Last week I gave you tips on a guilt-free Thanksgiving Dinner. It’s important to plan and prepare when it comes to maintaining health and fitness. But today I want to talk about preparing our hearts for Thanksgiving. If we go to the dinner table having exercised our bodies beforehand, choosing the right foods and being mindful of what we put on our plates, take a walk after dinner, but we still don’t have a grateful heart, then we’ve missed the whole point of the day.
How do we prepare our hearts for Thanksgiving?
Take some time late the night before Thanksgiving Day or early that morning for some quiet time. Get alone, grab your Bible and a notebook, and do your “heart prep”.
- Read scripture. May I suggest Psalm 95, Psalm 100, Philippians 2:5-11, I Thessalonians 5:16-18 & 23-24
- Count your blessings. Write down things you are thankful for. There’s no minimum requirement. But I think after you write down one thing, another, then another, and another will pop into your mind. From the smell of your coffee brewing to your warm home to your children. There’s nothing too small or too trivial to be thankful for. Write it down.
- Pray. Tell God “Thanks “for all those things. It all comes from Him and is because of Him. Welcome Him into your day and your celebration. Pray for family members you will see or maybe those who can’t make it to your gathering. Pray for healed relationships. Pray for safe travels.
- Get some fresh air. Not really with the point of exercising or doing your workout, but to get outside and enjoy this beautiful creation. Breathe in the smells. Notice the colors. Feel the air on your skin.
- Slow down. Let these moments that you spend take you into a less rushed day. Let this set the tone to your day.
How are you preparing your heart for Thanksgiving?