Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Oh, give thanks to the God of gods!
For His mercy endures forever.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords!
For His mercy endures forever. – Psalm 136:1-3
The Alphabet of Thanks!
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow…” (From an old hymn)
“Count your blessing, name them one by one.” (Another old-time favorite song)
We are thankful, hopefully not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of the year. I pray that the Holy Spirit will help me be a grateful person, to give thanks to our Lord God, our maker, and our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ every day. Just today, I felt the Lord opened my eyes to see the countless blessings He has given us. So, I would like to share some of those blessings here in alphabetical order. This concept of “alphabet thanksgiving” is borrowed from a dear neighbor and friend. However, the content of thanksgiving is from our hearts.
Here is our “alphabet thanksgiving list” to our Creator God, the Giver of all blessings. We praise and thank our Lord God for the following physical and spiritual blessings:
A – Apostles (the 12 original disciples of Jesus who spread the Good News of salvation); Air we breathe, Animals (pets).
B – The Bible, the written Word of God in our language; the Bible is the Word of God.
“ All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV)
Birds, books, babies, bread
C – Church family, Christians, and children. Also thankful for the blessing of computers to use and candies and chocolate to enjoy.
D – Devotions/devotional books to nourish our soul.
E – Eternal life through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. We also thank God for electricity, eyes, eyesight, and ears.
F – Freedom, both physical and spiritual; the blessing of being in a free land.
“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 (NKJV)
Forever grateful also to our Father God for His forgiveness and faithfulness.
Thankful also for the blessings of families, friends, flowers, and food!
G – Goodness of God
H – Holy Spirit as our comforter and guide to all truth.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:26 (NKJV)
Thankful also for the hope of heaven, health, and healing.
I – I AM (the eternal existing One)
“And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14 (NKJV)
J – Jesus Christ. Very grateful for the love and sacrifice of our Lord Jesus on the cross, the lamb who was slain.
K – Kingdom key
“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16: 19 (NKJV)
L – the gift of Love, love of God, families and families,
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” I John 4:7 (NKJV)
M – Mercy of God and the blessing of mothers, moon, mouth,
N – New beginnings and new life.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
O – Omnipotent (all-powerful) and Omnipresent (always present) God
(Others: oxygen, ocean)
P – Sweet Presence of Jesus
Q – Quiet times in prayer and Bible study
R – the gift of Rest
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 (NKJV)
S – Salvation
“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 (NKJV)
Sun (sunrise, sunset), Sisters, Stars, Sleep, Skills
T – Talents and/or spiritual gifts
“And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability.” (Matthew 25:15 (NKJV). Also see I Corinthians 12.
U – Universe “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Genesis 1:1 (NKJV)
V – Victory in Christ
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” I John 5:4-5 (NKJV)
W – Wisdom
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 (NKJV)
X – X-ray machines used to check health, Xerox machines to make copies
Y – Yahweh (I AM)
“And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord I was not known to them.” Exodus 6:2-3 (NKJV)
Z – Zebras, Zoom, Zest, Ziplock storage bags
Perhaps you can add some of your own “items for thanks” to this list!