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Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling author and speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa has lead thousands over the past 15 years to help make their walk with God an invigorating journey. Not...

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  1. Wow. I don’t really know what to say. I know I take things for granted, but I do try to thank God for what I have. Sadly, I must admit that I grumble about what I don’t have more than I thank Him for what I do. Today I will try to remember to be grateful that I don’t have to dig in the trash for the treasure of food and I will try to remember tomorrow and the next day and the next…
    Thank you for this beautiful post.

  2. Thank you, Lysa. I needed this reminder today, especially in the next couple of weeks which should be fairly stressful. I will be thankful that my daughter made it through high school and will be going to college next year. I will be thankful for the 20-some family who are coming into town to celebrate. I will be thankful for the 200-plus people my daughter invited to her graduation party without checking with me first. I will be thankful for all of this because it truly is a blessed time in our lives.

  3. Awesome post!! Living in Africa I see these people everyday who are looking for the treasures in thrown away food.
    Lord teach me thanksgiving….

  4. Thanks You Lysa for sharing. Its so ironic how we often forget to thank God, even for the little things. He tells us in his word….in all things give thanks for this is the will of God concerning you. Yet, there are times when we complain or doubt God and his abilities. Lord, I just want to thank you this day for your everlasting love and mercy in my life.

  5. Thank you Lysa for this beautiful post. What a reminder to have a heart of thankfulness. No matter our given circumstances, and some of us have truly seen the ugliness of life, it is so important to pause and give thanks to the Giver of good and perfect gifts for his mercy and grace. For another breath. For a drop of water. This is a post I especially needed for my weary and tired soul this morning.

  6. I did a post on being THANKFUL FOR ALL last year. This is a wonderful post and a powerful story. My God is an awesome God 🙂

  7. What a wonderful post. I have a friend from high school whose 13 yr old daughter is undergoing treatment for Lyme Disease. The Lyme grew during the time she was misdiagnosed with Lupus and now she suffers more pain than I could ever imagine. In her caring bridge site my friend always writes about the smallest details of life that she is thankful for. Even when her daughter can’t walk she praises God for the smallest details. Such a powerful reminder.

  8. Today…I am totally blessed. Gifts abound. I am filled to overflowing. Anxiety always lurks in the background, but in this moment, I feel blessed and filled.

  9. Yes I have dug food out of the garbage dumpster to eat. When my roommate and I were poor college students we used to go to the local super market and take out some quite nice produce. It may have not been good to sell but was still good to eat.

  10. Lysa,
    I cannot even begin to tell you how much I needed this today!!! I had a HORRIBLE day-I’m a first year, first grade teacher. Today I got 2 really nasty notes & phone calls. They have totally crushed my spirit, but I am going to choose to praise my God who is all-powerful. Thank you for the reminder to praise Him in all circumstances! “Oh praise the One who paid my debt, and raised this life up from the dead…”

  11. Yes, Lysa! Can I join you in this refrain?
    Thanksgiving has changed my life, continues to change my life, and all those years I sang that Daniel was a man of prayer, and that he was but Scripture goes further and says how he prayed: “Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.” (Daniel 6:10)… Daniel was a man of prayer — because He was a man of THANKS. He had to pray to God because his heart overflowed with gratitude to God!
    May I whisper thanksgiving tonight — for your son? For his mama loving him? For a faith in the goodness of God that can give thanks in the midst of hard, incomprehensible situations?
    Thank you, Lysa… I thank Jesus for you.

  12. Hi Lysa,
    Great post!
    Fun to run across you here. I met you 10 years ago when we were both speakers at the Hearts at Home conference. (I was 8.5 months pregnant with my 9th child.)
    I had heard that you adopted from Liberia. I, too, added a few more children … from Ghana.
    Blessings to you and your family!
    Laurel

  13. Lysa, thank you SO much for sharing. What a powerful and beautiful reminder of God’s blessing to BE THANKFUL. I really appreciated hearing this. <3

  14. I love this post! We recently had an ectopic pregnancy and even in the midst of the valley we are able to see the beauty of the mountaintops. We are so very grateful right now. Great article!