goodness to us, that would still not be enough."
"The man who has forgotten to be thankful has fallen asleep in
[Robert Louis Stevenson]
"I can no other answer make but thanks,
and thanks, and ever thanks."
"Giving thanks for abundance is greater
than abundance itself."
"The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest."
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of
virtues, but the parent of all others."
[Marcus Tullius Cicero]
"Gratitude is the sign of noble souls."
"I would maintain that thanks are the
highest form of thought,
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."
[G. K. Chesterton]
"The soul that gives thanks can find
comfort in everything
and the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing."
[Hannah Whitall Smith]
"When I stop practicing
[thankfulness] one day, I see the difference;
when I stop two days, my friends see the difference;
when I stop a week, everybody sees the difference."
"What a person praises is perhaps a surer standard,
even than what he condemns,
of his own character, information and abilities."
"One distinguishing mark of an unregenerate man is ingratitude."
[E. J. Conrad]
is the finest measure of thanksgiving: a thankfulness that springs from love."
[William C. Skeath]
"By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is,
the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name."
"The very fact that a man is thankful implies Someone to be thankful to."
"He who forgets the language of gratitude can never be on speaking terms with happiness."
[C. Neil Strait]
"Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count past mercies."
[Charles E. Jefferson]
"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them,
is the true measure of our thanksgiving."
[W. T. Purkis]
"Gratitude, in most men, is only a strong and secret hope of greater favors."
"Attitudes sour in the life that is closed to thankfulness.
Soon selfish attitudes take over, closing life to better things."
[C. Neil Strait]
"From David learn to give
thanks for everything.
Every furrow in the Book of Psalms is sown with the seeds of thanksgiving."
"I praise God because he not only guides my directions but overrules my mistakes."
[H. Norman Pell]
"No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks."
[Ambrose of Milan]
"True thanksgiving means that we need to thank God for what He has done for us,
and not to tell Him what we have done for Him."
[George R. Hendrick]
ďSilent gratitude isnít much use to anyone.Ē
[G. B. Stern]
"We are so taken up with the affairs of the present that we don't have time to give thanks
for blessings of the past."
[John A. Broadus]
"As we pause to thank Him for the blessings of the past year,
we must not forget to thank Him for the lessons we have learned through our difficult times.
We are not to be thankful for just the pleasant, easy things, but ALL things."
"We tend to take all the gifts and pleasures and happiness and the joy without saying much to God.
We take our health and strength, our food and clothing and our loved ones, all for granted;
but the moment anything goes wrong we start grumbling and complaining and
we say 'Why should God do this to me, why should this happen to me?'
How slow we are to thank and swift to grumble."
"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many--not on your past misfortunes,
of which all men have some."
"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues."
[Marcus Tullius Cicero - seen this quote two ways the other is recorded above]
"Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies."
[Charles E. Jefferson]
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
[William Arthur Ward]
"Gratitude to God should be as habitual as the reception of mercies is constant,
as ardent as the number of them is great,
as devout as the riches of divine grace and goodness is incomprehensible.
"Giving thanks to God for both His temporal and spiritual blessings in our lives
is not just a nice thing to do - it is the moral will of God.
Failure to give Him the thanks due Him is sin."
[Jerry Bridges, Respectable Sins]
"O Lord, who lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness."
"He who remembers the benefits of his parents is too much occupied with his recollections
to remember their faults."
"We never approach God without cause for gratitude.
Thankfulness, a duty and delight greatly prominent in the Bible, is the declarative mood of gratitude -
a bright fire in the world's frigid zone, the memory and homage of the heart,
a master force in soul-building, the greatest tonic faith has. Be ye thankful."
[Robert G. Lee]
"I hate ingratitude more in man than lying, vainness, drunkenness or any taint of vice,
whose strong corruption inhibits our frail blood."
"Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil of which thanks naturally grow.
A proud man is seldom a grateful man,
for he never thinks he gets much as he deserves."
[Henry Ward Beecher]
"That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works."
"Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without
thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. ]
Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude.
Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road."
[John Henry Jowett]
"To hear someone say 'Happy Turkey Day' makes me sad because they have nothing
to be thankful for and no one to whom to be thankful."
"Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those
we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now."
[A. W. Tozer]
"We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction."
[Harry A. Ironside]
"The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.
No Americans have been more impoverished than these who,
nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving."
[H. U. Westermayer]
"In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give,
and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich."
"You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.' You make a mistake.
If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled."
[Charles Haddon Spurgeon]
"Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor
and praise for His goodness."
[Robert Casper Lintner
"Our rural ancestors, with little blest, patient of labor
when the end was rest, indulged the day
that housed their annual grain, with feasts, and offerings, and a thankful strain."
"Remember God's bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts,
except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!"
[Henry Ward Beecher]
ďA thanksgiving-day hath a double precedency of a fast-day.
On a fast-day we eye Godís anger; on a thanksgiving-day we look to Godís favor.
In the former we specially mind our corruptions; in the latter, Godís compassions;
therefore a fast-day calls for sorrow, a thanksgiving-day for joy.
But the Lordís day is the highest thanksgiving day.Ē
[George Swinnock ]
"The Christian who walks with the Lord and keeps constant communion with Him will see
many reason for rejoicing and thanksgiving all day long."
"No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here."
[John Greenleaf Whittier]
"It must be an odd feeling to be thankful to nobody in particular.
Christians in public institutions often see this odd thing happening on Thanksgiving Day.
Everyone in the institution seems to be thankful 'in general.'
It's very strange. It's a little like being married in general."
[Cornelius Plantingua, Jr.]
"Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel."
"Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him
for putting roses among thorns."
"He who receives a good turn should never forget it; he who does one should never remember it."
"Gratitude is the least of the virtues, but ingratitude is the worst of vices."
"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift."
[Apostle Paul - 2 Corinthians 9:15]
"Do not fancy, as too many do, that thou canst praise God by singing hymns to Him
in church once a week, and disobeying Him all the week long.
He asks of thee works as well as words; and more, he asks of thee works first and words after."
"My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing
and give praise. Awake up, my glory;
awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations."
[David - Psalm 57:7 - 9]
"If anyone would tell you the shortest, surest way to happiness and all perfection,
he must tell you to make it a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything
that happens to you. For it is certain that whatever seeming calamity happens to you,
if you thank and praise God for it, you turn it into a blessing."
"How wonderful it would be if we could help our children
to learn thanksgiving at an early age.
Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a childís personality Ö
thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people."
[Sir John Templeton]
"For a Christian thanksgiving, we must give thanks."
"But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you,
as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness,
nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks."
[Apostle Paul - Ephesians 5:3, 4 NKJV]
"Thank you, dear God
For all You have given me,
For all You have taken away from me,
For all You have left me."
We come, O Lord, these Autumn days,
With hymns of gratitude and praise.
Harvest of gold the plains adorn,
Rich fruits roll forth from Plentyís horn;
Thou givest treasures from the rocks;
The little hills are clothed with flocks;
The seas are with their burden white,
And new Thy mercies day and night.
For changing seasons as they go,
For Autumn leaf, for Winterís snow,
For the green verdure of the Spring,
For life in plant and life on wing,
For Summer with its ripening heat,
For hopes the rounded years complete,
For morn and noon, for night and day,
For light that marks our heavenward way;
For all the blessings of Thy hand,
For freedom in fair freedomís land,
Pursuits of thrift that bring us wealth,
For schools and churches, peace and health,
For commerce, yielding up her stores,
Brought for manís use from distant shores;
For countless gifts, O Lord, we raise
Our hymns of gratitude and praise.
Thou settest man in families,
And all his wants the earth supplies;
Of children, be they far or near,
Of childrenís children gathered here,
We thank Thee for Thy gracious care,
And lift for them the secret prayer,
As clustered round each social board
We eat and drink, and praise the Lord.
[J. E. Rankin]
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